Friday, November 11, 2011

everyone needs a little personal attention

Happy Remembrance/Veterans Day to everyone. Take this day to be thankful for the sacrifice that our soldiers and their families make every day to keep the rest of us safe.

I was all prepared to write about how great the Edmonton Oilers are looking so far this season. They are playing great, scoring goals and winning games - 3 things that have been sorely lacking in the last few years. The young kids are stepping up to the plate to make a difference and the old favourites are showing they still have some tricks up their sleeves.

But that will have to wait, because I have something very important to talk to you about. Consider it a public service announcement without the famous face and the "The More You Know" shooting star across your screen.

You need a personal trainer.

Don't take offence - I think you look fantastic, I just think that everyone can benefit from the knowledge and skills of a personal trainer.

Now, I know what you're thinking - I do just fine on my own. I get Fitness magazine and I have a gym membership, so what do I need a trainer for? I have no interest in having someone scream at me and tell me I'm disgusting to motivate me. No, thank you, I'll stick to my Fitness magazine.

I know that, because I used to think the exact same thing.

Until I started working out with a personal trainer!

So I have compiled a list of reasons why everybody who cares even remotely about their health should see a personal trainer:

  • a good personal trainer can design a work out just for you - You want to bulk up? Slim down? Run longer? Faster? Harder? You want 6-pack abs but hate doing crunches? No problem; a good personal trainer can assess your strengths and needs, and help you achieve your goals.

  • a good personal trainer makes sure you doing shit right - I don't know how many squats I have done in my lifetime - MANY - and before I started working with a personal trainer, do you know how many I was doing correctly? ZERO! A good trainer can help you isolate the muscles that should be working and give you tips and tricks to help you along the way.

  • a good personal training will keep it interesting - I used to go to the gym, pop in my iPod and go through the motions of my usual routine. Now I go to the gym, I chat and laugh with my trainer and learn new and interesting things about how and why my body works the way it does.

  • a good personal trainer will test your boundaries but will recognize when you're at your limit - When I worked out on my own, it was easy for me to give up because something was hard, or I would be stubborn and push myself too much until I hurt myself. A trainer will challenge you, nudge you to the brink of your comfort zone, but can recognize when you've had enough.

  • a good personal trainer will never berate you, insult you, yell at you, judge you, or otherwise make you feel bad about yourself - I can be having the absolute, edge-of-sanity, worst day imaginable, but about 5 minutes into my workout with my trainer, it is all gone and I feel motivated and energized and happy.

  • a good personal trainer will support you - I'm not talking about emotional support, like "You're doing awesome, keep up the good work" (though they will do that too), I am talking about actually physically supporting you so that you don't fall over...which happens to me more often than you would think.

One other piece of advice: Don't settle for someone you don't feel comfortable with or you don't enjoy working out with. Play the field until you find the trainer that is just right for you.

And if you are so lucky to find a personal trainer who is also a trained massage therapist (like mine is) - hold on to that unicorn and never let them go because that is a magical creature that has a unique expertise to know what is going on in your body and exactly how to get it working at its best.

Have you ever worked with a personal trainer? What's stopping you?


  1. I would love to have a PT but the costs are so ridiculous here and it's usually on top of a gym membership!

  2. I'm with Hutch...I would love it but it's so expensive. I used to have a trainer and I was paying over $100 per session. However, if I could find one as great as yours, I think I'd suck it up and pay the money.

  3. you and Rob need to work on cloning him and having him work where your readers live ;)


  4. I've worked with a trainer, and they do push you past what you would accept as satisfactory or even challenging working on your own. My trainer last year got me to leg press 600 pounds. She was crazy. But I still have really strong legs as a result!

  5. I've worked with a few trainers, and I always love it. I've always been in the best shape and the strongest when I've worked with them. I really miss it. Like Hutch said, right now, I just can't afford it. So I work out with Jillian's DVD and while it's not the same as having a personal trainer, every time she tells me that she has 400 pound clients that can do jumping jacks, it makes me jump a little higher.

  6. Funny you should say that, because I was pondering at the gym today if I should get a PT. I've had one before and great results, because even if you only see them once a week, you're obliged to keep up the good work so that they see an improvement next time. But it's such HARD WORK!! So I am still pondering....

  7. Someday I hope to! They are pricey, so I haven't yet! Great post.