Why Use a Personal Trainer?
Let's face it, personal trainers can be expensive for some people. How do you justify the expense?
For people who have a decent disposable income and want to maximize their training, using a personal trainer is almost an afterthought. It's just something they do.
A trainer ensures that a client is training with the proper volume and intensity as well as the proper technique. In addition, the trainer can be an encouragement, an accountability partner and designs and redesigns the workout plan according to a client's needs and desires. If a client enjoys particular forms of exercise better than others, the trainer can usually integrate those forms of exercise into an overall plan. In addition, if a client is preparing for a specific event or sport, the trainer should know or be able to do enough research to know how best to train for the specific sport.
For many people, the cost of a trainer is harder to justify. Sure, you many have health needs. Perhaps you haven't trained in a while. Perhaps you've never trained or exercised. You need help. You need to figure out where to begin and Youtube videos and impersonal blog posts just are working for you. Perhaps you need the accountability that a trainer brings.
Some ways to reduce costs and more easily justify using a trainer are:
1. Reduce the frequency of training
2. Work with a trainer remotely with skype or by phone
Reducing training frequency is a valid option. Many people need periodic accountability, not daily or even weekly. One option is to go on a monthly schedule with a trainer. You can meet with the trainer in person, receive an assessment and a workout design. The trainer can teach you appropriate form and then you can do your workouts when you want to and not confined by when the trainer can meet.
You then meet with the trainer at the end of the month or whatever your predetermined interval will be. The trainer will check in with you by email or phone periodically to ensure that you are working out and so that you can discuss any needed changes or any problems with the workout. Then at the periodic meeting, you can redesign the workout. In this model, you can reduce your expense by quite a bit.
The purely remote model can work as well. The assessment process is a bit more difficult as you'll probably have to have someone take basic measurements or you'll have to do them yourself. However using a video call, the trainer can observe form and make adjustments. This requires that you have a camera wherever you are working out and that you can have that camera operating while you perform an exercise.
Still both of these options greatly reduce your cost and make personal training available to a much broader group of people. While the trainer isn't there with you every time you exercise, the trainer can provide instruction and ensure you are working out. You can send email with your actual workout as well as your eating habits, then you can either meet or have a phone call when necessary. Instead of what could be $400 to $600 a month on personal training, a remote relationship with a trainer might cost between $50 and $100 a month depending on your needs.
Using a trainer can greatly increase your fitness progress, weight loss or mobility. Regular exercise contributes to a variety of life benefits, better muscle tone, cardiovascular health, joint health, and neurological health. This is especially true as we age. Once a person gets past the age of forty, many body functions change and people lose strength and bone structure begins to change. Exercise can slow the aging process, but whether you are young or older, exercising regularly and efficiently increases your ability to live your life to the fullest. A trainer can increase both the fun and the efficiency of your workout.