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Why A Personal Trainer Is The Best Way To Upgrade Your Fitness Before Summer 2023

Taking on a trainer can be a big investment. But, when it comes to finally reaching those wellness goals, there are few tools more effective.

It’s that time of year again when you starting thinking about summer. The good news is you aren’t alone in figuring out the most effective and time efficient way to improve your fitness and health before the weather warms up  – which is where a personal trainer can come in.

Yes, we’re well aware we’re in the middle of a cost of living crisis, but hear us out. Investing in a PT is just that; an investment for your immediate and long-term physical and mental health. Sure, you could continue plodding along under your own steam, but honestly, has that really been working for you?

If you want results, there’s only one way to go. Here’s why.

The Science

According to experts, the average cost of a PT is £40 – £60 per hour, but don’t forget you’re paying for years of expertise. You wouldn’t scrimp on an electrician, for example. If you’re taking your health seriously, a PT is as good an investment as the food you buy, your expensive gym gear, or your road bike.

The benefits are massive, too. According to a study published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 73% of participants increased their abilities, moving up a fitness level at the end of a 10-week block of PT input.   

The study also found that “one-on-one personal training is an effective method for changing attitudes” which means you’ll want to spend more time in the gym. So, while you might be paying out for a PT, you’re actually getting more value for money because you’ll actually use your gym membership, instead of letting another month roll by without visiting…

The Trainer

So how can a trainer actively help you transform your health and reach your goals?

Compliance

Commitment and consistency are key. You can have all your macros sorted but if you don’t get yourself in the gym and train you won’t get anywhere. Having a date in the diary with a PT can help with that.

Effort

Even if you’re training four times a week, there are 168 hours in a week so you’re actually just training 2.4% of your time. When you’re in the gym, having a trainer means that you’re actually efficient in that time.

Heart-rate

You see people in the gym sitting on their phones for five minutes between sets. A trainer will keep you moving which keeps your heart rate up, keeps your muscles warm, and keeps you burning calories.

Support

Alongside emotional support and accountability, from a practical level, it’s always good to have someone there to spot you. Without a training partner you can’t really do forced reps or work the negative. This in turn will hold back your progression.

A Realistic Goal

As well as setting up a training and nutrition plan, the key thing your PT can help you with is setting a realistic goal. If you have a weight check in the next day you’re unlikely to raid the fridge the night before. We’ll always be asking, ‘Are you keeping on track?’”

Expertise

With the plethora of social media PT content, it’s tempting to think you know what you’re doing. Wrong! Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees. There is so much content online, it can make you more confused,

A PT has years of tried and tested knowledge and will deploy that to help you get in the shape of your life – without overcomplicating things. 

Recovery

Last but not least, if you’re training under your own steam it can be easy to push yourself too hard, too quick. This can lead to injury, or more likely, burnout. Wondered why you go HAM for a week then sack it off for the rest of the month? A PT can help with that.

Read all about the personal training stories of Maureen, Stephen, Polly, Jill, Matt and many more here

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