daily fitbattle #1074 (personal trainers, part 3 of 5…benefits of using one)

14Apr10

I’ve been in battle for 1074 days. Here are my daily nutrition stats for Tuesday:

NUTRITION CONSUMED GOAL VARIANCE
calories 1432 1425 + 7
protein 158 grams 150 grams +8 grams
carbs 160 grams 150 grams +10 grams
total fat 19 grams 25 grams <6> grams

Here are my other stats for today:

DAILY STATS DETAILS
Workout MORNING only today…stretching, treadmill for 22 min (15 min at 6.3-6.5) and the stairmaster for 20 minutes at level 8.
Successes HA! Finally crushed my fat goal.
Opportunities Gonna miss my 2nd workout today (not the end of the world) and now that I’ve gotten fat under control for one day I need to keep up my focus on nutrition.

Personal Trainer? Yes, no, maybe…

This is part 3 of a 5-part series I’m covering this week on the topic of Personal Trainers and their role in the fitbattle.

Benefits of using a Personal Trainer…

My original reason for joining the gym was to get moving (so I wouldn’t regain a few pounds I had lost simply walking to and from the El in Chicago).

Then I had my cholesterol checked (for the first time ever) and my numbers were bad and I was having anxiety attacks (well that’s what they probably were), although at the time I thought I was dying. I needed to make some changes. Two ways concur both of these problems was nutrition and exercise. Needless to say, I was motivated…so I made a commitment to the gym and a Personal Trainer.

Enough about me… You are reading this to learn about the benefits of using a Personal Trainer…so let’s get to it.

Accountability… to show up for your workouts and to stick to your and nutrition program. When you have an “appointment” with a trainer it’s less likely you’ll blow off a workout since time is money. A Personal Trainer will keep track of your workouts to make sure they are continuously pushing you to the next level. Plus they’ll take your stats on a regular basis to track your results on the scale, with the measuring tape, and the calipers. I definitely turn up the heat on my cardio and nutrition when I know it’s time to do measurements. I suppose without a trainer I could track all of this stuff and so could you, but it’s nice to have someone else handle this so I can focus on getting buff.

Self-delusion is pulling in your stomach when you step on the scales. ~Paul Sweeney

Motivation… is essential to winning the fitbattle. A Personal Trainer can help motivate you during your workouts. They’ll know when you need a little encouragement, a pat on the back, a kick in the bleep, or help getting focused so you can complete the set. I’ve spent enough time with my current trainer, Chris, that I hear his voice in my head even when I’m not with him. I’ll be on the treadmill, wanting to quit a few minutes early and I’ll hear: “we really need this last minute on the treadmill…you can do it…you are almost there…finish this.” It’s kind of like the after-burn of a good workout…it’s the after-motivation of a lot of sessions with a good trainer.

Confidence… builds over time as a result of the motivation and support your trainer provides. For sure…especially when you are first staring out, the gym can be a scary and lonely place. Where do you start? Your stomach in knots…feeling like a fish out of water. Thank goodness for the training sessions. A Personal Trainer will provide you with a personalized fitness plan that enables you to see progress over time. Both the successes and failures are important. The successes help you build confidence. You realize that you can do it and you belong at the gym. You’ll realize that you are stronger and more capable than you think. The failures…well they are a part of life and without them you cannot appreciate the value of success.

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Intensity… exceptionally great concentration, power, or force. There is absolutely NO doubt…I would not workout at the level of intensity on my own vs. when I with my trainer. I can’t image that I would ever attempt leg presses with 400 plus pounds – yeah that’s what I said…400 plus pounds. I believe my record is 450…but it might actually be 470, I’ve lost track (oh no, the problem is I don’t keep track of it, Chris does). It makes a big difference when someone else is pushing you…all you need to do is focus on the task at hand (which most times, for me, is no small task). Whether it’s being challenged with more weight or a circuit program it’s always more intense than if I were on my own.

Variety… is the spice of life and makes working out more exciting and/or less monotonous. We have a lot of muscles and a good trainer will make sure no muscles get neglected. The variety keeps you interested and engaged and it keeps your body guessing. I don’t think any two training sessions, in the 1 ½ years I’ve been working out with Chris, have been the same. Yes we repeat individual exercises, but he’s always mixing it up. I never know what to expect when I arrive for a session.

Safety… may be one of the most important reasons to use a trainer, even it it’s just to kick-start your workout routine. There are right ways and wrong ways to do pretty much every exercise. This is especially important when you are using weights. But you can also injure yourself doing something simple like a lunge. Personal Trainers give instruction on the proper form for each exercise minimizing your risk of injury. And in a pinch they can perform CPR. 😉

Nutritional advice… since maintaining a calorie deficit is essential to weight loss this is a valuable benefit. Yes, on the surface eating right seems simple, but it really isn’t when you are attempting to change a lifetime of bad habits and lack of adequate information. Some of the smallest tweaks Chris has had me make in my nutrition have provided some of the greatest results. You can exercise all you want, but if you eat more calories than you burn you will not lose weight. If weight loss is your goal, nutritional advice is key.

Efficiency… Personal Trainers eat, breath, live fitness so they know the most efficient and affective exercises for getting the results you are looking for. This enables you to get the same or better results in less time. Don’t underestimate the value of their training and experience…this is what you are paying for.

I (as you know) could have gone on, but I think you get the picture…there are many benefits to using a Personal Trainer…so I’ll stop here.

Here’s a list and links to each of the 5 Parts of this series on the topic of Personal Trainers and their role in the fitbattle:

Part 1: Why I use a Personal Trainer
Part 2: Dollar$ and sense
Part 3: Benefits of using a Personal Trainer
Part 4: Choosing your Personal Trainer
Part 5: Getting the most out of your sessions

Until tomorrow! Kathi



2 Responses to “daily fitbattle #1074 (personal trainers, part 3 of 5…benefits of using one)”

  1. 1 jessica

    So true! After I read your first blog on personal trainers I made my appointment and have another one in two weeks to check progress! Such a motivating way of keeping yourself accountable! As always I enjoy your blog so much!

  2. I’m glad it motivated you to check in with your trainer! Good luck with the progress check.


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