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Personal Trainers - Are They Worth It?

Deciding whether or not a personal trainer is worth it is entirely subjective with many factors determining the value for money associated with personal training. Essentially, it wholly depends on you, the client, and the personal trainer you select.

Personal trainers offer a range of services for their clients, with actual exercise training being just one part. Quality personal trainers should be able to assist their clients with everything from nutrition plans and diets, rehabilitation and personalised exercised programs designed to achieve the desired outcomes of the client. Overall, personal trainers should be able to provide the client with a full personal evaluation, educate and provide real world solutions to fitness problems.

When deciding whether or not a personal trainer will be worth the money for you, and let's face it, they can be quite an expense with many charging approximately $60 or more an hour for their services, it is important to consider what it is you want from your training experience. Are you undergoing rehabilitation or are embarking on a major training program in preparation for an event? If either are these are the case then a personal trainer can be highly recommended as they can prepare a specialised training and diet schedule for you to help you get the best results quicker. Of course, many people consider a personal trainer to kick start their road to fitness, in these cases there are several points to consider when deciding whether to hire a personal trainer or not:

  • Would I be able to make up my own training schedule and stick to it, getting the results I want and need in the shortest time possible?
  • Can I budget to afford a good, quality personal trainer to get the results I want?
  • What do I want from my personal trainer?

When considering what results you are wanting from a trainer, there are three main reasons that people cite: health, appearance and performance. These fairly general labels cover everything from nutrition, joint function, sports preparation, weight loss, and general toning of muscles.

Choosing a personal trainer can be a daunting task; personal training has taken off as a career with many trainers now available, all with different levels of experience and specialisations. If you have decided to hire a personal trainer, there are a number of recommended steps that should happen for the benefit of both client and trainer:

  • Check out the trainers experience and qualifications, there are different levels of certificates in the field of personal training.
  • Meet them beforehand and even have one single training session with them to see if you are compatible and get along. You will be spending a great deal of time with this person with much of it up close and personal.
  • The personal trainer should take a complete history of the client which will cover everything from medical history and background, training history, lifestyle and diet, with a complete list of goals for the training period
  • A complete physical assessment is completed at the commencement of training
  • The personal trainer should design exercise programs based on the client's initial fitness assessment results and their desired outcomes. Obviously other factors should be considered such as injuries or weight. These personalised programs will cater for the clients body type and limitations, meaning that the client will reach their goals faster than with a generic workout
  • Reassessment and improvement to the exercise programs, nutrition plans and motivation

Overall, determining whether or not a personal trainer is worth it is completely dependent on the client and what it is they want from their trainer. Essentially, the bottom line is value vs. cost. How much are you willing to spend to achieve your desired results?