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Why You Need to Hire a Personal Fitness Trainer

Want to be healthier, happier and more functionally fit? Maybe you just want to look good or get ripped. It doesn’t matter what your gym goals are – a qualified personal trainer can make them more reachable for you.

Here are reasons why you should consider working with a personal trainer:

You’re a beginner.

Pumping iron is not as simple as lifting heavy objects, putting them down, and lifting them up again. You may think everything is so easy, but what makes you so sure? You may even have a “workout buddy,” but what makes you so convinced you’re getting correct coaching? It’s great to have friends working out with you, but a professional trainer is the only one who can guarantee you’ll do it right.
You like the machines a lot.

Instead of doing proper squats, do you usually head over to the leg press machine over the Smith rack? Have you never tried a deadlift before? Do you often use the pec deck? In terms of lifting, nothing works better than old school, which means free weights. Machines do serve a purpose, but you should rely on them only for “finishing” exercises.

You focus too much on the bar muscles.

For men, without a doubt, women dig bulging biceps, but that’s no reason to get stuck there. Look at your body as a single whole unit. An effective personal trainer can offer you a complete lifting program that addresses your specific goals, as well as boosts your body’s health and performance in a way that women find appealing.

You just love the pec deck.

It’s good to do some bicep pumps, but an all-body approach targeting multiple joint movements is important – deadlifts, rows, overhead press, squats, bench press, and chin-ups.

You’re causing injury to yourself and/or barely making progress.

Weightlifting is very important. You need a professional to ensure that you’re lifting correctly to get the best results but with your joints protected. Stop flopping around, trying to bench more than you need to.

You’re bored or you’ve reached a plateau.

No matter how accomplished you are as a lifter, a trainer can still help you with new combinations to keep lifting more interesting.

If you’re convinced you need a personal trainer (well, most people do, at least, in the beginning), don’t just pick any trainer. Find someone who will gladly give you references and has certification. Not all certifications are created equal though. Examples of reputable ones are IDEA Health & Fitness Association, ACE (American Council on exercise), and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).

Certainly, you must also inquire about payment. You can usually get a better rate on a package of, say, 10 to 20 sessions. Make sure the trainer’s philosophy matches yours, or you won’t be happy with them and you’ll barely progress. Lastly, take a look at the trainer. If he’s not in the best shape, ask why. You can’t be motivated by someone who can’t motivate himself.

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