I remember over ten years ago, when I used to work in corporate, being at my company’s gym, looking at the trainers and wondering why anyone would hire them. If I wanted new exercises I could search online or look in fitness magazine, if I wanted motivation I could take classes, and anyway trainers were not cheap. But now that I am a trainer myself, I see how anyone can benefit from working with one. A trainer is not cheap, but you are investing in your health by reducing your chances of injuries and maladies, thus saving healthcare costs later on.
Who Are My Clients
Who are some of my cleints and what are the reasons they hire me? I have a client in his 60’s who has Parkinson’s and needs to keep his mobility; a runner in her 50’s who needs to work on her upper body; a couple in their late 60’s who need to lose weight and work on strenghtening and balance; a stay at home mom in her 30’s who needs motivation; a recent widower in his 70’s who needs to lose weight to improve his diabetes but is very unfamiliar with gyms; a fit married father of two in his 40’s who needs to be challenged and pushed; and a very fit 74 year old who previously injured her wrist and now her knee, and therefore needs help working around her injuries.
Reasons to Hire a Trainer
Trainers are hired to teach about fitness, to improve muscle imbalances and to safely take clients to the next level while working around injuries. When you hire a trainer you get:
• Customization: A program designed for your unique health and fitness goals. One tailored to your preferences, that takes into account existing medical conditions and injuries.
• Accountability: It is harder to skip a workout when you are meeting a trainer that you paid for. Moreover the trainer will track progress, whether by measurements or by recording changes in strength and endurance, which will reflect how much effort the client is putting in when not with the trainer.
• Motivation: A trainer will motivate, preventing boredom and plateaus, and know when to push for more. They will provide challenging workouts using stability balls, free weights, cables, weighted plates, the Bosu and more. Outdoor they might use agility ladders, cones, benches, bands and body weight.
• Proper Form: Proper form is crucial to avoid injuries and to provide faster results by maximizing each workout. A trainer will show correct form and provide verbal queues on how to maintain it.
• Education: Trainers teach about health and food because weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. They are not nutritionist in that they cannot provide a meal plan, but they can help with general education for both weight loss and muscle weight gain.
How to Find a Trainer
When it comes to working with a trainer, do your research and find a trainer that you would enjoy working with. Ask family and friends for references or observe trainers at the gym. Ask the trainer for a meeting before you sign up to make sure you are investing in the right trainer for you, in both personality and style. If price is an issue, split the cost with a friend, meet every other week, or tell the trainer what is your budget and what they can offer for that price. Whether you decide to use a trainer or not, exercise strengthens the body and the immune system, better enabling it to fight diseases. You can put a price on doctor visits, medications and even training but not on the benefits of exercise: from feeling energetic and happier, to sleeping better, to reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels. And what better gift could you give to a loved one than the gift of good health?
About the Author
Aris Akavan, ACE certified Personal Trainer & Lifestyle and Weight Management Coach, is owner of Body Fitness by Aris. Her mission is to assist others in leading a healthier lifestyle by balancing exercise and proper eating habits to achieve the ultimate body & mind wellness. Aris leads by example as she practices what she preaches. She leads an alcohol free and smoke free lifestyle and has worked out while following proper nutrition practices for over 10 years. In the last few years she also started participating in 5k races, adventure runs and triathlons. You can visit Aris at any of her following: