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The Value of a Personal Trainer

The Value of a Personal Trainer (Private Training)

If you are still on the journey to weight loss, muscle building, strength training, or better overall health and metabolism, you may need some help.  A Personal Trainer.  And it isn’t just me that says so!  Very Well Fit agrees as well!

A Personal trainer, or Private Training, gives you several edges over working out on your own.  First, they give you the compliance component.  How often do you just NOT go to the gym when you told yourself you would?  It happens to all of us.  Or how many times after you got there you put in a sub-par performance?  Both of these problems are solved by hiring a personal trainer and keeping a schedule. 

By paying for this in advance you will miss many fewer sessions as you know that you will be charged for them anyway.  No one wants that!  So this keeps you on a schedule that is always better than none!

An additional benefit of a trainer is that they “push” you.  Stressing the musculature of your body is what causes the adaptation we are looking for.  You get very little adaptation when you just put in a “good” workout. I’ll explain adaptation in a second.

If You Do Not Want to Be Pushed to your Limit, Your Trainer Can Back Off.

Your trainer is there for you.  If you want to go 60% today (had a rough weekend) or 100% they will tailor the workout to you.

Pushing means going to your personal limits.  Going to the point where your muscle “burns” and ultimately “fails.”  Failure is when you just can’t run anymore, or you cannot finish that last repetition when doing resistance exercise.  Failure of a muscle is an excellent thing because the body will rebound and adapt to that stress, which increases metabolism and strength.

Going to failure is what HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training, also called HIT) is all about. (More on this as well) Being pushed to the limit is were 90% of all the benefits of exercise come from.  Just doing moderate exercise is really just an activity.  Activity is good, but reaching muscle failure is what you want: strength, increased metabolism, and a nicer-shaped body. 

Adaption is when the brain senses that you failed at something on the physical level and sends forth the commands (chemical and hormonal) to cause you to adapt better so you won’t fail next time.  This is what creates a “better metabolism,” strength, and muscle gain.  If you are the type who doesn’t really want to build muscle, fear not, as building lots of muscle only happens if you are genetically gifted to build muscle. 

Otherwise, when you push to your own limit, you WILL build strength.  And strength is a vital component of health.

A Personal Trainer will help you achieve the muscle failure you are looking for, and they will inspire you to push that little extra. It is quite difficult for many of us to push ourselves to the limit, or even close to it. A Trainer is there to provide accountability (showing up), motivation, inspiration, and all the other positive things that come with working as a team.

If you are going to spend time working out, why shouldn’t you get the maximum benefit?

 

I like to work out as hard as I can, but only for 20 minutes so I don't have the change. In 20 minutes, I don't sweat.

Leo Doing Tricep Push Down

The Imortance of High Intensity Training, If That Is What You are After

Let me point out something here that is very, very important.  To achieve the maximum benefit from your workout, this idea of going to muscle failure isn’t even understood by a lot of personal trainers, Physical Therapists, and especially doctors!  I have personally spoken to dozens of them about HIT (High Intensity Training) training, and they usually, and very wisely, nod their heads in agreement but then say something like, “But I do go to the gym three times a week and work out…”  They obviously don’t get it.  And one of the obvious reasons is that they, themselves, are not in top shape!

Ok, neither am I but I am getting there.  My weight has dropped 20 pounds in the last two years, and my lean tissue (muscle, tendons, and bones) has remained the same.  This means my percentage of body fat is going down along with my weight, and my percentage of lean tissue is going up (relative to total weight.)

This is exactly what we are looking for, yet I have known personal trainers who work out for hours, and hours a week and their body simply doesn’t change.  Dozens of exercises are done to build the glutes, yet the glutes don’t get bigger or more shapely.  Why? Because they are not going to, or close to, full failure so the body does NOT adapt by making the glute bigger, stronger, or more shapely. 

Personal training / Private Training will get you where you want to be!

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