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Why Do You Need A Personal Trainer?

October 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments ·


When a student needs help in his academic work, he seeks help from tutor; when you want to learn swimming, you get an instructor to assist you. When you need help in your exercise program in gym, who will you look for?

Personal trainer. In this post, I will share with some of the reasons you should consider hiring a personal trainer (PT). Here are the top 7 reasons:

1) You Do Not See Result
If you have been working out for few months and not seeing any changes you want, you may need some help. Personal trainer will give you a jump start by recommending you a program that suits your fitness goals. He will check your diet habit and recommend changes.

2) You Do Not Know What To Do And Where To Start
When you are new to gym, you may shy away from the free weight or machine area because you do not know what workout to do. Personal trainer is someone who can give you a big help. He assists you to set fitness goals, map out a workout schedule and show you how to use the fitness equipments in the gym. With an effective effort, you will achieve your goals faster.

One common mistake many people, be it beginner, intermediate or advanced gym goers has the tendency to train mainly upper body. I mean, the chest, biceps and triceps. That is why it is common to see them having arms bigger than their thighs. A lot of upper body exercises and lack of lower half workouts will create an unbalanced body shape. A good personal trainer can help you in this area with a structured program.

For new gym goer, check out my post of How Not To Get Intimidated When You Are New at Gym?


3) You Want Challenge
If you have been working out out for some time, you may get bored with the same old training routine. You want some changes in your workout, but not sure whether they will bring any benefits to you. A trainer can bring fresh perspective and ideas to your workout and guide you to push past your self-imposed limit. You may lift heavier and build more stamina.

4) You Want Motivation

Some people also tend to slack off after exercising for few months. Personal trainer will motivate you to work harder. He will remind you about the appointment. Scheduling regular appointments helps eliminate any excuses you may give for not exercising. I also find the encouragement during heavy lifting is very helpful.

5) You Have a Specific Illness or Injury
If you suffer from arthritis, heart disease, asthma or old injuries, experienced personal trainer will find a workout program to help injuries and avoid any further problem. He will also ensure you do the exercise correctly and spot you with heavy weights to avoid other possible injuries. He will observe, assist and correct you if needed. If you are injured before, trainer can recommend exercises that emphasize overall muscular balance to prevent future injuries.

6) You Are Preparing For A Sport or Event
If you are joining a marathon, basketball, golf tournament or preparing for your wedding and want to look good in front of cameras, a personal trainer can create a workout program. However, make sure he is experienced in the sport you are joining and engage his service at least few months ahead your big day.

7) You Do Not Want To Work Out at Gym
Some personal trainers actually go to your home. If you have a home gym, a trainer can show you how to use what you have to get the best workout for you. He can also bring other simple fitness equipment with his visit after you tell him what you want to do.


No matter what the reasons are, one thing for sure, once you work with personal trainer for some time, you will be more confident when you walk into any gym. You know what you are doing and you can do it safely on your own. Don’t get me wrong. Personal training is an option and it is never a must. If you have gym buddies who can guide you and you have great discipline, by all means, you can train on your own. But, if you do need help, you can always explore the option of engaging the service. Check out my other article – How To Choose a Good Personal Trainer.



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  • foongpc // Oct 29, 2009 at 2:55 AM

    I think it’s good for a beginner to hire a personal trainer for a short period of time. After that, it’s really not necessary unless like you said, you need motivation or change of routines.

  • Yin Teing // Oct 30, 2009 at 9:26 AM

    For exercise, I don’t have problem with motivation but I only don’t know how. Conflicting information provided in magazines made it difficult for me to know what works and what doesn’t. In the end, I enrolled for a certified personal trainer course- not to be a PT for but knowledge. The price is less than 30 PT sessions that gives me a recognized certification. The take home knowledge lasts me for a lifetime. It’s an investment I’ve never regretted. It’s given me the foundation, so I can almost differenciate the facts from fads and I am able to identify my own goals and plan my programs. But for those who have issues with exercise motivation, getting a PT would be good but one have to ask- what happens after the PT sessions are over? The motivation to be fit and healthy has to come from within.

  • Jeremy // Oct 30, 2009 at 12:11 PM

    PT are recommended for beginners only and maybe some intermediate or advanced athletes who are looking for something different. Not for me though lol.

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