As health and wellness works its way to the forefront of a lot of peoples' priorities, Personal Training has become a highly sought after service. With this increase in need of health and wellness professionals also comes the shadow of capitalism looking to make a profit. You have thousands of different "options" to get in shape and all of these "options" promise to help you get ripped in no time. Insert shake weight...
But let's get back to reality shall we...
The best way to reach your wellness goals are to hire a professional plain and simple. It's like getting a haircut. Sure you can do it yourself, but the results leave much to be desired and the ladies at your book club are probably going to talk about you as soon as you leave the room. It is for this reason that most people go to a hair salon/barber. Personal Training is no different.
So I've convinced you to go with the professional, GREAT! There are pros and cons for every type of trainer depending on your goals. The following are 5 benefits should you decide to go with an In-Home Personal Trainer... like one of the fine fellows at Progressive Athletics *cough*cough... I hear they're really great jussayin...
Everyone in this day and age is pressed for time. Everyone in this day and age is looking to make their lives run more efficiently. It's the mindset that has led to high speed internet and amazon prime shipping. Time is one of the very few finite resources, and so in an effort to preserve as much of it as we can, we have developed a cultural identity of exchanging money for saving ourselves some time. An In-Home Personal Trainer can meet you at home before work or at your office right when you get off so you can get a workout in at a time and location that's convenient for you.
Imagine rolling out of bed, and instead of convincing yourself to make that trip to the gym that's 20 minutes away, your Personal Trainer is sitting right outside waiting to work you out before your brain comes to and realizes what your'e doing. It's fantastically convenient in that you save about an hour on your workout days and you don't even have to leave your house which means you don't even have to put pants on if you don't want to! Although you probably should as a courtesy to your trainer.
2) Individualized Attention
If you have ever been to a box gym before you must understand how counterproductive those places can be to achieving your health and wellness goals. About 50% of the square footage is taken up by cardio machines, 25% of the space is taken up by useless resistance training machines, and the other 25% is taken up by bathrooms, bench presses, and maybe a squat rack if you're lucky. Now don't get me wrong, the treadmill can be a great tool to help you reach your goals, especially if they are endurance based. But for the vast majority of people trying to get in shape, chugging away on the treadmill for hours on end is neither the quickest, nor the sexiest way to get yourself in shape. As for the useless machines, unless you are a bodybuilder with a lagging soleus, there is really no point in using the seated calf raise.
Most people looking to get in shape need a personalized program and individualized attention. There are so many distractions at a big box gym it can be hard to stay focused for the duration of your workout for both you and your trainer. During my days as a box gym trainer, my personal training sessions would frequently be interrupted by someone wanting to know extremely important personal trainer knowledge such as... "What is the best exercise for your biceps?" or "Where is the closest water fountain?". Working with an In-Home Personal Trainer means there are no distractions... unless your home is a big box gym. The trainer comes to your house, works you out one on one with no interruptions and caters to your needs.
The most important element to achieving your health and wellness goals is consistency. You have to be able to stick to your program for an extended period of time to see any real results. The guy telling you his secret to a 6 minute six pack is lying. It didn't take him 6 minutes to get that six pack, it probably took him closer to 6 years of consistent work to master both his workout routine and nutritional patterns.
One of the primary reasons people have difficulty in sticking to their workout program is that it gets stale. Doing the same thing every day in the same place at the same time can be really draining over the long term. Working with an In-Home Personal trainer allows for variety in a couple of different ways.
Change of scenery is always an option when working with an In-Home Personal Trainer. Getting tired of working out in the basement? No problem, we can take the workout to the backyard. Too cold to use the backyard? No problem we can work you out in the living room. Living room too cramped? No problem, just throw a sweatshirt on and we can hit the garage. The possibilities are endless and working out in different environments keeps the workouts feeling fresh and helps to eliminate potential excuses such as getting your floors redone or painting the walls in your living room.
Variety also plays a hand in the way that workouts are made. Because In-Home Personal Trainers utilize minimal equipment to elicit maximal results, there is no choice but to get creative. A good In-Home Personal Trainer will use the environment to adjust the intensity of the workout and change the type of exercises being performed based on your individual needs. We can throw a TRX Suspension Trainer over your tree and get to work or we can use your ottoman to bang out some glute bridges and tricep dips. Again the possibilities are endless and you really could potentially never do the same workout twice for as long as you work with your personal trainer.
This one is huge! There will be moments when you just don't feel like working out. An In-Home Personal trainer will help you fight back those feelings and get you through the workout in an effort to help you reach those goals. If you were to travel to a gym to work with a trainer there are a number of excuses that could come up that may assist in you rationalizing missing a workout in your head. "I have to stay at work late" or "I forgot about Billy's PTA meeting this evening" There is little that trainer can do to accommodate your schedule since he/she is probably on a schedule of their own that requires them to stay at the gym. An In-Home Trainer can travel to your place of work or to Billy's school in an effort to make sure you stay on track with your goals. Or, when all else fails, the trainer can be there bright and early in the morning to get you back on track.
Excuses are easy. They don't require a whole lot of thinking and put you into a situation where you forgive yourself for not sticking to your goals. One missed workout is not a big deal, but if you end up missing one workout a week, that means 52 missed workouts per year. That's about 52 hours you could have put toward improving your health and wellness, but instead excuses got in the way. The accountability factor is astronomically important in reaching those goals and In-Home Personal Trainers by nature have the best means to hold you accountable.
THE BIG TAKEAWAY:
There are countless options out there when it comes to getting in shape. For those who are truly dedicated to reaching their health and wellness potential, no avenue is more advantageous than working with an In-Home Personal Trainer. It is extremely convenient, you get individualized attention, the program stays fresh and keeps you interested, and the nature of in home training holds you accountable. If you want to know more about what an In-Home Personal Trainer can do for you, don't hesitate to shoot us an email or give us a call. In the meantime check out the rest of our site, there is tons of information on exercise, nutrition, and other wellness related topics.
That's all for today folks. I have to get back to my 6 minute shake weight workout...
Until next time