When Should I Hire a Trainer?

When Should I Hire a Trainer?

by John Sullivan

Don’t wait, research suggests you’ll likely be wasting your time. We’ll often hear potential clients say that they want to “get back into shape first” or “get into a routine” before they work with a trainer.  Unfortunately, what typically ends up happening is they engage in a less than optimal training program that further delays their fitness progress. 

 Understandably, new trainees may be nervous about their fitness if they haven’t been exercising regularly, but a qualified trainer will develop a program that is appropriate for their current level of fitness.   What does the scientific literature have to say on the subject? 

 A recent study in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research concluded “We have demonstrated for the first time in a fitness club setting that members whose training is directed by well-qualified personal trainers administering evidence-based training regimens achieve significantly greater improvements in lean body mass and other dimensions of fitness than members who direct their own training.”

 Another study, also in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research compared working out at home with exercise DVDs against working with a trainer.  “The results suggest that low-to-moderately fit college aged females not only prefer exercise sessions with a personal trainer but will also demonstrate higher energy expenditures and heart rates.”    The take home message is that while exercise DVDs can be useful if that’s your only option, you’ll burn more calories and have greater cardiovascular benefits working with a trainer, as well as greater safety.

Yet another study looked at a group of men wishing to improve strength.  Strength is concluded “Directly supervised, heavy-resistance training in moderately trained men resulted in a greater rate of training load increase and magnitude which resulted in greater maximal strength gains compared with unsupervised training.”

 Finally, fear and negative attitudes towards exercise can lead to psychological barriers, which may keep people from starting or maintaining an exercise program.  Researchers examined the effect personal trainers had on a client’s attitude towards physical activity.  “The results suggest that one-on-one personal training is an effective method for changing attitudes and thereby increasing the amount of physical activity.” 

 If you’re not in the shape you’d like to be in, hiring a trainer is the safest, most effective way to get where you want to be. 

About dcoffin280

I am a Boston based strength and conditioning coach.

Posted on August 6, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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