Not too often do you hear the words investment and fitness in the same sentence. However, there is an investment that you can make in your fitness training that will give you long-lasting returns. You see, when you are training, you will progress and make improvements; but sometimes you need to learn more, be pushed harder, or be challenged in a new way in order to break through barriers and increase your fitness level to new heights. This is where you will want to invest in a personal trainer.
The Benefits of Hiring a Personal Trainer
There are quite a few benefits to hiring a personal trainer and while you may not be able to afford a trainer for months on end, just hiring a trainer for a few weeks (or just a few workouts) can pay long-lasting dividends with the benefits and knowledge you can gain. Here are some of those benefits:
1. Having someone to push you harder and encourage you
Working out with a partner brings out the competitive side in everyone, which causes you to work harder and push yourself harder than you would if you were working by yourself. Also, having someone with you allows for you to try for one more rep, knowing that you have a spotter right there to help if you struggle. If you do not have a workout partner, a personal trainer can be that person to push you harder and encourage/help you when you start to struggle.
2. A change of pace
Our bodies adapt to our workouts and we have to change them up ever 4-8 weeks in order to maintain a good recovery response and make improvements; if we keep doing the same thing, our bodies plateau and we stop improving. While we can usually change things up on our own, personal trainers are experienced in giving you a workout that completely shocks your body and gets you an extra boost of change.
3. Specialized Knowledge
A personal trainer understands the human body and the kinds of exercises that are going to serve your needs best. While you might know how to workout for general fitness purposes, a trainer can give you a specific, specialized workout to maximize your training efforts for hunting and the backcountry that you can continue to do on your own.
How to Find a Personal Trainer
So, you are starting to think that at least a few sessions with a trainer might be a worthwhile investment. Good. But how do you go about finding one? Not everyone who works as a trainer is worth your time and money. This is something that you need to research so that you can be sure to get the most from your investment.
If you have a membership to a gym, there are likely a few trainers on staff. If you do not have a gym membership, you can use a basic internet search to find private personal trainers in your area. Many of these are generally people who have earned a certification in personal training and are competent enough to train the general public. However, you don’t want the same training as the general public; you want specialized training as a hunter. This is why you need to be sure that you find a trainer with sports training experience and certification.
You want to make sure that a trainer has a reputable certification for sports fitness. Some of the most widely recognized associations and their certifications are the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM); National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA, which confers both CPT certifications and CSCS, or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist); the American Council on Exercise (ACE); and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). If your trainer has one of these certifications, he or she should have the knowledge to train you correctly. However, your trainer also needs to have a CPR certification as well, so be sure to ask.
Once you have found a trainer, you should be sure to ask for their experience in your specific area of training and how they plan to help you accomplish your goals. Be sure to talk to other people who have been trained by them so that you can get a feel for how they work with others and their approach to training. If a few people tell you that the trainer was impatient and demanded too much too soon, then you should take note and look elsewhere. If people have a had a pleasant experience and have felt that they achieved the results they were looking for, you can have confidence in getting a good return on your investment.
Be sure that the trainer is willing to teach you. If they are reluctant to help you learn because they want you to be dependent on them and book more training sessions with them, you should see that as a red flag. If they have a teacher’s heart, then they will care more about your personal growth and you will benefit much more as you learn how to train on your own.
In the long run, a trainer is an investment. It could turn into a long-term relationship that is constantly beneficial, or it could just be a few sessions that help get you moving in the right direction. Either way, it is worth the investment because you are investing in your health, your performance, and your future.