When was the last time you went out for a jog? Been a while I bet! And I can’t even blame you! I’m 220 pounds at only 5’11 and haven’t lost a single pound since I got into university! Every time I make promises to stick to a routine and get on a diet, I end up doing a U-turn really fast. If you’re in the same position I am, maybe what you need to help yourself in a personal trainer. The one, main thing you need to start is jump simply taking the first step. And trust me, a trainer will always make sure you’re going through with it. It’s easiest to be accountable to yourself because you always let yourself off the hook. But a trainer will always make sure you’re doing what you’re supposed to, be it waking up early, showing up to the gym, eating right, etc. The first step is always the hardest! And if that’s just the start you needed, hold on because they’re going to help you out in a lot of other ways in your process to fitness greatness! Your relationship with your personal trainer isn’t a professional one; your trainer will be a lot of things including your workout buddy, your spotter at the gym, your confidant and a source of motivation. Rapport and support from your personal trainer is key to maintaining motivation to stick to your workout routines and diets. As far the technical bits go, with a personal trainer at hand, you don’t have to worry about being completely clueless. They’ll be able to equip you with everything you need to know about getting your fitness wheels back on track. Don’t know what exercises you need to do and generally clueless about how to use dumbbells? Leave it all on your trainer and in no time, you will graduate from 30 minutes of cardio and 100 pushups to doing all sorts of isolation and compound movements. Okay, it might take a bit longer than ?no time’ but you catch my drift! Something critical to seeing progress from your workouts and diets is to have practical and attainable targets. What?! You think you’ll go from all that junk food to a keto diet in the matter of a few days? Oh I wish it was that simple! Progress can be really slow, because metabolism and muscles aren’t blessing given out fairly to everyone! Having a trainer who understands you situation and sets realistic targets for you to meet is crucial to maintaining your regime. Striking a balance is necessary; you have to understand the kind of goals that are actually attainable and seeing yourself making said progress will go a long way to help you stick to it. But if you were expecting to lose a pound every day and then get disheartened when you’re not getting there, it can be very discouraging. Even in these little things, having a trainer to help you out can make the world of a difference between sticking to your regime and going back to your old, unhealthy lifestyle. I can’t emphasize enough, the importance of doing exercises properly and how doing the right exercises in the right sequence is vital to progress, as well as keeping you safe. Doing the exercises in the right form and maintaining good posture is essential to work your muscles properly as well as keeping you safe. Poor form is the number one route to messing up your bones and joints! Aaaaand who knows just how to get your form perfect? Your trainer of course! Having someone literally hands on with your form will really eliminate any chances of you messing up your back of breaking a rib or two trying to lift too heavy! As trivial routines, on the other hand, might seem, doing them incorrectly is also a fine recipe for some back-breaking disaster! Using a personal anecdote, I spent a while working out at home with dumbbells because I didn’t have time to go to the gym (yes, yes, an age old excuse!) and because I kept doing the same back exercise in variations, I ended up with back pain that needed a visit to a physiotherapist. I’ve been singing praises for them all this while but taking a step back, it’s important that you make sure you can actually afford one. Good personal trainers aren’t exactly cheap! And the longer you require their services, the more they will charge you and the bigger hole it’ll burn in your wallet. Secondly, if you already have an idea of the exercises and how to do them, you will probably be alright without a trainer; a gym buddy will do for you! Also, it might be worth noting that there are lots of people at the gym who tout themselves as trainers. Beware! Actual trainers have studied on the sciences of fitness and weight training and in addition to their experiences, they have a depth of knowledge to back up their diet and exercise recommendations. Therefore, before you go spending money on a trainer, actually do some vetting and find someone qualified to help you embark on the journey to fitness and helps you build a lifestyle around it. Like a lot of questions in life, the answer to this is very subjective. It depends on what you want to attain, how hard you’re willing to work for it, whether you have some money to spare that you can allocate to enhance your journey to fitness greatness and moreover, whether you even need one at all! If you’re really serious about it and have aspirations being a model or a serious level bodybuilder, you’ll probably be rewarded with a smart investment in a personal trainer. For others, if it’s too much to have someone making you workout and forcing you to eat things against your wishes, just going out for a jog is a start. Find some motivation and get off your sofa already!