You wouldn’t tell a mechanic how to fix your car, why would you tell a trainer how to fix your body?
Many times in my profession, I have run across people who disregard the science that goes into training, fitness, & nutrition. Here’s to setting the record straight:
Everyone thinks that they are a personal trainer or nutritionist or that their friend knows everything because they were able to lose a few pounds or they saw something in a “fitness” magazine that has the newest weight loss secret (or what our industry would call a gimmick). Little do people realize that trainers have a “method to their madness”. There is a specific reason why trainers put together programs (and meal plans is they are trained in that area) for their clients and each one is different. Every individual has different goals, which must be taken into account before deciding how to proceed with that client. Take for instance someone training for a figure/fitness show. As trainers we put together specific programs with a certain repetition scheme, order, exercise combination, weight adjustments, etc. Would you know what to do for someone wanting to add muscle? Or lean out before competition time? How much cardio? How many meals & calories in a day? What kind of lifting split? If you can answer those questions you are either a trainer or should be one. I know many of us trainers hear clients say “my friend did this” or “my friend says to do this” – news flash, your friend didn’t uncover the key to magic results, they either did something that they aren’t telling you OR they had professional help getting their results. I’m not saying that you can’t reach your goals on your own. But I am saying that a trainer will get you there safer, faster and teach you how to stay at that goal. Fitness and nutrition isn’t easy (obviously why our nation’s obesity rate is on the rise), but there are there are many PROFESSIONAL trainers and nutritionists that can and want to help you achieve your goals. The point is, next time you grab a workout routine off the Internet think about how effective is it really. Is it helping you reach your goals? Do you know if it is?
If you already have a trainer – great! But are you using them as you should? Asking them questions about how you are doing, what you could do better, getting nutrition tips (if that is part of their expertise)? Most trainers WANT their clients to reach their goals, scratch that, they want their clients to exceed their goals! You are their best form of advertisement! Ask your trainer how you can improve and what else you need to be doing to get to your goal, chances are they will jump at the chance to give you the extra help.
So remember, “You wouldn’t tell a mechanic how to fix your car, why would you tell a trainer how to fix your body?”
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