No one blames you for seeing a well-muscled personal trainer at your gym and thinking, “What could that kid possibly teach me about fitness?” Just 30 years ago the field of personal training was highly unregulated. Anyone who’d spent a couple months in a gym could hang up a plaque and call themselves an expert.
But today’s personal-training industry is not what it used to be, with trainers typically boasting multiple certifications, and in some cases, degrees. So yes, they can teach you a thing or two about fitness, and you should listen. But if you’re still convinced you know it all, check out this list for the tell-tale signs it’s time to invest in a trainer of your own.
You Can’t Seem to Stay Consistent
Maybe you have some fitness knowledge, but are you following through on it? Statistics say you’re not. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 21 percent of American adults meet physical activity guidelines. Even assuming you’re not a complete sloth, that doesn’t mean you’re as consistent as you should be. Be honest, do you sometimes skip workouts? Or take a week off here or there? Sorry, but you’re not going to get results with a plan that’s scattered and unreliable. Hiring a trainer can help you stay accountable because you’re more likely to hit the gym if you know your trainer’s waiting — especially if skipping means you forfeit your (probably expensive) session.