It’s not exactly a secret that I’d rather run any day than hit the gym. When I do hit the gym, I’d rather take a spin class or jump on the elliptical. I’m not sure when this started – I used to weight train 2-3 times a week before we had kids. I think it’s because I don’t get quite the endorphin “high” from weight lifting that I do from cardio. And, as a mom, I need that high. Really.
Anyways, after I ran Marine Corps Marathon, my body was begging for a break from running. I joined a gym and on a whim, took them up on a personal training deal. The five sessions were amazing and I really wish it was in the budget to continue. Here’s why I think you should hire a personal trainer…
- Accountability – this is huge if you are good at making excuses NOT to work out. I personally don’t have a problem getting in my cardio, but I’ll use every excuse in the book to avoid weights. Hiring a trainer not only means that there’s someone there waiting for you, but that person cost you money. You don’t want to waste money, do you?
- Push your limits – I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who will eek out one more lift/pushup/jump/etc for a trainer even when I don’t think I can. And I know that my trainer pushed me out of my comfort zone a lot. (I learned that I may be able to run a marathon, but a few rounds of 30 second sprints make me want to puke.)
- Learn some new moves – Prior to working out with the trainer, I’d never used a kettle bell or a medicine ball or a TRX. I had the opportunity to use them all and learn the correct way to do things.
- Target your weak areas – While I felt like I got a whole body workout, my trainer was great at finding my weak spots and making me work them. My legs were perfectly capable of carrying 50 pounds of weights up and down the stairs. My shoulders? Not so much. Cue more upper body workouts.
- Encouragement – My trainer was awesome with the post workout “way to go’s” (and an amazing post workout assisted stretch/massage). I walked out of the gym every time feeling like I’d accomplished exactly what I set out to do, even when I didn’t know what I planned to accomplish when I got there. Even when I couldn’t complete a set, I knew that I’d given it my all and felt encouraged to come back and try again.
My experience with a trainer was awesome, but it’s key that you find someone who is not only qualified, but is also interested in helping you reach YOUR goals. If a financial windfall comes my way I will definitely hire a personal trainer again!
Oh, and make sure to follow me on Instagram this weekend while I instagram the big blizzard. ;o)
Linking up with Jill Conyer as well.