It’s finally time. You’ve been saying for months, perhaps years, that you want to take the plunge and start taking your health & fitness more seriously. You’re deeply contemplating hiring a personal trainer as you’ve heard they can really help.
But then you start to question, are they really worth the money? Am I better off just getting a gym membership or working out from home instead?
A good personal trainer is absolutely worth your time and money. For between $40 – $70 an hour, they can really help you become more motivated, keep you accountable to your goals and most importantly, they will give you priceless education that you’ll reap the benefits from for years!
Today, you’ll learn how a high-quality personal trainer is worth their weight in gold, why you should get one, how much they tend to cost, and how you can pick a good quality one.
Let’s get started.
Are Personal Trainers Worth It?
There are countless reasons to hire a personal trainer – perhaps you have a specific goal you want to achieve in record time, maybe you need extra motivation or accountability, or perhaps you don’t feel confident enough to face the gym alone.
Whatever your reasoning, a personal trainer can be just what you need to push the boundaries of your current capability.
Personal Trainers are certainly worth your money, however, they must be of high quality in order for you to really reap the benefits and for it to be worth the investment.
Personal Trainers vary greatly in price, starting from around, with most costing between $40 – $70 an hour . These prices can really add up, especially if you’re paying them ongoing and for multiple sessions per week. You definitely want to know whether they are worth it and what you’re really paying for.
There are three main benefits of a high-quality personal trainer, that make them worth your money:
Arguably, the most important trait of a good personal trainer is their ability to be a good teacher, blessing you with education, information, and habits that you’ll reap the benefits of for years to come.
When you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, it can be difficult to know what information is correct and you don’t know what you don’t know. An experienced personal trainer knows how to cut through the ‘glitz and glam’ of the fitness industry and will give you the cold hard facts, saving you time and money.
The best personal trainers will also make themselves redundant over time. This means that they will teach you how to be intrinsically (self) motivated, will help you to understand why and how physical fitness is important to you, and will teach you how to be physically literate.
Physical Literacy simply means that they will teach you how to move well and how to become strong, stable and coordinated. They’ll teach you how to perform the fundamental exercises correctly – such as deadlifts or pushups – with good technique and how to load these exercises effectively over time.
Making themselves redundant doesn’t mean that personal trainers don’t want you to keep coming back, but you’ll notice that good personal trainers will build their clients up to a point where they can train confidently and autonomously, without needing much help anymore. A good personal trainer will teach you to be motivated and what to do whether they are there or not.
As a fitness coach at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, I know this all too well. I only have a select amount of time with each student before they graduate. I want to teach them as much as I can and set them up to become fit for life, rather than fit for just now.
This education is priceless and is an investment that you can’t put a price on.
A huge benefit of personal trainers is that they hold you accountable to your goals.
The 6:00am alarm goes off – it’s a cold morning, it’s raining, you slept poorly and you simply can’t be bothered getting up to tackle your session. You smash the snooze button and fall back to sleep.
For all too many of us, this is a regular occurrence and really stops us from achieving our dream body, slimming our waistline, or overcoming that health condition.
This is where a personal trainer can really help.
When you have booked in a session with a personal trainer ahead of time, you’re accountable to them. They too have had to get up early and have taken time out of their day to train you. This is a level of accountability that will help you stay the course towards achieving your pre-set goals when every single cell in your body is screaming NO!!
A personal trainer knows that your success is also somewhat dependant on them. Therefore, when you first sit down with them, you’ll be asked to identify your deeper ‘why’ – why you’re seeking to make this change in your life, what the change is, and how you’ll get there.
This is known as goal setting and a personal trainer will hold you to those goals in the times where the going gets tough. They can more easily see the bigger picture when you’re struggling, will remember your long term aspirations, and can help you overcome the pain of the short term to make those dreams a reality.
It’s in these tough moments where you’re getting massive value from a personal trainer.
Last but not least, personal trainers can dramatically increase your motivation. Perhaps you’ve made it to the gym, but you’re slacking off, wasting time, and are lacking focus. You stumble through the session, and by the end, you’re wondering whether it was even worth getting out of bed?
A good personal trainer has your session previously mapped out and will maximise each and every minute of the session.
When you’re dominating, they’ll celebrate with you.
When you’re struggling, they’ll help you push through.
When you’re defeated, they’ll give you a hand up.
A good personal trainer gives you the motivation you need to get the most out of each session, no matter how you’re feeling, the time of day, or what’s happening at home.
Having a personal trainer invest their undivided attention and time to help you stay motivated is worth every cent.
Do You Really Need a Personal Trainer?
The reality is that not everyone needs a personal trainer. If you’re extremely independent, have been training for many years, and/or are already achieving the goals you set out, you may not need a personal trainer.
However, there are some pivotal times when they are definitely worth considering:
- When you’re first starting out
- When you’re stuck in a rut
- When you have specific goals you want to achieve
Personal Trainers are arguably the most advantageous when you’re first starting out.
When you first set foot in a gym, it can be quite intimidating. Not only will a personal trainer help you with your training sessions in general, but they can also help you to feel more comfortable in the gym environment, will teach you how to use the equipment safely, and will help you feel confident.
Stuck in a Rut
Perhaps you’ve been training for several months or years, but you’re stuck in a rut – struggling for motivation or direction. Your training feels like a drag, repetitive and you just want to quit.
In these times, a personal trainer is definitely worth employing. They’ll address your struggles, help you set some new goals, and can provide you with some unique training insights and perspective that’s impossible to attain on your own.
Personal Trainers are a great idea if you’re hoping to achieve a specific goal in a certain time frame. Perhaps you want to slim down for your wedding that’s coming up, you want to run a marathon in 6 months’ time, or you want to add some serious muscle to your frame as quickly as possible.
When you have specific goals, a personal trainer can help you map out what it will take to achieve them, which can be difficult to do by yourself. They’ll hold you accountable to those long term goals each session.
What to Look For in a Personal Trainer?
In order for a personal trainer to be worth the money, it’s important that they are good at what they do.
It’s important to keep in mind that a personal trainer that suits one particular client may not suit another. You might want someone who’s going to push you to the limit and get to the point, whereas someone else might a trainer who’s kind, compassionate, and patient – everyone is different.
Nevertheless, here are the three most vital attributes of a quality trainer that’s worth paying for:
- Personal compatibility
- They teach rather than tell
This is perhaps the most important aspect when it comes to picking the right personal trainer. If you’re with the right trainer, they’ll almost immediately gain your trust, respect and you’ll enjoy talking with them. If you don’t feel comfortable opening up to them, you’re not going to like seeing them week after week.
Not only will you feel an affinity towards them personally, but a good trainer will also be able to ‘speak your language’. You should feel like they are easily able to decipher what you’re saying and put you at ease. You should feel like they understand where you’re coming from, what you’re trying to achieve, and you should feel easily convinced that they can help you.
If you’re unsure or uneasy, they won’t be right for you.
They Teach Rather than Tell
An aspect of a quality personal trainer we have touched on earlier is that they make themselves redundant.
Any good coach will teach you ‘why’ and ‘how’ – rather than just tell you ‘what’ to do.
For example, rather than tell you to get on the treadmill and jog for 10 minutes to warm up, they’ll explain why a warm-up is important.
Rather than tell you to keep your knees in line with your toes when you squat, they’ll explain how to do so by saying something like ‘imagine you are twisting your heels into the ground like a corkscrew’.
A good trainer is constantly teaching and making themselves redundant. They’re equipping you with the skills necessary to live a healthy and physically literate lifestyle, no matter whether they are there or not!
Finally, a high-quality personal trainer should be organised. This may seem obvious, but this extends far beyond rocking up on time and booking in the next session.
Do they keep you accountable to your goals and follow up on how you’re going in between each session?
Do they write you a program and make sure you’re filling it in?
Do they know your session like the back of their hand or does it seem like they’re making it up as they go?
Do they regularly change up your sessions and keep it interesting rather than monotonous?
These are just some of the many ways you can tell whether a personal trainer is worth the money you’re paying.
How Do I Find a Good Personal Trainer?
It can be difficult to know whether a trainer is any good at face value, which is why it’s important to ask around and do your research, rather than settling for the first one you find.
Talk to friends, colleagues, or family members who have experience with a personal trainer they liked. Ask them if their personal trainer possessed the three necessary attributes we spoke of earlier.
Many gyms also offer a free personal training session upon joining, which you can use to your advantage. Furthermore, most personal trainers themselves offer a free ‘get to know you’ session to see if they are the right fit for you, and visa versa.
Finally, if you’re still struggling to find someone, visit our contact page, fill out the form and we can source a high-quality, local personal trainer that’s the right for you.
The Next Steps
At the end of the day, a high-quality trainer is absolutely worth your time and money. Investing in your health and education are the most important things you can spend money on.
Bite the bullet and find yourself a solid personal trainer who will help you get to the next level in your training.
At Get Gym Fit, we provide you with the tools you need to join a gym you love and keep coming back to. This also extends to finding a personal trainer who is the right fit for you, in an environment you love.