Why use a Personal Trainer?

The more I observe people at the gym the more I believe in the necessity of Personal Training for a vast majority of gym members. It's common to think of a Personal Trainer as a "luxury item" but is a Personal Trainer really a luxury?

A search online for a definition of the word "luxury" reveals, "something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity." Another definition describes "luxury" as "lavishness: the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive." Certainly Hollywood stars parade their Personal Trainers in a manner that might be perceived as an indulgence but their ability to earn a living is tied to their appearance. Is it really a luxury or is an efficient use of their time? Isn't it reasonable that an entertainer should entrust the upkeep and improvement of their physical appearance to an expert?

What about the rest of us? Would any of us dare represent ourselves in a court of law based on our observation of "Law and Order" and "Judge Judy" or by reading "Law for Dummies"? If not, then why is it reasonable for untrained individuals with health and fitness goals to exercise based on articles in magazines or gleaned from the latest hyped DVD's?

It is no less potentially injurious to try following the next hyped routine in "name your magazine here" than it is to represent one's self in a court. In a court, you might lose your shirt or your freedom but in a gym you can suffer a serious injury or possibly worse, you might not get any results at all.

I deal with people who have a profound fear of failure on a regular basis. They tell me they need to lose weight, get stronger, feel less pain, etc. but they are afraid to get the help they really need. They are afraid to really try to change because they can't stomach the possibility of failing themselves. By doing nothing they keep their level of pain but don't risk the chance of greater pain. It's a losing strategy. They aren't happy with their current level of health and they know it affects the quality of their life in a negative way but they've been dealing with this low-level pain for so long, it's the enemy they know. It's an example of the destructive phenomenon where a majority of people will take action to avoid pain rather than seeking pleasure.

Many of these people join a gym, try it for a few weeks and then stop coming back. They "get busy at work" or some other convenient rationalization that allows them to blame their failure on something other than their own effort. If these people have health and fitness goals, is hiring a Personal Trainer to assist them a luxury? I submit that it is a necessity. They won't do it themselves because the changes represent too much pain.

What about the members who do go to the gym on a regular basis? In all likelihood they are successful in their chosen field or trade but they are neophytes in the realm of health or wellness. I know this because I see them month in and month out and a vast majority don't change. Because they don't change they believe they are just meant to be heavier or just meant to not build muscle or whatever they want to do but can't. They don't realize they don't change because they don't have the expertise or the experience.

Here's how you spot the person who is avoiding pain or thinks they know it all:

They'll either ask you about some fat-loss supplement or they'll be using one. They'll ask about protein powder despite not even knowing what they eat on a daily basis. They'll be on some diet that involves lemon juice or pepper or cabbage. They'll be doing a routine from a dvd or magazine but they'll have poor, if not injurious, form.

Short-cuts. Always looking for short-cuts instead of smart, efficient, directed effort. The kind of effort that a qualified Personal Trainer can manage. When managed by a passionate, knowledgeable, full-time Personal Trainer, you can be assured you will achieve the results you want. You don't take golf lessons from a butcher, so don't look for the answers to your health and fitness goals anywhere but with a qualified Personal Trainer.

If a person has health and fitness goals and they value their time and their well-being, a Personal Trainer is a necessity. The time saved and the results achieved coupled with the greatly reduced risk of serious injury are far more valuable in the long run than their initial investment in working with an expert.

Changing one's body is serious business--there can be side effects both physically and mentally if you make a mistake. You only have one body, work with an expert if you want to make changes.

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