Lately I’ve been posting up photos of myself working out with Joey, my personal trainer, and I’ve gotten comments such as, “You’re already so fit, why do you need a trainer?” – which prodded me to write this post. I’m not here to preach why you should get a trainer, but rather, why I got a trainer.
It’s true that I do have a rather active background – I was on the school badminton team and cross-country team in my younger days. But once I started working, I never trained at those kind of intensity levels and in fact, I did reach points where I never exercised at all. I have a comprehensive (and expensive ( ) gym membership with True Yoga/True Fitness/Original Bikram Yoga which includes access to all their gyms and unlimited supply of group fitness classes, but it’s not the same as getting one-to-one attention.
Some people feel that having a trainer sounds intimidating and that it is only for people who want to train for some competition or tournament. Some who are not even exercising at all, are skeptical about getting a trainer because they are unsure of the objectives and the cost.
Well, it can always be a trainer to train you for lifetime health – something that money can’t buy. Whether you are just starting out or you have been exercising for a long time, you will need help somewhere. It can be help for weight loss, help for a particular race you want to try or generally just want help to achieve your fitness goals and take you to the next level. Some, like me, want the proper guidance so that they can optimise their workouts (and not end up exercising to no effect or overtraining) and also make sure they don’t get injured.
In essence, I’m pursuing efficiency. I want to save time by making sure I’m training right and that will lead to progress. So here’s why I hired a trainer: