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7 reasons to hire a well educated personal trainer

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  1. Do you know what you are doing? Just because you read a lot of fitness articles doesn't mean you know how to create a well designed workout program. Can you answer these questions.

      1. Do you know proper periodization?

      2. Do you know what the most efficient form of cardio for fat loss is?

      3. Do you know the proper rep schemes for hypertrophy, fat loss, or strength building?

      4. Do you know how to assess and or correct anterior pelvic tilt?

      5. Do you know the 7 basic human movement patterns that need to be trained?

If you can answer all 5 of these questions you are about 1/8 of the way to being able to design a great program that will deliver superior results.

  1. A well educated trainer will not only help you lose weight fast, but they will help you lose fat and gain lean muscle. There is a significant difference. Most diets, help you lose weight, a good portion of that weight being lean muscle. Losing lean muscle decreases our RMR (resting metabolic weight) thus decreasing the amount of calories you burn during the course of a day. Once you go off of that strict diet that is impossible to follow you gain more of the weight back faster because of the decrease in lean muscle. For example the HCG diet is extremely unhealthy, any diet that limits your calorie intake to 500 a day is akin to getting stranded on an island with nothing to eat but coconuts, you are going to lose weight, but you are going to be unhealthier after, which I think is the opposite of what we are trying to accomplish. Why don't we just save you the time and cut off your arm?

  1. A well educated trainer will be able to create a program that is efficient and fits into your schedule. Instead of taking a shot in the dark and hoping your doing the right exercises in the right order, a trainer will make sure that you are not wasting your efforts or time in the gym.

  1. A well educated trainer will be able to determine what your limiting factor is, in other words what is the biggest issue that is preventing you from reaching your goals. Once they determine what that is, they are then able to tailor a nutrition and workout program to overcome that factor.

  1. A well educated trainer will be able to assess your movement patterns, flexibility, and strength in order to determine what areas you need to work on to improve your quality of life. For example if you have tight ankles and hips you will not be able to do full squats. This can be easily remedied with the proper corrective exercises which in turn can help with back, knee, and hip pain.

  1. A well educated trainer will be able to meet you at your current level of fitness. Going to hard to fast instead can lead to injury and/or burnout. For example plyometrics (jump training) and/or running for a beginner is NOT a good option and is a great way to get hurt. The number one priority of a well educated trainer is to make and keep you injury free. Is this accomplished 100% of the time? No, but with a good trainer you are far less likely to end up injured then with an uneducated trainer or no trainer at all.

  2. A well educated trainer will know how and when to push and when to let off the gas. One of the biggest challenges is being able to push past your current comfort zone and reach the next level. A great trainer will elevate you without grinding you into the ground.

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