Every year 70 percent of American citizens decide to embark on a personal fitness training programme. The same applies over here in the UK, but maybe the numbers are not quite as drastic. Of those 70 percent, 80 percent have dropped off after only 3 months and go back to their previous lifestyles. One statistic’s that’s even more damning relates to gym membership. 80 percent of the people who pay for memberships never actually attend the gym or maybe only make one or two cursory visits. If ever there was a waste of money, then that’s it. Perhaps the most interesting statistic is that 85 percent of people who take up a fitness regime under the guidance of a personal trainer will stick with it and reach the levels of fitness they aspire to. So why is this so? Why do personal trainers have such a good success rate?
Personal trainers have the ability to motivate. They can inspire you to do things you never imagined you could do, and even persuade you to carry on training when you feel at rock bottom. They know what to do and what to say to get the very best out of you. Perhaps the ultimate ‘motivational power’ they have is that you can’t escape from them. If you don’t feel like training then you’d make every excuse not to go to the gym. However, you can’t do that with home-based personal trainers as they come to you. Personal training focuses the mind and the body and encourages you to persevere even when you aren’t really feeling up to it.
If you’ve ever visited a gym more in hope than expectation, you’ll have noticed two things almost straight away. Firstly, you’ll never get the body you crave unless you put many hours training in and adopt a healthy lifestyle. The second thing you’ll have noticed is there’s just too much equipment lying around. The chances are that you might not even have recognised some of it either. Most people don’t know where to start or what to do, and they’re afraid of looking foolish so won’t ask for help and advice from others. What generally happens is that people fiddle around for an hour or so on machines and free weights that are either inappropriate or unsuitable, then go home never to return. You might as well just have stayed at home and watched the TV.
These problems will never arise with a personal trainer. The equipment will be limited but comprehensive, and your trainer will come with a plan. They’ll work out with you in advance what you want from the fitness programme and will tell you what is and what isn’t achievable. They’ll establish goals and milestones and congratulate you if you reach them. If you don’t quite make it, they’ll be there to encourage and help you along so that you’ll hit the mark the next time.
Personal trainers are qualified and know not just how the body functions, but how to get the best out of it. Personal exercise plans can’t function on the basis of a one-size-fits-all solution: people’s needs and requirements are different and will vary with fitness levels, age and general health. Personal trainers have extensive knowledge and have trained for years to come up with exercise plans that are suitable and appropriate. Whenever you take part in a session with a personal trainer you can take comfort from the fact that you’re in very good knowledgeable hands.