Due to the fact that I am myself a personal trainer, you would be forgiven for thinking this was an advertisement of my services. Fortunately for the reputation of my writing career it is not an advert, but simply a question to get you thinking about the possibility of using the services of a PT.
Personal trainers have been around for quite a while now. They have gained popularity as health and fitness has become more of a widespread craze and obesity / general laziness has become more of a problem. There is also a new fad sweeping Hollywood and celebrities of having well known personal trainers who then themselves become celebrities. So when people see celebrities with the body that they want, they automatically associate that body with a personal trainer. Of course this is a mistake to directly link the 2 and you don’t NEED a personal trainer to achieve results. It is my opinion, however, that the type of person who would make this link is the type of person who may be lacking in gym knowledge or motivation to a degree where a PT would be very beneficial.
Personal trainers are needed for the most part in cases where clients or gym goers are both new and uneducated in training or lacking motivation. If you feel that you are one of these types of people then you may need to look at the services of a personal trainer. I personally believe that if you don’t have access to an experienced athlete or trainer as a friend who will show you how to train when you first start then you will benefit from a personal trainer showing you a routine and how to perform it safely and effectively. Also if you are lacking motivation and don’t have someone to go to the gym with to push you to train hard then a PT may be just what you need to get the most out of your workouts every time.
Personal trainers often get a bad name around bodybuilding, powerlifting and advanced trainer circles because in general there is a certain level of arrogance involved with training where most people (I will include myself in this) believe their methods of training to be best and that other peoples ideas are not necessarily as good. In general if you look on most bodybuilding boards or forums you will see lots of debating over training methods and people being ridiculed for certain plans or methods that may work for them. PT’s vary in every sense. Some are more knowledgeable than others and some have different methods of training to others. I personally believe you cant categorize PT’s into one big group and generalize them with the same skill and knowledge level. Some PT’s are newly qualified and may not have been training long themselves. Other PT’s may be former champions of their chosen area and have been training decades. It is up to you as a gym goer to decide if the PT’s available to you are of a good enough quality to train you. I admit I have in the past slated the ideas and recommendations of personal trainers as being incorrect and it wasn’t until I became one myself that I understand there are different levels of quality in PT and you cannot generalize them.
So if you have a gym with some very well recommended personal trainers and you feel that you fit the above categories and could benefit from their services then I strongly recommend giving it a go. A word of advice I would give you though is to be cautious of the person. A PT is still a salesman at the end of the day. Research a routine that you think could work for you then get the PT to show you how to do it. Don’t get suckered into weeks of sessions with them as they convince you that you need them. Get them to educate you in the shorted time possible and then you can do it yourself. Use their services wisely. If you do this then it is a great benefit with relatively low cost levels.