Before you hire a personal trainer, you may ask “what can a personal trainer do for me?” “Is a personal trainer worth it?”
A personal trainer can provide a lot of benefits for your health and fitness goals. You also need to be prepared to work. The personal trainer will help you along and keep you on track towards your health and fitness goals.
What can a personal trainer do for me?
At Personal Trainer Toronto, the benefits of working with a personal trainer are:
A personal trainer can motivate you to exercise. If you have fallen off the fitness wagon, the personal trainer can help get back into working out. He or she will be right beside you helping you to do the extra rep.
If you have already paid a lot of money for a personal trainer, you most likely will want to get the most out of the trainer. It is probably more difficult not to show up for your appointment with your personal training sessions.
2) Correct your technique – minimize injury
You can search through the internet, books for various exercise selections. However, the internet, books won’t be standing right beside you to ensure that you are doing the exercise correctly. Doing the exercise consistently with incorrect technique can cause injury. Some of the techniques are small and internal within the body and not visible on images or videos unless you have a trained eye to observe such movements. You definitely cannot see how intensely someone is bracing their core. You can only feel it by touching and feeling the person’s core. Case in point, as shown in the video, can you see how intensely Brian Carroll is contracting his abdominal muscles in the McGill curl ups? By the way, Brian Carroll, who is a great athlete, was receiving technical cues from, world renowned spine biomechanist, Dr. Stuart McGill of University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
An experienced personal trainer can cue you to engage, for example, your lower back muscles. You may find that you are bracing more than you usually do in a lifting exercise. As a result, you are able to possibly lift additional 2 reps in your exercise. You will probably feel some of your muscles are working harder, but you can control the movement far better without having a bad feeling that you are going to get injured.
This may be a newly discovered revelation for you and you crave to apply it in every facet of your lives, or possibly in your routine morning run and found that you are able to shave off another 2 seconds from your run.
Now that’s motivating!
Personal Trainer Toronto’s trainers consider injury prevention as top priority. If you are unable to perform the exercises correctly and safely, we will coach and cue to perform the exercises with good form. We may have to lower the resistance or intensity level while learning the exercises. Injury must be avoided at all cost!
3) Modify exercise
If you have some physical limitation due various reasons, a personal trainer can modify the exercises for you to target the same muscle group.
For example, a lot of people feel pressure on their wrists when doing pushups on a hard level surface. The personal trainer can prescribe another exercise that targets the same muscle groups. Pushups train chest, shoulders, triceps. Another exercise that trains the same muscles is the dumbbell chest press. The personal trainer then will prescribe an exercise to resolve the wrist issue.
4) Correct muscle imbalances
The personal trainer’s understanding of human anatomy can help you to correct muscle imbalances. We should prevent muscle imbalances in our body.
In our consultation, one of our clients was asked to stand upright and look straight ahead. Until it was pointed out to him, he did not realize that his body was skewing a little to the left. He also indicated that he is injury prone, usually in his ankle. His skewed posture compromised his movement mechanics, hence the injury prone.
You don’t want to have muscle imbalances. Muscle imbalances in the legs can cause pain in knees, the ones that a runner experiences. Muscle imbalances in the shoulders can result in shoulder impingement, a numbing pain when the nerves are pinched. The type pain that a lot of weightlifters experience if not properly trained. Long term imbalances in joints can cause early onset of arthritis.
A personal trainer’s trained eye can spot issues in your body’s structural balance or movement pattern. The personal trainer can then design a workout program to counteract the imbalances.
5) Challenge you just enough
The best personal trainers are the trainers who know how much to challenge you in your workout program. He or she will push you to the right level of intensity; not too easy that the program is not effective but not too intense that you can get injured.
If you are working out yourself, you most likely will stop the exercise after feeling slight discomfort. With the trainer beside you in every personal training session, he or she will push you harder than you would push yourself. Then, the workout program is effective and the personal trainer is worth your investment.
6) Customize workout program
A good personal trainer will customize a workout program according to your fitness level and physical limitation. As we have said earlier, he or she can also personalize the workout program if you have some limitation or need to correct muscle imbalances.
7) Add variety to training program
A good personal trainer will change up the exercise selection and change the workout program from strength building phase to more explosive strength focus program, then to more cardio endurance program like HIIT (high intensity interval training) program.
Adding variety to the training program, keeps the body guessing and challenges the body more. The body conditioning is not only limited to one type of training program. Sometimes, on a good sunny spring or fall weather, your personal trainer can take the training outdoors.
Variety is the spice of life. This will keep your interest level up.
8) Saves time
Good personal trainer saves you time. Personal trainers are health professionals who are trained to prescribe the correct and most effective workout plans according to your goals.
Your time is valuable. The personal trainer can save you from the hassles of the guesswork and your time and effort trial and erroring different exercises. Not to mention, the risk of injury is greater.
Your time is more effectively used for someone more important to you or more focus on pushing towards success in your career.
9) Source of training tips, information on healthy living
Personal trainers are constantly learning and upgrading their knowledge. Most good personal trainers have a general understanding on the mechanism of fat loss, insulin resistance, cancer, free radicals, anti-oxidants, muscle building, the importance of sleep, rest, stress levels, nutrition.
Quite a number of personal trainers are athletes, have been or are still involved in competitive sports, martial artists, boxers, wrestlers, etc. They can draw from their experiences in their training to pass on to you.
At Personal Trainer Toronto, our personal trainers have been on elite level competition stages. From the provincial level bikini competitor (female bodybuilding), professional hockey player, Olympic judo coach and an international competitor in martial arts. Some of our personal trainers are also practicing physiotherapist while some are pursuing careers in doctorate level research in human physiology.
Are you asking “What can a personal trainer do for me?”
Working out with personal trainer has a lot of benefits. A personal trainer can personalize workout plans according to your fitness goals. Apart from providing motivation, your personal trainer will ensure that you avoid the pitfalls of injuries due to improper technique, muscle imbalances, over exertion during exercise. Good personal trainers can save you time and change up your workout plans to better challenge your body and keep your interest level up.
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1) Incline dumbbell chest press image by Stephanie Young Merzel, available online: https://www.flickr.com/photos/justthismoment/5806326544/in/photolist-6N7pqy-as4jvk-9R5WAm-an5fut-8fxJHJ-3myW1L-zdjT6-3eT5m8-3fMoRu
2) Pushups image by Port of San Diego, available online: https://www.flickr.com/photos/portofsandiego/7244626060/in/photolist-c3bAVS-5R1t8-oshT-mULZqX-4Mimmo-sfPDtH-9jPYMN-8eZQL5-8tZj7A-rkmsxG-atkGY2-9291Ek-6kEjhE-d66AHu-dieqoZ-qe3e2u-9ggCns-hN1djZ-f5jtTC-f5jWFE-8K2xW6-6Vbqbr-pghsVE-xNw3q-7jDMmL-5VcfaY-99RWAu-53B2-4qje48-kBm6eD-6mrtdT-fr8Nu-8tZj7j-p7e2pS-4znJ6p-3WudAJ-fy9BqR-7emrfT-p2KXfU-4gSKVk-6QNX7T-axQEac-q1V3vu-7cYgJY-4FqcGi-bpSCeT-a4X6ci-42Xdio-qLa73p-3besbc