I’m quite often asked “why should I go to the expense of having a personal trainer when I can exercise quite happily on my own” ?

Well we all need a little help with various things from time to time and exercise is no different.

There are, of course, a number of reasons people work with personal trainers.  Some want an individualised program so they can lose weight or get in shape while others simply need to be held accountable for their workouts.   Wherever you are with your exercising, a personal trainer may be just what you need to take it to the next level.

If you've been exercising consistently for several weeks or months and aren't losing weight or reaching your goals, hiring a trainer may be a good choice.

A trainer can look at your current program and eating habits and help you see where you could make changes to create more effective workouts. A trainer can also help you determine if the goals you've set are realistic for you, hold you accountable for your workouts and help you stay motivated to exercise.  You may even find that you are getting results, just not in the way you expected, something a trainer may see more clearly from the outside.

Trainers come with built-in motivation. Not only are you investing money into your exercise program., you're investing time as well. There's nothing like a standing appointment to get you motivated for a workout. Not only that, a trainer provides some accountability so, even when you don't have a session, you know your trainer will be asking if you did your planned workouts. Just knowing that may make it harder to skip your workouts.

If you have any specific issues like arthritis, heart disease, old injuries, etc., working with an experienced trainer can help you find a program to help heal injuries and avoid any further problems. It's also a great idea to work with a trainer if you're pregnant or trying to get pregnant and want a safe, effective workout to keep you healthy and fit.

If you're training for a marathon, a golf tournament or any sporting event, an experienced trainer can help you work out what you need to do to stay strong without taking away from your other training. They can also help create a training program and map out a plan for the coming event.

If you're an experienced exerciser, maybe you haven't even considered working with a personal trainer. However, it can be good if you need some variety in your workouts. A trainer can bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to challenge both your body and your mind. Even if you just do a few sessions or meet every few weeks, you'll find it refreshing to have new workouts and new exercise toys to play with.

A trainer can also introduce new ways to exercise - Circuit training, different methods of strength training and different types of equipment you've maybe never tried before.