June 21

Is a Personal Trainer Worth It?


Everyone has thought about it at some point: Is a personal trainer worth it?

There are so many FREE workout videos, fitness apps, and all the well-meaning advice from friends, why should you spend your hard-earned money on a personal trainer?

Well, I’m here to break it down for you and hopefully show you in the process why having a personal trainer is one of the best decisions you’ll ever make for your health and fitness journey.

Which is going to sound extremely self-serving, considering that I’m a personal trainer and the owner of a personal training gym.

But stick with me, because if you were wondering if a personal trainer is worth it you might benefit from getting the scoop from an insider.

Customized Workout Plans Just for You

First off, let’s talk about customization. The problem with most of the free fitness options that you have available to you is that most of them are generic, with the same workouts for everyone.

But no two people get in shape the same way, making many of those options useless.

When you work with a personal trainer, you’re getting a workout plan that’s tailored to you, your fitness level, your goals, your schedule, and even your likes and dislikes.

Why This Matters:

• Your Plan Should Match Your Goals: Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, run a marathon, or just feel healthier, each one of those goals requires a different training strategy.

A good personal trainer will create a plan that’s all about you AND your particular goals.

• Adaptable: Your body is always changing, sometime in ways that you don’t want it to. But when you start working out, those changes become exponential and the plan you started with, may stop working.

A personal trainer can adjust your plan as you progress, so the results keep coming and you avoid those dreaded plateaus.

• Safety First: The most important thing a personal trainer does is keep you safe during a workout. Proper form is key to avoiding injuries and getting the most out of your workouts.

Not only will a personal trainer teach you how to do exercises correctly and safely, they’ll watch and correct your form as you do them.

A quick story from The Fix Gym: One of my clients, Renae, came to me after trying “everything” to lose weight.

She was demotivated and frustrated and who could blame her? Putting in effort and NOT seeing results is the fastest way to fall off a program.

After hearing her story, and the challenges that she was dealing with, together we created a plan that worked perfectly with her busy lifestyle and especially her goals.

Within a few months, she not only saw visible results but regained her confidence.

When she talks about The Fix Gym, she says that we changed her life. A statement that touches my heart and humbles me at the same time.

Keeping You Motivated and Accountable

The hardest part of trying to get fit is the motivation. We all have those days when the couch seems way more appealing than the gym. This is where a personal trainer really shines. It’s literally our job to keep you motivated and accountable.

Key Benefits:

• Consistency: Just the idea that your trainer is waiting for you will ensure that you make it to the gym, especially on the days you don’t feel like going.

• Scheduled Workouts: Having a set appointment with your personal trainer makes it easy to create a workout habit effortlessly.

• Goal Setting: Personal trainers help you set realistic, emphasis on realistic, achievable goals so you know what’s possible and have a clear direction to achieve it. .

Another story: I have a client, Jason, who has trained with me for more than 16 years.

His main struggle was consistency. He would start strong but lose motivation after a few weeks and lose all the gains he made.

We managed to create a routine that worked for him so well, that he’s still training at The Fix Gym nearly two decades later.

Expertise and Education on Your Side

There’s more bad information out there about fitness and nutrition, than good. A good personal trainer has a wealth of knowledge and experience that will cut through the noise.

Why This Matters:

• Exercise Techniques: Form is the most important thing you do in the gym.  Learning how to perform exercises correctly to avoid injuries AND get the most out of your workout is what having a personal trainer is all about.

• Nutrition Tips: If your trainer is a nutritionist as well, they can provide guidance to help you fuel your body without overinflating it.

• Injury Prevention: The most important job we have as personal trainers is keeping our clients safe. When you’re working with a good trainer they will know how to modify exercises to prevent and work around injuries.

For example, one of my clients, Al, had chronic knee pain and was hesitant to work out because he was afraid it would make the condition worse.

We focused on exercises that strengthened the muscles around his knees and within just a few weeks, his knee pain decreased significantly and he was able to lose 55 pounds by working with us.

It’s no surprise that losing weight helped his knees feel better too.

Breaking Through Plateaus

There is nothing worse than a plateau. You work your butt off in the gym and just when you think you’re crushing it, you hit a wall and the progress stops. Personal trainers know the causes of plateaus and how to overcome them. Good trainers, know how to avoid plateaus in the first place.

How Trainer’s Avoid Plateaus:

• We Mix it Up: At The Fix Gym, we introduce new exercises and routines every workout to keep your it fresh and challenging.

• Progress Tracking: This is the most crucial way to avoid a plateau. Tracking your progress a trainer can identify problems with your program and allow us to make data-driven decisions.

• Advanced Techniques: I like to call the experience I’ve gained from training more than two decades my bag of tricks.

I can show you every way to train that has been invented and a few that I invented myself. From strength training to HIIT, if you’re struggling with a plateau, I’m sure there’s something in my bag of tricks that will jump-start your progress again.  

One of my clients, Nick, had been working out on his own for years but felt stuck.

He was spending up to 3 hours in the gym, but he wasn’t getting the results he wanted. We revamped his routine and added in advanced techniques like supersets and interval training.

Not only did he break through his plateau, but he cut the amount of time he was spending in the gym down by 75%. He also fell in love with fitness again.

Making the Most of Your Time

We’re all busy. Too busy! And sometimes it feels like there’s just not enough time to fit in a meal, let alone a workout. Personal trainers help you make every minute in the gym count, so you get the most out of your time and get back to your life as quickly as possible.

Benefits of Efficiency:

• Quick Results: Good trainers have the knowledge and experience to design workouts that get results in less time.

• Focused Sessions: Not knowing what to do in the gym is one of the major problems that will keep you from reaching your goals. When your trainer has your workout, all planned out there’s no more wandering around the gym wondering what to do next.

• Effective Workouts: Not every workout is good for every goal. You need an efficient workout that leads to faster results, so you stay on track and motivated.

I had a client, Frank, a busy professional who couldn’t find time for the gym.

Our short, high-intensity workouts fit into his busy schedule and despite having limited time, he got amazing results. Quality beats quantity, every time.

Investing in Yourself

I’m going to be honest with you here, The Fix Gym is expensive.

I know you’ve heard that hiring a personal trainer is an investment in yourself, and while that’s true it’s much, much more than that.

Hiring a personal trainer is an investment in your overall well-being. Can you put a price tag on that?

Think about it. How much would you pay if I could snap my fingers and make you fit instantly? A lot, right? Well, hiring a personal trainer is the same investment. It just takes a little longer than a snap.

Why It’s Worth It:

• Long-Term Benefits: Fitness, health, and quality of life are great benefits and well worth the cost. But the most valuable thing you’ll get out of working with a trainer is self-confidence and that is gold.

• Preventative Health: Ralph Waldo Emerson said that health is wealth and boy howdy is he right.

If you’re sick, it doesn’t matter how much money you have in the bank. You have the power to prevent most health issues and save a lot of money on medical bills down the road.

• Mental Health: We always think of lean muscle when we think about exercise, but it’s so much more than that. Exercise is a great mood booster and stress reliever.

As a matter of fact, in a recent study, exercise was shown to be just as effective as prescription drugs at reducing anxiety and depression

What to Look for in a Personal Trainer

At The Fix Gym, we help busy professionals take back control of their fitness. We know what you’re up against and are here to provide the support and guidance you need to achieve your goals.

When you’re looking for a trainer, you want to make sure that it’s a fit ( no pun intended). Here’s a short list of things to look for:

• Trained Trainers: Your trainer should be certified and have the knowledge and expertise that only come with experience. Look for a trainer who’s been in the game for at least five years, but more than ten would be ideal.

• Personalized Programs: Every training program MUST be customized. You need a trainer that offers customized training plans to customized to your challenges and your goals.

• Friendly Environment: If the experience of going to the gym is yucky, it’s going to be hard to get yourself to go. Make sure your find a gym that is a welcoming and motivating space to be in.

At The Fix Gym, we like to think of ourselves as a community. When you work out here, you’re part of our family. Look for a trainer who treats you like family (or the nice family you wish you had).

If you’re still reading this, I imagine that you might have some questions. Here’s a list of what I think you should be asking before you start looking for a trainer:

FAQs About Personal Trainers

How do I find a personal trainer for me?

Look for trainers who are certified, have good reviews, and offer a free initial consultation. When you meet them for the consultation make sure they match your preferred training style and personality. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their experience, their approach, and how they would help YOU achieve your goals.

How often should I see a personal trainer?

Three sessions a week. You might not know this, but if you’re doing it right you should only have to work out three hours a week to get the results you’re looking for, and that is my recommendation.

What do I need to bring to my personal training sessions?

This really depends on the trainer. At The Fix Gym we provide everything but your workout cloths. Water, towels, and a lot of positive energy!

Can I afford a personal trainer?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you can’t afford not to work with a trainer. Personal trainers might seem expensive but when you think of it as an investment in a better life, it’s well worth the cost.

What if I have an injury or medical condition?

Make sure you get a GOOD trainer. A good personal trainer will know how to work with people of all fitness levels and with various medical conditions. They should be able to modify exercises on the fly to suit your needs and work around any limitations.

Can personal trainers help with nutrition?

This is a complicated question. Most of the trainers in Los Angeles would say yes. I say NO.

For good nutrition coaching, you need a certified nutritionist. If your personal trainer claims to be knowledgeable about nutrition, ask them about their nutritionist certification. If they give you a blank look, that’s your answer.

What kind of results can I expect?

What a loaded question that is. The short answer is that it’s possible to lose up to two pounds of body fat per week, At The Fix Gym, that’s what our clients experience.

There are a lot of bad trainers out there and the results of working with them will vary widely. But if they’re worth their salt, a good personal trainer will help you achieve a wide range of goals from weight loss and muscle gain to increased endurance and overall fitness.

Conclusion: Is a Personal Trainer Worth It?

Obviously, I think the answer to that question is yes. I wouldn’t be a trainer or own a personal training gym if I didn’t think so. But the only person that can answer that question for you, IS you.

A personal trainer provides expertise, motivation, and the personal attention you need to achieve your fitness goals.

How important achieving your fitness goals is to you, will dictate if it’s worth hiring a personal trainer.

Final Points:

• Hiring a Trainer is Committing to Yourself: Yes it’s an investment (and not a cheap one) but don’t you think you’re worth it? I do.

• You Will Reach Your Goals: You can achieve and exceed your fitness goals with the right expertise and support. AND, if you’ve found a good trainer they will guarantee that you do.

That’s what we do at The Fix Gym and it should be industry standard to guarantee your work.

Remember your fitness journey is yours, but that doesn’t mean you have to take that journey alone.  Having the right support can make all the difference.

Ask me how I know,

Tiger Ford
June 2024

About the author

Tiger Ford is a Master Personal Trainer and nutrition coach with over 10,000 hours of experience helping people just like you develop a fitness habit to stay lean and strong for life.

For a one-on-one consultation with Tiger please call 800-428-3496.

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