Thank ya, thank ya, I worked hard for it and I'm proud of what I've been able to do. It's been a journey since last year when the bug bit me. Now, to get this job, I applied to a lot of positions and this past week I've been through a lot of interviews. and one of the biggest questions that I got was...
"Why did you decide to become a personal trainer?"
Well, I didn't start out wanting to be a personal trainer, but once you lose a bunch of weight and you get the question of "How did you do it? Can you help me? What should I do here? Should I eat this?" You begin to enjoy telling your experiences and your investigations with others. More than likely if you've invested that much thought and time into something, it's certainly become at the very least a hobby. For me, it became a passion. Fitness at certain points became the best part of my day. And not just working out, but the reading, writing, and development of my programs and diets, and also the programs and diets of others.
At first I didn't think much of the position: Personal Trainer. Honestly, at first it just seemed like a cheap therapist and cheerleader. Which for some people, that's what they are looking for. No judgement: It's your money, do what you like with it. But, I think if you're looking for someone to just motivate you and kick your butt, you're already not going to succeed. Motivation and accountability have to be driving forces that come from within, because even financial investments are not strong enough factors for people to stick to things. People tear out their stitches from their gastric bypass surgeries all the time, thus tripling their weight loss investment.
Well, you're probably thinking "I thought personal trainers are meant to be motivational." And you're right, they can and should be motivational and inspire you, but they cannot be the only thing that does so. Because a personal trainer will not call you in the morning to wake you up, come to your home to pick you up, take you to the gym and proceed to move all of your muscles. Having a person there to work next to you can be immensely beneficial, especially if you're an outgoing personality. However, this isn't the practicality behind hiring a personal trainer, it's just an added bonus.
For me, a personal trainer is an investment that is meant to help you achieve your goals. It's you saying "I'm not sure what to do, but I'd like to change my current behaviors and find out ways to be healthier, fitter, and/or exist in the body that I desire."
So, I give you...
The Practical Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer
There is a lot of bull shit when it comes to programming out there. Shit like Men's Health 18 ways to get a ripped 6 pack in 36 hours (Drink Poison? I dunno) and other hype things get the most attention, whereas things that require a little bit more work on your end like a Wendler 5/3/1 where you work off of your percentages of your one rep max and then you have to figure out what kind of accessory lifts are best for your goals, then you have to look up what those exercises are, and at this point you're probably wondering what the hell I'm talking about. A good personal trainer can develop a program for you that will be based around your experience level, your personal interests and goals, and one that you will enjoy doing. And, they will be there to make sure you're doing it correctly...which Brings me to my next point.
There are lots of things that we do in the gym that can be pretty much 12 different versions of stupid. There are some things like general machine use that is pretty much self explanatory, but the learning curve on free weights can be quite steep. You can literally crush yourself on things like a back squat, which is the king of all exercises and by far the most effective thing you can do for your overall body development. Learning this movement on your own ain't easy, and it takes a lot of homework. Having a trainer there to not just count your reps, but watch your form and look out for your safety will not only save you from potential harm and hospital visits, but also save you...
There is a lot to fitness, and it's something that you can potentially sink a LOT of time into researching and studying. But, more than this, you can very easily accidentally send yourself down a path that will not only not help you get results, but actually set you back several months in progress. Looking at one article written by a slack jawed yolo telling you that you can only make gains by doing endless drop sets and eating 400 grams of carbs pre, intra, and post workout is more than likely going to make you have severe DOMS and feel pretty bloated and watery. Or it could be perfect. That Yolo don't know, he's not your trainer, he's never even met you.
Basically, something that could take 6 months could be spread out over the course of 2 years if you allowed for basic trial and error to be your guide instead of seeking out specific help to your goals and situation. To me, this seems like a better financial outcome. Because we all know that Time = Money. Which brings me to my final point.
Now, this will probably be considered a stretch, however, I believe that an investment in a good personal trainer can go beyond being a cost effective way of getting your own programming and doing your own dietary and nutritional research. It can also save you from having lots of medication and hospital bills down the line. It can prevent you from having ridiculous injuries that come from being sedentary and over weight or injuring yourself doing exercises you don't know how to execute. It can prevent you from getting sick as often because your immune system is boosted and you have an idea of the kind of nutrients necessary to make your mind and body function optimally. Less time at the doctors means more time with friends, family, and your JOB which will definitely put more money in your bank account. Not to mention that people who are in shape statistically get higher paying jobs than people who are visibly out of shape. I obviously have a horse in this race when it comes to the argument, but allow me to go further and say that for the rate you are paying most personal trainers that you're getting hours and hours of research, practical practice and experimentation, and as in the case of Ol' Yeargain, real life experience with overcoming similar difficulties.
I've stated my case...
In later posts I will talk about what a person should look for in a personal trainer. But right now I'm spent after plugging my new profession. If I've sold you on my services, hit me up at Operabro1@gmail.com, check out My Personal Training Page, or visit me at Fitness 19 on Casady Square on Penn and Britton and we'll set up a consultation and see if we're a good fit and if I can help you achieve your goals. I recon I can, but I'll allow you to be the judge.
Until next time, make an investment that will get you to your goals, not just give you a nice person to talk to and a shoulder to cry on, and as always...
Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing it.
The Opera Bro