Whether you’ve been training for a while, or are just starting, the thought of hiring a professional has probably crossed your mind.
The truth is, if you want to maximize your progress in the gym and avoid potentially time-wasting activities, having a mentor can do wonders for you.
They can help give you a great start with fitness and teach you how to be an independent athlete for years, even decades. More importantly, you won’t have to haphazardly throw things at the wall and hope for something to stick – you’ll have a proven plan to get the desired results.
Here are four incredible benefits of training with a fitness professional:
You Learn How to Execute Each Exercise Properly
If you spend a bit of time in a public gym, you are likely to notice something:
Poor exercise technique is much more common than you thought. Perhaps a significant reason as to why that is has to do with the fact that most people don’t take the time to establish a good foundation with the help of a professional.
When a person ingrains a poor motor pattern, not only is it incredibly difficult to unlearn it, but it also leads to ineffective training (poor engagement of the right muscles) and increases the risk of injury.
You Are Given a Personalized, Step-by-Step Action Plan
It’s no secret that the internet is rife with workout programs that promise great results. The big issue here is that none of these plans are individualized to you.
These plans were either developed with a specific goal in mind (one that you may not have) or were made for one particular person (as is often the case with these popular celebrity workouts). And though the program might work exceptionally well for some big-name Hollywood actor, it could be terrible for you.
We are all different. We’ve got different goals, schedules, starting points, genetic potentials, life stressors, and more.
The program you follow needs to take each of them into account. A fitness professional understands that and can develop a plan for you, based on your preferences, goals, and athletic ability.
A Professional Pushes You to Do Better
Most people can commit to consistent training – going to the gym day in and day out for a good workout. But without effort, consistency doesn’t do much.
One of the many reasons why people train regularly but don’t see good results in the gym has to do with the lack of progressive overload. This fundamental principle in training states that, for a person to gain strength, build muscle, or improve their overall athleticism, the body must be forced to adapt to a stressor higher than the one it has previously experienced.
In other words, we need to push ourselves. If you do the same thing over and over again, you won’t see positive adaptations. But if you have a professional by your side, they will know how to push you to do better – just enough so you see improvement, but not too much that you end up overtrained.
You Learn What is Effective and What Isn’t
Fitness can be incredibly confusing, especially for a newcomer. There are dozens of moving parts, and learning how to make them click can be a considerable challenge.
But it doesn’t stop there.
There are also dozens of strategies and ‘nuggets of wisdom’ that do nothing for us. The fitness industry is notorious for its many myths, lies, and misconceptions.
The great thing about working with a professional is that they can teach you the difference between what works and what doesn’t. This would save you a lot of time, effort, and money over the years and help you focus on things that are proven to work.