Why hire a personal trainer?

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It’s already February, are you sticking with your new years fitness plan?  Are you seeing results?  Hitting the gym by yourself is admirable, but obviously I think everyone should work with a personal trainer at some point in their life.

If you are reading this,  you already realize that fitness is an integral part of health and happiness. However, a personal trainer can help you attain the results you want in a minimal amount of time. Plus, they know what they’re doing, so it’ll curb your risk of injury. Sometimes you can’t do it all on your own. Keep reading to learn the most important reasons why you should hire a personal trainer this year.

Motivation is key - Have you ever felt super lazy and didn’t want to bother heading to the gym? Every human has, so that’s not an excuse. By setting an appointment with your trainer, you’re already making an imperative first step. Plus, there’s the subversive guilt factor: if you skip a session you won’t get the benefit of exercise and your trainer loses money and time. Once you get to the gym and workout, you’ll feel so much better, energetic and as though you accomplished something. So move it!

Personalized and specialized workouts - When you go to the gym alone, it’s easy to get lost in all the machinery and stuck in the same old routine. A trainer can work with you to get the results you desire. Want to get rid of love handles? There’s a move for that. Want to lose 40 pounds? There’s a workout for that. Want to build overall muscle and get lean?  There’s a routine for that. A personal trainer can tailor the exercise to your specific needs to maximize results and keep you interested.  You’ll find muscles you never even knew you had.

Lower your rate of injury - A personal trainer will not only design tough workouts for you, but they will guide you through your workout and make sure you do it correctly. They point out any issues with your form to lessen the chance of getting injured. Pulling or straining a muscle hurts like hell and takes time to heal. The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimated that there were over 10,000 exercise and exercise machine-related injuries in 2010. Don’t be a statistic.

Results, results, results - The most important reason to obtain a personal trainer is so you can actually achieve something.  A study by Ball State University proved that those working out with a personal trainer got better results.  The group that worked with personal trainers had an average of 32 percent more upper-body strength and 47 percent more lower-body strength than the other group. According to research published in the "Journal of Sports Science and Medicine" from 2003, 57 percent of those who began an exercise program with a personal trainer had a higher rate of success with long-term fitness. What’s more, the study concluded that personal training has a positive influence on a person’s attitude toward exercise and continued to motivate them to workout after the 10-week personal-training period ended.

For less than a monthly car payment, you can change the way you look and feel. What have you got to lose? How will you get in the best shape of your life in 2013?

Josha Krueger is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, an AFPA Sports Nutrition Consultant, and owner of Kru Strength + Fitness.

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Tags: exercise, gym, personal trainer

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    Josha Krueger, NSCA CSCS, AFPA Sports Nutrition Consultant, is a former professional soccer player, two time W-league National Champion, UWM Hall of Fame member, and owner of Kru Strength + Fitness in Andersonville.

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