Is it worth it to hire a personal trainer? Well, that depends on your circumstances. Unfortunately, in more ways than one, I don’t think it’s worth it to hire a personal trainer.
In this article, I will explain my reasoning behind my assertion, and give you some tips on what you could do instead of hiring a personal trainer.
Personal training in many forms has been around for hundreds of years. People helping other people achieve fitness goals used to be reserved for the elites.
With the invention of the internet, the playing field has been levelled completely. And anyone now has access to the same personal training information that once was considered “secret.”
Personal training downsides
Why am I so opposed to personal training in the first place? What do I have against it? Well, I will tell you for starters, I hired one myself to see what they could do for me. It was $50 for a one hour session, and I felt that they did not listen to anything regarding my goals.
I was a scrawny young adult that wanted to put on muscle, yet the personal training wanted me to do intense cardio. If you have read anything about going from a skinny body to a muscular body, you know that cardio does not help with muscle gain.
In the same vein, I have heard about some overweight people that want to lose weight, and their personal trainer will put them through a muscle building workout plan with minimal cardio. Why would they do this, it is confusing to those who want to hit their goals.
It wasn’t until I did my own research on the internet that I found the solutions to my problems. It turns out, I wasn’t eating enough food to put on muscle, and I was doing too much cardio.
This ultimately lead me to build my own app, All Workouts: Personal Trainer (iOS | Google Play). The FREE workout plans within this app helped me put on a ton of muscle in a short amount of time. And then when I got big enough, I used high intensity interval training to shed fat.
If you are looking to hit your goals rapidly, I definitely recommend downloading the app. The best part about it, is that you can get started for free.
Positives of hiring a personal trainer
You already know that I don’t have a positive outlook on personal training in general. It is hit or miss when it comes to the personal trainer being on board with your goals.
With that being said, if you find the right personal trainer that is willing to listen, you might find good results.
If you have the money, this is where hiring a personal trainer might be a great idea. I personally workout 4 days per week. So if I hired a personal trainer for all 4 of those days, I would end up spending over $10k per year.
While for me, that is absurd, it might not be a bad idea if you have a high income. Getting in shape is completely priceless when it comes down to it.
Another positive about hiring a personal trainer is getting to know the gym. If you are a complete beginner, it might be worth it to hire one just to understand where everything is, and how to use the equipment.
The last thing I will say is that a lot of personal trainers genuinely care about you as a person. That is why they became personal trainers in the first place. They want to help people reach their goals.
If you find a personal trainer that is very personable, listens to your goals, and pushes you, that is a winning combination.
Personal training formula for hitting your goals
I don’t know what your goals are, but what I can tell you is that there is a simple formula for hitting your goals.
First, you want to learn how to calculate your maintenance calories. Once you understand maintenance calories, we can move on from there.
You have spent some time calculating maintenance calories, now it is time to declare your goals. Do you want to lose belly fat? Do you want to build muscle? How about getting six pack abs?
Weight loss personal training formula
Here is the formula for losing weight of any kind. This includes belly fat, neck, thighs, etc.. Anything that you want to lose comes down to this simple formula:
Eat BELOW your maintenance calories + Do cardio/HIIT 3-4 times per week
If you can consistently do this, you will no doubt hit your goals. The best way to follow along with a HIIT workout is to download our app. If you don’t want to do that, I created an article for beginner high intensity interval training workouts to do at home. This will give you a great start.
Weight gain personal training formula
Ok, now that we know the formula for losing weight of any kind, let me give you the formula for putting on weight. This includes building muscle, gaining fat, coming out of anorexia, etc…
Eat ABOVE your maintenance calories + Do weight training 3-4 times per week
This is so simple, yet not many people are willing to give it a shot. This is the exact formula that helped me put on 25 pounds in 1 year. Again, the best way to follow along with a weight training plan is using one of our free workout plans within our app.
If you don’t feel like downloading the app, that’s fine, I put together a list of 5 workouts for skinny people to gain muscle. Either way you do it, you will put on muscle if you follow the formula.
Remember to be consistent and make sure you aren’t cheating on your plan. Stick to the plan, and your life will change.
Main point: Is it worth it to hire a personal trainer?
If you have made it this far, you probably already have the answer to this question. You tell me, is it worth it to hire a personal trainer?
If you have the means to hire a personal trainer consistently, and you know they have your goals in mind, then it could be worth it.
The problem with personal trainers is that they all have different ideas as to what is going to help you be your best self. Not all personal trainers are created equally. Different training and different requirements ensure inconsistent results.
What it really comes down to is the formulas that I provided. It is SIMPLE to hit your goals, although it might not be easy. Learn how to make exercise a habit and you will change your life for the better!
If you don’t have a gym near you, or you just want to have a home gym, we have a list of recommended home gym items you can buy on Amazon. I personally used to be really nervous to go to the gym, which is why I built my own home gym.
It turns out, my fears were unfounded. They majority of the people working out at the gym are great and supportive!