Now I know what you are thinking...
Listen, I have offered personal training services in the past, and in fact I still now offer one to one coaching (but on a very limited scale). I've been involved in the fitness industry for twenty years now, so I have a pretty good idea who personal training is for, and more importantly who it is not for....
So if you care considering personal training, or you are feeling a bit jaded with your current set-up with your personal trainer, before you part with your hard earned cash, I want you to consider these key signs that personal training may not be a good fit for you.
You Are Always Missing Sessions
This happens for many valid reasons (despite what your Personal Trainer might think).
Maybe you've got yourself a boot-camp style trainer, who talks down to you, who's idea of motivation is to verbally abuse you (often in subtle ways). If the thought of a session with your Personal Trainer fills you with dread, then I'd change change trainer, rather than throw in the towel - there are some fantastic trainers out there.
If you find that you have tried various trainers and it just doesn't fit in with your lifestyle and you keep having to cancel sessions (and getting charged a late fee) you may want to rethink things.
Maybe you have a chronic illness that flares up, you've moved jobs that requires extensive travel, you're now a parent and finding the first year really challenging, you've picked up a new hobby that you really enjoy which clashes with your personal trainer's diary - then it maybe a case that it's not for you. I joined an archery club earlier this year. They were open three times a week. It started off great, then my life situation changed. I began to miss more and more sessions. This frustrated me, and I began to beat myself up about it. Then a light switched on in my head.
I searched for clubs in the area that were full time. This meant that I had more options to hit the range. I was committed to learning archery, not the archery club. It's a subtle but important distinction.
Be committed to leading a healthy lifestyle and getting fit - rather than having a personal trainer or to specific gym.
You Are Pretty Self Motivated..
Personal Trainers are great at providing motivation when we hit a slump, not feeling one hundred percent or just need that kick up the arse to get our sh*t together. They are also great at providing little nuggets of wisdom, but if you are already self motivated, and know what you are doing, it could just be a wasted of your time and money.
You Already Have A Solid Knowledge Base....
Maybe you have had a keen interest in fitness all your life, or even studied it at university, but went into a different career. Most Personal Trainers nowadays are more like instructors than coaches, and while many are educated to a high standard they are often little more than a walking google search engine. They lack the soft skills of actual Coaching. So If you already have a solid knowledge base, and know how to use google, you're pretty much set.
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