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Why a Personal Fitness Trainer Is Important

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author image Melodie Anne
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.
Why a Personal Fitness Trainer Is Important
A personal training assisting a client with gym apparatus. Photo Credit XiXinXing/XiXinXing/Getty Images

Investing in a personal fitness trainer is well worth the cost. Not only do you have someone right by your side acting as your own personal coach and motivator, your trainer can help limit the amount of injuries you experience and help you get the most out of your time at the gym or other exercise venue.

Preventing Injury

Even though just about every piece of equipment at the gym has step-by-step guidelines for usage posted right on them, that doesn’t make them foolproof. Some types of gear, like bands, weights and balls, don't even come with any sort of instructions. If your grip is off, your hips are tilted slightly to the side or if your feet are too close together, you could be using the machine -- or piece of equipment -- incorrectly, leaving yourself open to injury. But when you have your personal fitness trainer right there, he’ll stand nearby and watch you do your reps, ensuring that you are in proper form from start to finish. This way you’ll be less likely to experience pulled muscles, rolled ankles and other workout injuries.

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Maximizing Results

You surely work out because you want to stay fit and keep yourself toned. If you’re putting together your own exercise regimen though, you might not be working out to your full potential. Your personal fitness trainer will analyze your body size, assess any longstanding injuries that you need to work around, help you set goals and develop a workout routine that is specific to you. He (or she) willl get you on your feet, back, rear end, stomach, and hands and knees, so you’re working to your full potential while you’re at the gym or other training venue. You'll be maximizing the results you’ll see and feel, while your personal trainer is there to give you that extra push that you wouldn't experience if you were working out on your own.

Being Held Accountable

When you join a gym and you decide to snooze through your morning alarm, no one notices that you weren’t there to pump through that cardio class. But when you miss your scheduled appointment with your personal trainer, you’ll surely get a phone call wondering where you are. You might even have already paid for the session. When you have a set schedule with a single person who expects you to be on time to work out, you’ll be more likely to show up. You’ll surely hold yourself accountable -- not wanting to let yourself or your trainer down -- and be there for your designated exercise time slot.

Staying in the Know

Personal fitness trainers must stay up-to-date on their certifications, meaning that they’re required to be continuously learning. Your trainer is surely “in the know” of all the latest fitness trends, new workout routines and nutrition tips. So if you’re working out on your own and just not seeing the results, book yourself an appointment with a trainer. He can give you personalized exercise guidelines, as well as a few nutritional tips to help you achieve those maximum results.

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