THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A PERSONAL TRAINER

There can be many misconceptions about using a Personal Trainer or a PT. Some people think a PT is only for beginners who don’t know their way around a squat rack, some people consider PT’s for those who can’t motivate themselves, some people consider PT’s to have a quick fix to weight loss and some people who have been using gyms for a number of years think a PT isn’t for them. While some of those statements are true, others couldn’t be further from the truth.

Let’s consider this, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, sees a strength coach. If you don’t know who he is, search ‘The Rock Iron Paradise’ to look at his impressive home and travelling gyms which he takes wherever he works. The point being even those at arguably their strongest still seek advice to improve.

Exercising can be daunting at times, and sometimes it can feel flat. Sometimes it feels impossible to reach your desired goals, and it can be hard to understand how to achieve them, as well as trying to motivate yourself to workout. Not having a plan in the gym can really limit results. A PT can be a great way to start your fitness journey as they can help overcome any obstacles and guide you in the right direction not only within your sessions but outside of them too. PT’s are for anyone, not just beginners. We’ll tailor a fitness programme for you and what you want to achieve and offer a lot more in sessions than just counting sets/reps and spotting you. Think you can’t lift heavier, you can, think you can’t run further, you definitely can, think you can’t, we’re here to show you that you can.

Hiring a PT can have many benefits. Here are our top reasons for hiring a PT, but ultimately if you want to achieve it’s up to you to make the choice.

AS PERSONAL TRAINERS WE:

HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Most of us have a specific goal that we wish to work towards when exercising. Sometimes it can be really hard to know what to do, and if we fail we may lose motivation and could even give up. A personal trainer can talk through your goals with you and set realistic/smaller goals that can be met first. Goals need to be realistic as you don’t want to be setting yourself up to fail. These smaller goals can help work towards the main goal. It will require hard work and dedication but can be achieved when you put your mind to it. A good personal trainer will create a programme for you to work towards to help achieve your goals and help you understand what you need to do to get there. 

HELP YOU WITH YOUR TECHNIQUE AND HELP YOU AVOID INJURY

If someone is trying to use a new piece of equipment, or complete an exercise that hasn’t been completed before it can be likely that the technique may not be correct. It can take a long time to perfect and could lead to an injury that could put you out for a long time.  A personal trainer will teach the technique of the exercise and correct form if needed, so you can make the most out of the gym sessions. This then reduces the risk of injury as they will make sure you feel confident and comfortable in the exercise. This is great when you train yourself as your body over time should remember the correct technique and can do so safely by yourself.

MAKE YOUR SESSIONS CHALLENGING

It is common to follow a particular programme then after some time find it boring and unchallenging. It may be that you aren’t seeing results anymore and have hit a plateau. Once you stop seeing results from exercising, it can be hard to know what to do next and you may even stop exercising entirely. A personal trainer will create sessions that not only will have more variety but also so that it challenges you and challenges you to be better. They will never make you do something that you can’t do. So with a bit of a push and dedication, you can get through the sessions.

CAN HELP IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH 

Exercise is great for mental health. It is one of a few things that really takes your mind off everyday stresses and by having a personal trainer there to tell you what to do, you don’t need to think about much at all. They can help with motivation when you need it the most and also are there to talk too. As you may be seeing a trainer a couple of times a week, they kind of become an unofficial therapist by helping you with your fitness and wellbeing. It is likely that you will be talking about your life and stresses in the sessions. They are there to help and support you in the sessions with both exercises and to offer a shoulder to lean on if need be. 

MOTIVATE

We have all had days where we feel a little less motivated or tired so have not put 100% into a training session. This is completely normal, however, if you are experiencing this more a personal trainer could help. A trainer is there to help motivate and push you when you really need it. Having someone there with you during your session will not only help you to work hard but also not to give up. Hearing that you are working really hard is a great confidence booster and will make you feel great. 

EDUCATE

Education is key when exercising. A personal trainer will teach you how to exercise and how to do so with correct technique. It is important to understand why you are doing what you are doing so you can use these skills in sessions you complete by yourself. In the sessions, the trainer will try and teach you as much as possible as well as have a session which is challenging. You don’t need a personal trainer for life unless you want to. Therefore it is during these times they want to educate you so you can succeed even after the sessions have finished. 

MAKE YOU ACCOUNTABLE

When working out by yourself it is easy to not train. We have all experienced days where we have said that we will wake up early and exercise, and instead have turned the alarm off and gone back to sleep for another hour. This is because you have no one relying on you to arrive. With a personal trainer, by having set sessions booked in you can’t change your mind. Sticking to a set schedule created by a personal trainer will help push you to complete the sessions. Also, we naturally feel more invested in things we pay for, as we want to get the most out of our sessions and money.

HELP WITH PREVIOUS INJURIES OR YOUR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

Exercising when you have an old injury or specific requirement can be tough. Especially if you are not sure what exercises to complete or what to avoid. A personal trainer can help overcome this and show you exercises that you can do whilst still recovering from an old injury etc. They can create a programme to help get you back to your health without the risk of further injury. 

HELP WITH SPORT SPECIFIC GOALS

Not all training sessions have to be a goal where you wish to lose a certain amount of weight or to build the biggest muscles. If you play a particular sport and wish to develop then personal training could be for you. Working with a trainer can help improve a sport that you feel passionate about. They can create a fitness programme specific for your sport, which can help improve performance and reduce risk of injury during events etc. 

SPOT AND CORRECT BAD HABITS

Like with anything in life we all pick up bad habits. This can be the same with lifting weights or completing an exercise. Personal trainers can help identify bad habits that may have been picked up over time that you may not have even noticed. These bad habits could be preventing you from a full range of movement, prevent you from increasing your strength or could even cause injury.

HELP BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE

This is probably one of the most important benefits. Personal trainers are there to encourage and make you feel good about exercising and achieving your goals. Over time it is this which will help improve your confidence. Whether that is in the gym or having confidence in yourself and body. We are all very negative about ourselves, so hearing from someone that you are working hard and heading in the right direction is great. Personal trainers are there to support and uplift others, not put people down.


Personal Trainers have a persona of being intimidating. Here at Sport and Recreation, this couldn’t be further from the truth. All of our trainers are very approachable, passionate, friendly and knowledgable. We are here to help you to achieve your fitness goals and show that exercise doesn’t need to be stressful. Exercise should be fun and nothing is more rewarding when you work hard and achieve your goals. You will get pushed, but that’s what you want. The keyword is personal, it’s all about you, and we’ll make sure we get the best out of you by working to your needs.

If you are struggling to find the motivation to exercise, out of ideas on what to do whilst the gym is still closed, or simply because you wish to be pushed then a personal trainer might be what you need. We at Sport and Recreation are offering online personal training sessions during these crazy times. Simply visit sportportsmouth.co.uk/online-pt to register your interest.

YOU KNOW THE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GET A PERSONAL TRAINER, NOW MAKE THE FIRST STEP TO ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS BY ENQUIRING.