Once upon a time, having a Personal Training was only for the rich and famous. An exclusive luxury for those who could afford to be shouted at to run the extra mile or drop and smash out 20 more press ups. A fashionable privilege for celebrities and athletes, but not your everyday gym goer.

Thankfully, times are a-changing. Not only has the style of Personal Training completely shifted in recent years to a more positive and encouraging approach, it’s also becoming somewhat more affordable. Both of these reasons are major contributions to the ever-growing popularity of the Personal Trainer.  

However, with so many options on the market; styles and niches, promotions and packages, how do you know what (or who) to choose?

Will a Personal Trainer even be worth the effort, money, and research?

The Positives

It’s easy to rattle off a long list of why Personal Training is great. It’s motivating, educational, you don’t have to plan too much and your confidence soars when you can work the gym floor like a pro.

On the whole, you can come away from each session with an hours worth of new exercises under your belt, confident that you were pushed as hard as possible and that your technique was scrutinized to perfection.

The Negatives

The success of Personal Training depends just as much on the client as it does on the trainer themselves. If you have the wrong attitude towards either your trainer or the sessions themselves then, chances are, it’ll be a bit of a waste of cash.

One of the most common errors that people make is hiring a Personal Trainer because they want a quick fix. It’s an immediate set-up for failure. Common sense will tell you that fitness requires effort, time and commitment. Personal Trainers can do amazing things but they’re not magicians.

If you follow a program correctly then yes, you’ll probably achieve your goals at a much faster rate than if you’re by yourself. However, if you’re only prepared to put in a couple of weeks worth of hard graft then likelihood is that you won’t get anywhere close to where you actually want to be.

It doesn’t matter if you don’t exactly know what your goals are – the Personal Trainer can help talk you through all that in your initial consultation. What won’t work is if you’re aspiring to achieve the goals of somebody else. The role of a Personal Trainer is to help you be the best you that you can be. Not to get you somebody else’s body or reach someone else’s personal best.

Going in for Personal Training – Top Tips:

  • Every client is different and so is every trainer. If you want to work on strength then there’s no point in going to a weight loss specialist. Choose someone whose niche fits yours.
  • Make sure you’re compatible – Why spend hour-long sessions every week with someone who irritates you? Get to know the trainer a bit before you hand over any money. If it doesn’t feel right then don’t be scared to walk away.
  • Be prepared to sign up for at least 8 sessions. Ideally 12 or more. If you’re not prepared to make a long term change and just fall back to old habits then yes, it will absolutely be a waste of money.