Health & Wellness

3 top reasons why you should invest in a personal trainer

August 23, 2016
3 reasons to invest in a personal trainer

Exercising is important to keep our body and minds healthy, however, many of us struggle to incorporate some form of exercise into our lives.

We make excuses; no time, too old, don’t have the right clothing, too tired.  The list of excuses goes on and our health takes a backward step.

What is the #1 barrier to Exercising?

The answer is simple:  MOTIVATION

Starting and keeping motivated is the main barrier that stops us from maintaining a regular exercise program.  Sure, we know we should be exercising – we read everywhere about the benefits of exercise to our health, the growing number of people suffering from obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other health related issues.

Mike and I have a personal trainer Nikki!  We have been seeing her for probably 3 years now. We train twice a week with her and I recently overheard Mike talking with a friend and he said ‘I probably wouldn’t exercise if it wasn’t for Nikki’.

Now of course I can hear you say ‘I can’t afford a personal trainer’ but really you should be asking yourself ‘Can I not afford to have a personal trainer?’

3 top reasons why you should invest in a personal trainer

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Motivation

A personal trainer provides motivation and encouragement.  They are trained to provide variety in your sessions so you don’t get bored.  Nikki usually asks what our goal is for the next 3 months and we work towards achieving that goal.

Accountability

Having a personal trainer keeps you accountable. Apart from the money you spend for the sessions, you have a regular booking and have made the commitment.  You are more likely to exercise and turn up to training because it is scheduled and you have paid for it.

Nikki also sends us a ‘gentle’ reminder text the night before each session.

Personally designed exercise program

I love not having to think about what I’m going to do for exercise.  A good personal trainer will design a program specifically for You.  They take into account your health, fitness level, goals and mindset.

I love that before each session, Nikki asks ‘how is your body feeling today?’ ‘what is your body telling you?’.  Nikki can easily adjust the session depending on the answer to the question.  If I want to go hard – we go hard.  If I’m feeling a little vulnerable then maybe we have a yoga session.

Mike and I have a combined session once a week and Nikki is able to provide a challenging session for both of us, even though we are at different fitness levels.

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Nikki gives us so much more than this.  We have built a strong relationship with her and she knows what makes us tick and how to get the best out of both Mike and I during our training session.  She is also like a life coach and keeps us on track with nutrition as well as exercise.

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Have you ever had a personal trainer?  What was your experience?

In my next post I discuss How to Select the Right Personal Trainer for You.

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24 Comments

  • Reply Helene Cohen Bludman August 24, 2016 at 07:06

    I have thought about investing in a personal trainer …. I really should do it! That’s great that you have stuck with it for so long.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 25, 2016 at 06:22

      We have found the perfect PT for us Helene and that isn’t always easy. Nikki has really kept both my husband and I on track health wise and she has become a good friend as well.

    • Reply Laurie Ellis September 6, 2016 at 00:03

      While most > 50 women would rather be caught dead than in a sleeveless top, I found that a personal trainer toned my arms so I can wear a sleeveless dress in confidence, dimples disappeared along with my pouch. Worth the investment.

      • Reply Sue Loncaric September 6, 2016 at 09:25

        Yes I probably wouldn’t have toned arms if it wasn’t for my PT. She gives me such variety to work all parts of my body and now that Summer is coming I’m looking forward to showing off my guns LOL:)

  • Reply Carol Cassara August 24, 2016 at 08:38

    You don’t need to convince me. I have had one for more than a decade!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 25, 2016 at 06:22

      Yes I know Carol and don’t you feel better for it!

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark August 24, 2016 at 09:04

    I had a personal trainer for a while but, honestly, I would rather play tennis and walk with my iPod. I do need to exercise more, however I do it!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 25, 2016 at 06:23

      As long as you do some activity Lois that is the main thing. PT’s aren’t for everyone or can be expensive but for those starting out or lacking motivation they are a good way to get your exercising back on track.

  • Reply Cathy Chester August 24, 2016 at 10:10

    I wish I had a personal trainer. I had one once but with our finances in such jeopardy I can’t afford one right now. It would be the perfect answer for me, in more ways than one! Good for you!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 25, 2016 at 06:24

      Yes the expense side does come into it Cathy. Even though we say we are worth the money sometimes the money just isn’t there. Perhaps you could join a group class if you are interested that keeps the price down. Have a great day.

  • Reply Roxanne Jones August 24, 2016 at 10:12

    You make a compelling case for having a trainer. The accountability factor is a biggie for me. It’s too easy to blow off group classes or self-directed exercise–having to suit up and show up (and pay up!) would probably get me off my arse on a more regular basis! Great piece.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 25, 2016 at 06:25

      Thanks Roxanne! Yes Nikki keeps us accountable by sending us a text the night before checking we will be at the session etc. Sometimes of course, you don’t feel like going but you know you have someone waiting for you and of course you have invested the $$$s so you push yourself to go and feel fabulous after the session. Have a great day!

  • Reply Linda Hobden August 25, 2016 at 01:31

    A personal trainer is somebody I would love to have – for the time being though, financially wise, I can’t justify it … but the idea hasn’t been dismissed for the exact reasons you’ve mentioned above! Especially the motivation part.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 25, 2016 at 06:27

      I think the financial aspect is the main factor people don’t have personal trainers. They feel it is a luxury they can’t stretch the budget to and that is fine. On the flip side the motivation and accountability really keep me on track with my health and exercise. Have a beautiful day Linda!

  • Reply Molly Stevens August 25, 2016 at 09:37

    I can see the advantage of having a trainer, Sue. This may be on my list to do when I retire. At this point I fit my fitness into my daily routine by taking a couple of walks per day at work. It has been a great way to keep moving, get outside and give me some motivation to keep on working.

  • Reply Leanne August 25, 2016 at 16:01

    I’ll probably never get a personal trainer (the cost is what would stop me I’m afraid) but you’re absolutely right about how they motivate you and keep you moving forward in your health and fitness.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 26, 2016 at 13:26

      I know it can be very expensive Leanne that after motivation would be the problem that stop most people from having a PT. I feel very lucky to have Nikki in our life.

  • Reply Silly Mummy August 26, 2016 at 10:48

    I’ve never used a personal trainer, though I used to workout a lot before the kids. Can definitely see the appeal of not having to plan your own routine!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 26, 2016 at 13:32

      That is one of the things I love the most. Our PT gives us so much variety – I would never be able to come up with the sessions she does. I’m never bored that is for sure!

  • Reply Janice Wald August 26, 2016 at 11:47

    I feel guilty. I am eating popcorn smothered with butter as I write you.
    Janice

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 26, 2016 at 13:35

      Oh yum! You know you could eat as much of that as you like if you had a personal trainer ha! ha!

  • Reply How to select the right Personal Trainer for You - Sizzling Towards Sixty August 30, 2016 at 03:05

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  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski September 3, 2016 at 11:28

    It was really hard for me to shell out that amount of money for a PT, but I needed it. I am not making real progress in both fitness and nutrition. I finally said to myself “If you were sick or injured, you would think nothing of paying $XXX to get well. Why don’t you just pay it up front to stay well?” An investment in your health is the best investment of all!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2016 at 15:49

      Exactly Cathy! I know it isn’t cheap but an investment in your health will save you money in the future by reducing potential medical bills.

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