1. "Personal training is too expensive."
When people say to me that personal training is too expensive, my first reply is usually ‘compared to what?’ Compared to a gym membership that you buy in January and then only go half a dozen times in the year, costing between £600 and £900 per year? Or compared to paying £20 for an exercise class, with 40 people crammed into a room where there’s no coaching on whether your technique is correct, and you have a high chance of picking up long term injuries? Not always, but often it comes down to value and priorities.
2. "I’m not fit enough."
This is a belief that I totally understand and have sympathy for, although that doesn’t make it true. A good personal trainer will always take the time to talk through your exercise history and then assess what your current fitness level is. The reality is that there is no better way for someone who is deconditioned, or unfit, to get in shape than working out with a personal trainer.
3. "I don’t have the time."
For the very busiest people, personal training is a great option as it’s a regular appointment that is scheduled in the diary and you don’t have to think. You just have to turn up and train and then get on with your day. I bet we’ve all seen research showing that people who exercise regularly have more energy. The reason we’ve all seen it is because it’s true, and after you’ve trained, you’ll have more energy to attack your busy day.
4. "I don’t want to look stupid or feel judged."
This fear can hold people back from using a personal trainer and gaining control of their health. For many people, no matter how successful they are in their careers or personal life, when they are in their gym kit they feel vulnerable. A good personal trainer will be encouraging and supportive. Don’t let this fear hold you back from hitting the training goals you’ve always wanted to!
5. "I don’t want to be told I can’t drink wine/beer or eat my favourite foods."
If you feel like you’re depriving yourself with a new nutritional plan, then it simply won’t last. A good personal trainer will recognise this and help you make gradual improvements to your current diet in a sustainable way. This can be achieved through tracking what you eat and how much you eat. This allows your personal trainer to view your daily food intake, creating the all-important accountability that is needed to achieve results.
Rob Grim is the founder and owner of Revolution Personal Training Studios. Revolution has been established since 2005 and now has three locations in Sussex.