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Personal Trainers: An Investment in your Health

Posted on July 24th, 2014

Personal Trainers: An Investment in your Health

What’s the value of a personal trainer?  The average personal training session will run you about $40.  One to two sessions a week or even more can add up quickly but it’s an investment.  Yes an investment; in myself, my health and my future.

At this point in my journey I am fully capable of creating my own workouts and I know what I should and should not eat.  I did not begin my journey with this knowledge.  I acquired it through time and experience with my trainers.  In the beginning my trainer was almost like my chaperone at the gym, someone to show me the ropes. I was very self-conscious about working out in front of other people.  My trainer was a buffer, or shield per say.  It gave me a sense of security.  The gym can be very intimidating to someone new to training.

So why continue to pay for something I can do for myself for free? Because my trainer will push me when I will not push myself and hold me accountable.  Sure I can say I am going to do 3 sets of 15 squats at a reasonable 115 pounds.  My trainer knows I am capable of squatting more, and she will make me go heavier.  She will push me at a faster pace, and more often than not shows me new exercises to keep my body from becoming adapted to my current routine.

But there’s a few things I get that I don’t pay for.  Genuine encouragement.  My trainer, in my ups and my downs, has done nothing but support me.  She has shared in my triumphs and stayed by my side in my failures.  And I promise you, I have failed so many times.  I just have gotten up one more time than I have fallen.  I don’t pay her enough for the included therapy sessions.  She listens to me when I am upset over the binge I had or three day hiatus I took from working out.  But she motivates me to get up and sweat it off.   And many times you need to see a situation from another’s point of view.  We are so self-critical that it can be hard to look at a situation and not see a solution because we are so wrapped up in our own feelings.

Most trainers I have encountered are very welcoming and familiar with people at all levels of fitness.  They aren’t here to judge you, they became trainers to help you.  Most of them offer the first session for free.  And don’t be discouraged if you don’t hit it off with your first trainer.  You want to be comfortable with the person coaching you.  Because I’ll be honest, it gets a little personal sometimes.  So male or female, go with whatever makes you comfortable and don’t be afraid to shop around.

Keep Pushing!

XoXo Absolute Diva

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