Choosing a Personal Fitness Trainer vs. Joining a Health Club

Getting in shape just makes sense and is beneficial on so many levels. As well as affecting your overall fitness, it massively affects your physical and emotional wellbeing. Of course it will also make you look great as well! The decision to get in shape is the simple part.

Next, you’re going to take a few more ‘dig deeper’ decisions. The first is, how do you get in shape: hire a personal trainer (PT) or join a health club? Follow on for Choosing a Personal Fitness Trainer vs. Joining a Health Club!

The Benefits & Drawbacks of Hiring a Personal Trainer

Personal trainers provide one-on-one instruction. This means you can get a training program that is tailored to your specific needs. Your trainer can assist you in developing a training program that will help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals.

A personal trainer is like motivation in a bottle, as, on your own volition it can be difficult to get on the treadmill, or even get to the gym! With a PT, you have someone to hold you accountable when you don’t feel like working out.

You have someone in your corner ensuring that you stick to the plan, not just pushing you to your limits – consistency is the thing to go for here. This psychological (or endocrino-chemical) cocktail results in better, and faster results.

The Cost of Hiring a Personal Trainer is Sometimes a Stumbling Block

Personal trainers may charge anywhere between $65 to $125 (£50 to £100) per hour session, depending on how good or experienced they are. You can however, save money by participating in a group training session. You will still receive guidance and motivation this way. The other disadvantages to look out for include a clash of personality and a lack of training or certifications.

When hiring a personal trainer, it’s critical to look into their education and certification. Some health clubs hire anyone, and getting certified isn’t difficult. Check to see if your trainer is certified. Or at least be sure they know what they’re talking about and have a decent physique. (No one can give you anything unless they have it themselves, right?)

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Health Club Membership

A wide range of classes and equipment are available at health clubs. You can change from one class or routine to another. It’s an excellent choice if you want a well-rounded program and like to enjoy variety. Saunas, jacuzzis, and childcare are also available at health clubs nowadays.

The disadvantage is that you don’t have anyone in particular who knows your story to motivate you. This can somewhat be overcome by exercising with a group of friends. You can help each other stay motivated.

Joining a Health Club may well be Less Expensive than Hiring a Personal Trainer

Some personal trainers work out of gyms. This means that, in addition to the training, you may be required to buy a membership. Some trainers, on the other hand, will work out in their own gyms or come to your home and train you there.

Consider your strengths, weaknesses, and goals before committing to a trainer, or a gym. What are you trying to achieve? How big a priority is health and fitness for you? How does each option fit with you financially?

Investing in your health is hands down one of the best investments you can make with a payoff that is wildly out of all proportion to the time and energy you put into it. It’s your body after all, so make it your best version of you that you can!

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Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson is an experienced freelance writer who specializes in food and nutrition. Working in fitness marketing previously gave her a good feel for the industry and since going freelance she has been able to explore her preferred topic areas such as diet types, nutrition and food. Outside of work, Jen enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with her young family.

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