Anyone who is on a fitness journey, particularly those just starting out, could tell you that the most difficult part of the process is finding motivation. Many fitness gurus say that once you get into a habit of working out, it will become part of your day and that once your body feels the endorphins of working out, it will become a part of your day you don’t want to skip. Studies say that one must do something 14 times for it to become habit, but waking up 14 days in a row at 5AM to run doesn’t always seem feasible or desirable. Nor does coming home from a long day at work to lift weights. While it seems like some people are born with the drive and discipline to be gym goers, others need a bit more help in the motivation department, and an excellent way to find this motivation is through a personal trainer.
One of the best parts of a personal trainer is that they are just that: personal. Part of their job is to know their clients and know what they need in order to see results. For example, some trainers are tough when they know their clients respond to fierce pressure or competition. Other clients may need a softer approach, including uplifting dialogue and a little more understanding. The best personal trainers, however, will know how and when to utilize both. They will push their clients when necessary and pull back when they see their clients shutting down. To be truly motivated by a personal trainer, they must figure out the combination of tactics you need to make you successful. This isn’t always easy, but with commitment from you and them, you will be able to reach your goals.
A trainer can also help you learn to love and appropriately use your fitness club. Have you ever been to a gym and felt intimidated or overwhelmed by all the equipment? These negative feelings can deter your workout. When you feel like you’ve had a “bad” workout, this can cause a sharp decrease in motivation. A personal trainer is instrumental in helping you navigate the machines and know how to use them. When you have confidence in the gym, it will take away some of the stress of your workout and allow you to focus on proper form and intensity.
Finally, trainers can be aspirational. If you find a trainer with a body type you admire and that you feel is attainable to you, working out with them can really motivate you to push yourself to your limits to achieve your goal. Plus, getting to know your trainer and their success story will help motivate you to create your own success story.
Personal training is certainly not a quick fix. It is a long term lifestyle change that can help you get into a new mindset and make the necessary changes to your fitness program and diet. As you start to see results, your motivation will increase as well.