If you’ve made the decision to adopt a healthier lifestyle, it’s tough to know where to begin and how to make the most of the time you spend on health and fitness. To help you evaluate the best approach, here are some of the benefits of working with a personal trainer vs. solo workout sessions. 

Joining or re-entering the gym after some time away can be exciting and empowering, but also intimidating. Navigating your way around equipment and machines can be tough. Working with a personal trainer is a great way to establish a customized workout program and learn how to use the equipment at the gym. It’s also helpful to have someone to guide you (and motivate you) through your first workouts. 

Perhaps you favour an at-home workout approach. Creating a safe and effective workout routine on your own can also be difficult. GoodLife now offers both in-person and virtual personal training to support differing needs and comfort levels.  

Here are some benefits of working out with a personal trainer. 

Customized Plan

A personal trainer will start by assessing your goals and fitness levels. You’ll work together to create a customized workout and nutrition plan that will help start your journey toward achieving your health and fitness goals.

Guided workouts

A personal trainer will coach you through structured workouts, and provide the motivation to not only show up, but to push you harder than you may be able to push yourself. They will hold you accountable while ensuring you optimize on the time you spend on personal fitness. 

This can make all the difference in your progress.

Creating positive habits

Motivation will get you started, but habits will keep you going. A personal trainer is passionate about health and fitness, and will share that passion with you, encouraging you to make regular workouts habitual, creating long-term success over short-term gain. 

Safety first

A personal trainer will assess your body, and tailor a plan to your individual needs. They will advise you on how to safely engage in movements, ensuring you use proper form to reduce the risk of injury and plateau.

Change it up

Maybe you’re someone who picks a few favourite exercises and sticks with them, or forgets to change up your routine every few months. A personal trainer will keep your fitness journey balanced and moving forward; challenging you toward progress over plateau. 

Optimize with nutrition

A personal trainer can teach you the skills to create positive lifestyle habits, including how to fuel your body to become the most healthy and energized version of yourself. 

While personal training can get you started on the right foot, there is also something to be said for a little “me” time with your tunes, your thoughts, and your weights. 

Here are a few reasons why hitting the gym on your own terms may work for you: 

Exercise on your schedule

If you like to get your workout in at the crack of dawn, independent exercise is ideal. A little alone time in the gym first thing in the morning can set a tone of accomplishment and energy for the rest of your day. 

Work out anywhere

Your GoodLife membership gives you access to clubs all over the country. If you like to attend different gyms in your area, or use clubs in other cities when you’re travelling, you have the luxury to do just that when it’s just you. 

Choose your favourite workout

Do you love arm days? Maybe you enjoy doing them more often than leg or ab days. When you work out on your own, you have the freedom to pick your favourite exercises or even group fitness classes, and do them as often as you like to activate those endorphins. 

It’s all about you

Working out just for the sake of working out is … amazing! Solo workout sessions can offer a little escape from everyday stresses to do your fitness thing in a way that makes you feel good. This can leave you feeling invigorated and ready to take on the day.  

A “foundations first” approach to personal training is a great way to cut your teeth at the gym, or revisit something you may have lost familiarity with (ask a GoodLife associate or visit our website). 

If you’re ready to really hit your fitness goals hard and see results, a personal trainer is definitely the way to go. Having an expert in your corner to ensure you’re being safe and getting the most out of your valuable time is important. 

Finding ways to workout on your own or in group fitness classes is good for flexibility and to build your own willpower, abilities and sense of accomplishment around fitness. Balancing personal training with group fitness and solo workout sessions allows you to take a fluid approach to fitness, which may be the key to your fitness success.