Opinion

The Problem With Personal Training

Personal training can be life changing. Many people don’t know what to do in the gym, or how to eat right, and a personal trainer can be an incredibly useful resource on your journey. A good personal trainer can give you the accountability, the motivation, and the knowledge to help you achieve the results you want.

However, the keyword here is help.

I deal with this all the time as a personal trainer. My clients have great workouts and put in the effort at the gym, but some just don’t see results. I also track their nutrition and give them homework, but still, the measurements don’t change. Why? The amount of effort they put in the other 4-6 days per week they don’t see me isn’t enough to offset the lack of changes in their lifestyle. Too many people overestimate the amount of calories they burn and underestimate the amount they eat and don’t see results. The problem is, is that they don’t want to change, and now it’s on me that they didn’t reach their goal. How can we fix this?

A personal trainer can put in maximum effort to guide you in the most effective, and usually most efficient, way possible, but none of that will be of any help if you don’t put in the effort. The average client meets with a trainer 1-3x per week, for 30-60 minutes. At most, a client meets with a trainer a total of three hours per week. Three hours out of 168 in a week. That’s not even 2% of time available. If you decide to take those other 165 hours and not put them towards your goals, you aren’t going to see progress. A good trainer will give “homework” workouts and nutritional guidance and, really, all the tools necessary to succeed, but they can’t make you follow their suggestions. No one can do the work for you, besides you.

Don’t get me wrong, I do have clients who see results. These are the clients that are motivated to actually change their lives. They put in the work outside of me, they hit the gym, follow my plans, and make good choices in their nutrition. All of these clients are completely different in their lifestyles and goals, however they have one thing in common. They are all self motivated enough to change their lifestyle. These clients have found their why, their emotional reasoning to pursue this journey. Your why will get you started in this process, and it will keep you going, even when the going gets tough. Even when motivation dwindles, it’s the discipline of the lifestyle, and the sheer habit that you’ve formed, that keeps you heading in the right direction. But you need to make that decision to start, and to give it all you’ve got. Those are decisions I just can’t make for you. Weight loss can be a quick fix, but keeping it off, and living a healthy lifestyle, is not. Don’t believe anyone that promises you an easy, effortless solution. It’s a difficult process, but put in the work and you’ll see the results you want. Trust the process, it’s worth it.

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