Many people as part of their weight loss program include a gym membership in order to add some structure and discipline to their routine. A great idea, but for people like me, I need some extra motivation to push the envelope on the days following a late night out. If you’re paying for a gym membership, make sure you pay for a personal trainer too.
Far too many times, the best intentioned of folks that really want to lose some serious weight start off like gangbusters. They follow every little twist and turn of their diet schedule and they religiously complete their workout routines to the second. All seems to be going well and then suddenly, the wheels start squeaking. Maybe you’ve had a long day at work and feel extra tired, or you had a late night out and can’t quite rise to the alarm at your customary 5.00am. Either way, these are the dark days of weight loss programs. Typically, anyone can follow a diet and exercise plan for a couple of weeks, but when you hit “the wall” for the first time, the boys easily get separated from the men.
It’s for this reason that I highly recommend you invest in a personal trainer when you enroll at a gym. The benefits are huge, and not least, quite simply, you have a motivating force standing right next to you when things start getting tough. For me, being an older male, I’m not able to put the same amount of vigor into my workout routines as I used to say 20 years ago. When I rode the exercise bike at home, the minute I started to get tired, I’d hop off the bike and tell myself that “I’ll make it up tomorrow”. Guess what. You won’t. The situation is very similar to going to school. If it wasn’t for teachers, we might still be walking around with our knuckles dragging on the ground.
If you can find a really dedicated personal trainer, your progress will feel so much more accomplished. Your trainer will set up a plan that is co-ordinated for you, your routine, and your body frame. He or she will monitor your progress and set daily and weekly goals which will add that extra little bit of bite to your routines. There’s no doubt that there will be times where you grow to hate that personal trainer, but it is all part of the focus in getting that weight off permanently. Additionally, you have someone who you can bounce questions off regarding diet, general exercise and any other health matters that don’t require a medical professional.
The extra cost of a personal trainer might be considerable in some cases depending on where you live, and may as much as double the outlay for the gym alone, but trust me, it is worth it over the long haul.