Hiring A Personal Trainer For Weight Loss

With more than one third of the US population now officially classed as obese and the rest of the developed world following closely behind, it seems that effective and lasting weight loss remains the holy grail for hundreds of millions of people across the developed world. Yet the sad truth revealed recently by the University of Tennessee is that the average adult takes less than 5,000 steps a day (below half the recommended amount) with many taking less than 2,000 steps every day.

Despite these rather dire statistics and our every increasing waistline it seems we have a constant hunger (excuse the pun) to try new ways to get in shape. Topping this list it seems is personal training. This is an area that has experienced explosive growth over the past decade, with consumers listing personal training as one of their top reasons for joining a health club.

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So just what exactly qualifies a personal trainer as an expert in weight loss and how can they help you? First and foremost it’s important to realise that personal trainers do not carry a magic wand in their gym bag. So simply hiring one will not somehow make you slim – you have to work for it and they will expect you to work hard.

It goes without saying that a personal trainer will be able to bring you valuable insight that they have learned and developed from having helped many other people to reach their weight loss goals. This qualifies them to know what exercises are the most effective, what you should be doing, how often you should be doing it and even what you should be eating. This in itself can be an invaluable tool in accelerating your fat loss.

However, beyond that, personal trainers have innate skills that are proven in helping others to achieve successful weight loss and believe it or not the ability to yell at you is not one of them! The three keys skills all personal trainers bring to their sessions are:

Motivation

Good personal trainers are expert motivators. They realise that most people are not that keen on exercise and they understand the psychology behind driving people to reach their goals. They will have predefined behavioural strategies that they will implement to help to keep your motivation high throughout your program, from setting you mini-goals (so you stay focused) to calling and texting you regularly so that you keep your eyes on the prize.

Empathy

Whilst reality TV shows regularly portray personal trainers as nothing more than heartless drill sergeants, in reality good personal trainers can emphathise with what you’re going through and they know when to push you and also when to step back. Understanding the difference between when you’re just making excuses and when you really cannot do one more rep is a skill developed through experience.

Passion

Finally personal trainers are fundamentally passionate about what they do. Without this passion they couldn’t do their job properly. It’s this passion that they hope to transfer to you. They do this by using their skills to make exercise fun, engaging and appealing and they have the skills to put together varied programs that will challenge you whilst keeping you interested all the way.

Scientific evidence has shown that we are far more likely to adhere to our program of exercise with someone there to support, motivate and encourage us. There’s absolutely no doubt that a great trainer will keep you accountable, helping you to achieve your weight loss goals and develop the skills for life-long change.

About the Author: Matthew Rowe is a Regional Personal Training Manager for MotivatePT – the largest personal trainer provider in the UK. The Company works with a wide range of customers to help them to achieve lasting weight loss and better health. Managing a team of personal trainers in Newcastle, Matthew overseas training and development, ensuring that each trainer attains the highest educational standard in their field.

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4 thoughts on “Hiring A Personal Trainer For Weight Loss”

  1. It’s very true, personal trainers need to be expert motivators. anything you tell or teach your client will be in vain if you can’t get them motivated to stick with it outside of the time you are with them. I wish more of the certifications focused on how to motivate your client and not just the actual training concepts.

  2. You’re quite right Ryan. The skills required to be a great personal trainer extend far beyond the confines of the class room. Theory and exercise science will give you the basic knowledge required to pass an exam but not the skills needed to get results for your clients. The question is, are the skills of Motivation, Empathy and Passion innate or can they really be taught?

  3. Hello! I’m new to fitness training/weight lifting. I’ve recently joined a toning/weight loss group. However, a lot of the exercises, I’m not sure exactly what they are. Could you or someone else help me? I know it’s a lot but it’d be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    bodyweight squats, hip bridges, tricep dips, upright rows, bent over reverse flys, one arm row, chest flys, bent over wide rows (or machine), goblet squats, walking low with resistance band around feet, hamstring curl on fitball, donkey kicks, deadlifts, step up with kick back, frog kicks, lateral raises, jump squats, curtsey lunges, bridges into hamstring curl on ball, jump lunges, reverse leg lifts, russian twists
    plank, xtrainer? for 1:15 min, tuck jumps, & box jumps.

  4. Hi Allison. If you’re new to fitness, and resistance training in particular, then you really need to be shown each exercise, with proper instruction (and demonstration) so you are confident in performing the routine safely.

    It seems a very unusual routine to give to someone who is new to fitness/weight training. I would go back to the person who prescribed this program for you and ask them to provide proper instruction so you understand it fully.

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