These are the most common concerns of people who’ve been working out for a long time:
“I’m not seeing results. I might as well give up.”
“I don’t know where to start.”
“I’ve been doing a lot of cardio but I”m still not losing weight.”
“Do I need a personal trainer? Where or how do I find one?”
“I’ve been working out for months and still not seeing results. Am I doing something wrong?”
And the list goes on.
Getting into your ideal physique requires time, effort, and financial investment. It may seem like a luxury, but working out with a training coach who can help you achieve your fitness goals efficiently is essential if you want to see results.
If you’ve been exercising by yourself, you may have thought of getting a personal trainer but haven’t the slightest idea where to find one or what to look for in one.
If you’re looking for one in Houston, we have a team of certified personal trainers in our Eado and Heights gyms you can consult with to talk fitness.
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And before you decide to work with a trainer, of course you’d want your workout woes addressed first.
Is it worth getting a personal trainer?
If you ask us and our happy clients in our Facet Seven Houston gyms, it’s a resounding yes. But don’t just take our word for it — these studies show that getting a personal trainer is worth it:
- People who get direct supervision during resistance training have greater gains for both lower- and upper-body muscles, primarily due to the higher training intensity that comes with working out with a personal trainer.
- Personal trainers can provide nutrition tips to help you avoid an unhealthy diet, which poses more health risks than the lack of physical activity.
- According to a study, undergoing personal training is effective in changing people’s attitudes toward exercising. This behavior change leads to increased physical activity and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
- A study also revealed that working with a qualified fitness coach improves one’s overall health and fitness.
Benefits of working out with a personal trainer
Still not convinced? Here are the top benefits of working with a personal trainer:
1. Better results with supervised training
Working out consistently for months or years and not seeing results is frustrating. A personal trainer can help you achieve noticeable results by helping solve the root of these workout problems:
- Not meeting goals – A fitness trainer can assess whether the goals you’ve set are realistic and achievable. If they’re not, a trainer can help you tweak an unrealistic goal (e.g., getting six-pack abs in one month, working out every day, or losing 10 pounds in one week) and turn them into achievable ones such as trying a new exercise at least once a month, increasing your plank from one minute to three minutes, or incorporating cardio to your workouts at least once a week.
- Unsure if exercises are done right – Trainers can adjust your training program to make these more effective. They can point out mistakes in your movements and suggest more efficient and better ways to perform specific exercises.
- Lack of motivation – Trainers can also help you avoid slacking off and hold you accountable to train consistently on a regular basis based on your goals.
2. Holistic training program
Working out is more than just doing an hour of cardio daily to lose weight or lifting heavy weights to build more muscle. A personal trainer can create a comprehensive training program that fits your goals and schedule.
While you can probably learn basic exercises from watching YouTube videos and reading articles about supposedly effective workouts, analyzing factual information and creating the right regimen out of all that knowledge can be difficult. Those are jobs for a certified coach who can craft a workout schedule that takes into account the type of workout, intensity, and frequency-specific to your needs.
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A fitness coach can help when you are:
- Unsure what exercises to perform – A coach can recommend exercises that you should do and guide you on how to properly use the right equipment and facilities at the gym.
- Having scheduling difficulties – Coaches can work with you in creating a training program that aligns with your schedule, including detailed information on what exercises to do on days when you want to work out by yourself.
- Too busy to exercise – A coach won’t create time for you (that’s just impossible). But with a well-thought-out workout schedule, you can follow a routine that makes sure you maximize the time you spend exercising.
3. Workout variety
Getting into a workout rut is common, and a personal trainer can help you get out of it by adding variety to your routine. Perhaps you’ve heard of terms like high-intensity interval training, circuit training, or supersets but don’t know if they’re good for you or if you should be doing them. Well, a fitness trainer can teach you all about them.
Here are other specific problem areas that a personal trainer can solve:
- Workout plateau – This is what happens when your body becomes unchallenged to your exercises because it has adjusted to them. This occurs when you keep doing the same routine for weeks or months on end. A personal trainer can introduce new, more challenging workouts to your regimen to hit more muscles and push you to go harder.
- Burnout – This occurs from performing repetitive but ineffective workouts or from doing an excessive number of repetitions or sets because you don’t know just how much or how often you should be doing particular exercises. With a professional-looking after you, you’ll be doing challenging workouts without the risk of burning yourself out.
4. Specialized training for people with injuries or medical needs
Some people with injuries or specific medical conditions may still want to train or be prescribed by their physician to exercise. Then there are people who risk getting injured or may get injured for exercising the wrong way. Trainers can help in these cases.
- Injuries – A certified coach can create a training program that eases existing injuries. They can also modify your current program, as may be advised by your physical or occupational therapist, to avoid aggravating existing injuries or any medical condition. For instance, active older adults can benefit from consulting a Senior Fitness-certified trainer like Gabby, one of our Heights gym personal trainers.
- Lack of support – Exercising with incorrect posture or bad form can result in injuries. Your trainer can guide you through every movement until you master correct form and avoid exercise mistakes. Personal trainers can also teach you about bad form and bad exercises or movements that have higher risk and low rewards.
Ask us about our Physical Therapy and Medical Fitness programs!
5. Work out on your own, eventually
If you prefer to work out on your own but have concerns about the accuracy of your movements or believe you need guidance, training coaches are a heaven-sent. Once you’ve learned most of what you need to know to achieve your goals, you can work out on your own. Trainers can help you with the following aspects:
- Modifying home workouts – Ask your trainer for recommendations on the best targeted exercises for home workouts, whether you want to target muscles in the upper and lower body or your core.
- Getting helpful advice – Hit up your coach for their valuable insights on muscles (how they work and how to sustain their growth), weightlifting, nutrition, and everything fitness!
Do YOU need a personal trainer?
If you believe you could benefit from the above advantages, a personal trainer is a perfect match for you. If you need a professional coach to address some lingering issues you may have, such as for how long should you work with a personal trainer and how many training sessions you should have with them, don’t be afraid to ask.
Check out Facet Seven’s lineup of certified personal trainers in Houston and schedule a consultation to get started on setting the right goals and getting the most out of your workouts!
About The Author
Founder & Training Director
Layn has spent his life immersed in the worlds of fitness and physical performance. As an athlete, he’s completed multiple endurance events such as the Texas Bandera 50k Trail Run, Austria’s Ironman 70.3, and the Alaskaman Extreme Ironman. He’s been coaching since 2008 with certifications in USA Weightlifting Level 1, CrossFit Level 1, Strong First L1, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.