There are lots of people who like the idea of joining a gym but never muster up the courage to actually go through with it.
This is largely because they find the whole idea of joining a gym quite intimidating. Not only will everyone there be fitter and stronger than they are, which is intimidating enough, but they may also be worried that everyone will be staring at them because they don’t really know how to use any of the exercise machines.
If you share some of the same concerns yourself, there is one thing you can do to make the whole process a lot easier and a lot less intimidating, and that’s to sign up with one of the gym’s personal trainers when you join a gym for the very first time.
Here are some of the main benefits of using a personal trainer:
Learn How To Use All Of The Machines
When you first step foot inside a gym, you will see a whole array of exercise machines, including a mixture of cardio machines and strength training equipment. A lot of the exercise bikes, treadmills and elliptical trainers are fairly easy to use, but it can be quite hard to figure out how to use some of the strength training equipment.
When you sign up with a personal trainer, however, they will show you how to use all of the exercise machines, and what exercises you can do on each one, which will really help a great deal.
Learn How To Perform Exercises With Correct Form
Following on from the last point, you will not only learn how to use all of the different exercise machines and equipment, but you will learn how to perform each exercise with correct form when you have a personal trainer there to guide you.
Subsequently, this will significantly reduce the risk of getting injured when you eventually start training on your own.
Learn About Diet And Nutrition
Personal trainers will not necessarily be experts in nutrition, but they will generally have enough knowledge to tell you what foods you should (and shouldn’t) be eating and the kind of diet you should be following if you want to achieve your goals.
The really dedicated trainers will even ask you to send them photos of every meal that you eat to make sure that you are eating the right foods every day (although not trainers will do this).
Another important benefit of enlisting the help of a personal trainer is that they will always be there to push you hard and make sure that you never give up.
The reality is that many people join a gym and give up within the first month once they start to lose interest or lose some of their motivation, but when you have paid for a personal trainer and have them by your side every time you go to the gym, this is far less likely to happen.
Get A Detailed Workout Plan
When you sign up to a personal trainer, you probably won’t want to continue using them month after month, unless you can afford to. Most people are happy to use them for a few months to learn how to use all the equipment, learn how to perform all of the exercises with correct form and learn which exercises they need to be doing if they want to achieve their goals.
A good personal trainer will accept your decision to start training on your own without any assistance, and in many cases will actually provide you with a detailed workout plan that you should stick to if you want to be successful, which will really help you in the future.
Hopefully you can see that if you sign up to a personal trainer when you join a gym for the first time, the whole process is a lot less intimidating.
No-one will be staring at you when you first start training because you will be guided by your trainer, and you won’t have to worry about making a fool of yourself because you will be taught how to perform exercises with correct form and how to use all of the exercise machines and equipment.
You will also find that you won’t be overly concerned that everyone is in better shape than you, like you might if you were to start training on your own because your trainer will start you off slowly. Indeed you should start to become more and more confident after each session because you know that you are getting fitter all the time.
So as I say, it really is worth paying for the services of one of the gym’s personal trainers when you join a gym for the very first time, and if you are still not sure, this article will give you an idea of what to expect from each workout session if you do take up this option.