Perhaps many years ago when Personal Training was making its debut in the world this was true, but not anymore. Personal Training is seeing continued annual growth and shows no signs of slowing down. Anyone can benefit regardless of the goal – fat loss, muscle gain, increased energy, sport specific training, improve flexibility or to reduce health risks.
Myth #2: A Personal Trainer will judge me because I am not in shape.
Many people fear that a Personal Trainer may judge them because they are not in their best shape or as healthy as they strive to be. This is simply not the case. Personal Trainers have chosen this career because they want to help people. Being able to support and guide someone to achieving their fitness goals is what drives trainers. They’ll be there beside you for your bad days and the good – your own personal cheerleader to see you through to the very end!
Myth #3: Personal Trainers are just program designers.
A common misconception about trainers is that once they give you a program to follow, their work is done. The depth of a Personal Trainer’s skill goes far beyond the first program they build for you. Trainers need to be able to properly assess your needs, your physical condition and any special considerations you may have. They need to periodize your program which means they manipulate many different training variables in your program periodically for one year or beyond so that you continue to achieve progress towards your fitness objective (and avoid the dreaded plateau!). Furthermore, they keep you accountable to showing up, training at the right intensity, monitoring your progress, and helping you stay on track nutritionally. The more often & frequent you see your trainer the better results you will have.
Myth #4: “I cannot afford Personal Training.”
Committing to Personal Training may take some financial planning on your part, but it is an affordable option for nearly everyone. Personal Training payment plans exists to help ease the burden on your budget. In addition many possibilities exist for the amount of training you can commit to including: different time commitments, small group training and partner training as options. It is also important to remember that investing in Personal Training is investing in your future health, physical and mental well being. You are totally worth it!
Myth #5: Personal Trainers want to punish people and are masochists.
The intense “bootcamp” style of Personal Training with the stereotypical hulky, red faced screaming commander yelling at his clients is just that – a stereotype. In reality, Personal Trainers are well educated and take pride in properly evaluating your needs, physical capabilities and training you at an appropriate level that is both safe and effective. Expect your Personal Trainer to be a friendly face that is welcoming and ready to help you push yourself to succeed.