Either way, the cost of a PT can start to add up, especially if you’re paying for it over and above a gym membership or other fitness classes or clubs. It’s good to understand the real benefits before you get started, to ensure it will be money well spent:
It’s a great way to learn the basics. Whether you’re just starting out on your fitness journey or you’re looking to add something new into the mix, the expert guidance of a personal trainer will ensure you get the techniques right from the off.
It’ll get you out of a workout rut. If you’ve been working out for a while and you’re starting to lack motivation, a couple of sessions with a PT will really help to reinvigorate your workouts and improve the effectiveness of your sessions.
You’ll actually see results. Having a PT on board will greatly increase the chances of you achieving your goals as you’ll be doing a programme of exercises tailored just for you, plus they’ll be someone making sure you stick to it!
Help build your confidence. Even for seasoned gym-goers, having the support of a PT can help you take your workout to the next level. Whether it’s lifting weights or upping your cardio, a personal trainer can help you fine-tune your technique so that your workout is safer and more effective.
Improve all-round wellness. Most people seek the help of a personal trainer to focus on improving their workouts, but a good PT will, in truth, give you so much more. They can provide expert information and guidance on diet, nutrition, rest and recovery, making them more of a lifestyle coach than a fitness coach.
Virtual personal trainers
A virtual personal trainer is a fitness coach who is accessible online, rather than face-to face. They can provide the same expert advice, support and personalised training plan as an in-house PT, the only difference is, they won’t be there with you in person. Instead, online personal trainers will work with you through web-based coaching, whether that’s Skype calls, FaceTime, emails, videos or an app. Most virtual PTs charge a monthly fee, which will be considerably less than joining a gym or paying to see a trainer in person. Alternatively, you can work with a virtual PT for a set period or time or to achieve a specific goal – whether that’s to lose weight, tone up, increase muscle or improve your general health and fitness.