Go Solo or Get a Personal Trainer: Which is the Better Option?

Right now you’re probably not thinking about the New Year. Right now you’re probably not even thinking past Christmas. But cast your mind just a week past that turkey and spuds and you’ll see 2018 rolling right around the corner and with it the promise of a brand new you. In all honesty, it’s an over-tired trope these days, but that’s not to say it still doesn’t hold some value. There’s something reassuring in the collective knowledge that people up and down the country, people just like you, will be looking to tone up or drop down a waist size to get the year off to a great start. But how about this year, instead of throwing money at a gym that you know you’ll never see again by February, why not consider the alternative, a personal trainer?

 

Going to the gym is not without its merits, but in many cases, a personal trainer might be more the right option for you. The number one reason people quit going to the gym is a lack of self-motivation. Lots of places will tell you the reason people don’t go is that they can’t find the time, but I can assure you that if you are correctly motivated, you’ll find that time. When asked, people often respond by externalising their reasons; ‘if only I had someone with me to keep me going’, or variations thereof. The fact is, they’re ultimately not wrong. Studies have repeatedly shown that performing any physical activity with another person increases physical output and intensity, down to a combination of being able to motivate one another and unspoken competition. No matter how much we pretend otherwise, we all want to be winners.

 

With a personal trainer, you can reap these motivational benefits, and enjoy the added advantage of having that buddy be someone who also knows the science behind why you’re doing what you’re doing. Motivation comes from knowing the consequences of our actions, from visualising the end goal before we’ve even started the process, and envisaging ourselves at the finish line. Combine this with the fact that your PT will be able to draw up a workout and exercise plan specifically tailored to you and the results you want to see, and what you end up with is an effective plan built solely around you.

 

And the best part? If you want to, you can do all this from the comfort of your own home. No trekking through traffic after a hard day’s work, no crazy-early get-ups to ensure you get the only rowing machine at the gym, and no paying inflated fees for a gym full of equipment half of which you’ll never use. You build your plan, you agree your rate, and in return, you get one-on-one attention from a person whose sole goal it is to help you improve yourself. That seems like a pretty good deal to me.

 

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