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So, you want to get fit — but for whatever reason, you haven't been able to? Perhaps you're working out the wrong way, or perhaps you're just not motivated enough to get off your butt often enough by yourself? 

Personal trainers can come to the rescue, by:

  • Assessing your level of physical activity
  • Creating short-term and long-term fitness goals just right for you, rather than generic goals that may either be too easy or too hard
  • Giving you pointers on changes to make way beyond the gym, like nutrition 
  • Helping you do your workouts the right way, motivating you, and recording your progress

What's not to like? If you look at all the things a good personal trainer can give you, it's hard to see why you wouldn't want one, but there can nonetheless be some disadvantages. 

Disadvantages Of Having A Personal Trainer

They're quite obvious, really.

The first disadvantage of a personal trainer is the cost. Depending on exactly what you are looking for, it's not at all unlikely that you will spend somewhere between $80 and $120 per hour if you're in the United States — and unless you're quite well-heeled, that's gonna hurt. The cost may even be so prohibitive that you just can't afford a personal trainer, in which case gym buddies are your next best bet. 

The second issue, again depending on where you live, is that anyone might call themselves a personal trainer. The title doesn't, by itself, prove your potential personal trainer is any good. Anyone looking for a personal trainer should look for level 2 diplomas in things like fitness, health, and exercise, or even better, a level 3 qualification in personal training itself. They should additionally use the internet to check out reviews a potential personal trainer has gathered. Whether good or bad, they'll give you insights. It's also quite important that you actually like your personal trainer. You're going to spend a lot of time with them, even if only for a while!

A third disadvantage of having a personal trainer could be the idea of placing your fitness fate in someone else's hands. Although you are meant to work with your personal trainer, rather than them making all the goals for you, there's gonna be times when you hit the gym or go running because that's what you are paying for, rather than because you want to. Mind you, this added incentive is also exactly part of what you are paying your personal trainer for in the first place. You're the one committing to fitness when you decide you want a personal trainer in your life, even if you're not that sure on that particular lazy Sunday. On the other hand, there's also a chance you'll wait for appointments with your personal trainer, thereby missing out on workout opportunities. 

Advantages Of A Personal Trainer

If your personal trainer is good, you walk away from a workout knowing you pushed yourself as hard as you could, and in the right way (which also reduces the risk of injuries!). More than that, you'll have fitness advice that stretches beyond the workout itself, encompassing nutrition and lifestyle advice. In time, you will see undeniable results, and you may have learned enough to be able to say that you do not need a personal trainer anymore.

The Bottom Line

With the help of outside sources like friends and the internet, you may be able to patch really excellent workout plans together without the help of a personal trainer. This works best if you are already quite knowledgeable and motivated. People who need more help, more motivation, and more support may, however, find that a personal trainer provides exactly the kind of assistance they need. Personal trainers are not for everyone, but if you think you'd benefit from one, chances are that you would.

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