I’ve had a personal trainer since July, and I still don’t really know how I feel about it. I mean, I know I like my trainer personally (he’s rad), and I love how I feel after one of our sessions.
But I HATE spending the money, and I feel kind of like a fraud; I am not a Fancy Person. In my mind, fitness trainers are for people who have executive assistants, personal chefs, and dedicated massage therapists. I am certainly not in that world.
And yet, I have a session today, and I’m looking forward to it. What I do is see my trainer once a month, and he gives me a good workout, assesses my current fitness level and gives me a strength training exercise plan that I’m supposed to follow three times a week until the next time I see him. I’d like to see him more often (once a week would be amazing) but again – not really in the budget.
I’m considering whether to continue working with him in 2013. So I thought I’d break it down:
- It’s fun.
- I like having an expert I can come to anytime with questions about fitness stuff.
- The positive support and encouragement is helpful.
- It’s nice to surrender some decision-making about my exercise regime to a professional who knows what he’s doing.
- It motivates me.
- I feel confident that I’m doing things “right” – the correct exercises, the appropriate amount of reps, the right frequency and duration – to achieve my goals.
- The money! Even at what I feel is a pretty reasonable rate ($75 per one hour session), I feel it in my monthly budget. Couldn’t I just research this stuff online and create my own routines?
- Difficulty of scheduling. My trainer is good, and popular, and overbooked. Especially because I’m not a very frequent client, it can be hard to get a convenient appointment…
- … and when it becomes inconvenient, I’m less likely to go, my progress stagnates and my motivation flags.
I’m leaning towards continuing on, but I’m not 100%. Would very much like to hear the thoughts of others – how do you establish and update your exercise plan? Is personal training worthwhile?