Friday, January 22, 2016

4 Essential Reasons Why Choose A Personal Trainer

Choosing a personal trainer doesn’t mean you have no idea about fitness. It doesn’t even mean that you are not motivated enough to do it on your own. Choosing a personal trainer only means that you are taking your training very seriously and that you want to progress in a healthy way, with good exercises that help you work towards your goal, whatever that might be. Here are a few reasons why you should choose a personal trainer.

You Should Choose A Personal Trainer Because…

1. Correct Form

Performing exercises with the proper form is crucial if you want to stay away from injuries, and your personal trainer could give you tips and tricks on the spot to help you improve yours. Maybe you squat and it feels comfortable until you try to add a bit more weight to the bar. Most of us would think that our muscles are just not ready yet, and although that may sometimes be the case, it’s sometimes caused by improper form. If for example your back is not straight enough, you will feel a weird strain when you try to add weight, and though your muscles might be ready for that weight, your posture is what is holding you back.

2. Extra Nudge

Even if you consider yourself a very motivated person, having a bit of an extra nudge on lazy days never hurt anyone. In fact, a few words of encouragement can go a long way, and if you choose a personal trainer who is just your fit, he or she will know what to say to convince you to keep going when you feel like stopping your workout early.

3. Objective View

Your personal trainer could be the one telling you exactly what you need to change in order to reach your goals. If for instance you are working out and eating healthy, and you are not losing weight as much as you would wish, your personal trainer could sit down with you and analyse your meal plan and suggest improvements, even if that meal plan sounded perfect to you. They could also be telling you when you are training too hard (yes, that happens) and when you need to take a break.

4. Accountability Buddy

A personal trainer is, put very simply, another person who you meet with at the gym, and who shows you what exercises to do. Imagine you meet at 8 am, and you just don’t feel like waking up. You’re not going to hit the snooze button and mis this gym session like you might if your trainer wasn’t waiting. That’s because you feel accountable, and you know that it’s disrespectful to make someone get there, and then bail out. So from this point of view choosing a personal trainer is going to help you get out of bed when you don’t feel like it.
Do you work out with a personal trainer? Tell us how it’s helped you in the comments section below.


People tend to associate losing weight and burning fat with cardio exercises. Weightlifting training gets forgotten and judged as one of the lesser priority components in dropping body fat. Now I think it's safe to say that minute per minute, cardio burns more calories than weight training if you're working at a respectable level of intensity, however multiple studies have shown that after an effective weight training session, your metabolism can stay boosted from 24 to 36 hours post workout. So which one is best? Well let's delve deeper:

There are many health benefits from incorporating a staple cardio plan into your training regime: greater lung function, lower resting heart rate, improved heart health and improved recovery to just name a few. The two divided forms of cardio are Low Intensity Steady State (LISS) and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). As far as burning more calories during activity, LISS actually has a higher calorie burn compared to HIIT. Although HIIT is normally done for shorter bouts of time, it has been proven to burn more calories post workout which will work better for most effective fat burn, greater use of gym time and also a greater challenge compared to its lower intensity counterpart.
Weight Training
Everyone knows that weight training is essential for building muscle, but you could build muscle and drop body fat simply through effective weight training. The more lean muscle tissue you have, the more calories you burn. Just 1 kg of lean muscle burns 50 extra calories a day whereas 1kg of fat will only burn three calories in a day. So there you go, right from the start, the outcomes of weight training already outweigh cardio whilst at rest. You can incorporate many different training programmes, styles, techniques and methods to achieve an extremely effective calorie burn. Methods such as super sets, drop sets, giant sets and rest pause  for example, help raise the core body temperature and recruit more muscle fibres to work, which will require more calories to be burned for fuel.

Rather than pitch these against each other, can they live in harmony?
I have found in my own experience, that neglecting your cardiovascular system will actually affect your resistance training. A poor cardiovascular system will have consequences when it comes to making gains, causing you to stall.
By incorporating one to two intense cardio sessions into your training regime, you will help your heart and lungs to be more efficient in doing what they need to do in order to progress. Now we all know the feel of that burn sensation when the body is aching and our muscles are shutting down: this is due to the build-up of lactic acid which is a waste by-product of lack of oxygenated blood getting into the muscle cells. It stands to reason that the healthier and more efficient your cardiovascular system is, the more oxygenated blood can be transported through to the muscles, prolonging that build up on lactic acid and allowing you in turn to lift more weight for longer. This will help you in your ability to gain muscle, and as I stated earlier, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest.
As a conclusion, we need to look at how cardio training and resistance training can benefit one another. As an athlete, the stronger and more functional your muscles are, then the greater your abilities will become, which will translate into more creative and advanced cardio training. This will help you build up a stronger heart and lungs which will deliver more oxygen-rich blood through to the muscles. You will then push your body past those plateaus and will continue to make lean muscle gains.
So when you're looking to get rid of that body fat, focus on building a better and more advanced you! Training like an athlete and focusing on a structured training regime with respected cardio and resistance training will lead to one place: a leaner, stronger, healthier you.