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Why You Should Hire a Personal Trainer for Weight Training

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Why You Should Hire a Personal Trainer for Weight Training

Yes, you are a beginner, nothing to be ashamed of everyone has to start somewhere.  If not done correctly weight training can be dangerous, correct lifting techniques and using weights within your capability are important in avoiding injury.

When starting out in weightlifting a Personal Trainer will help you by:

  1. Developing a program to suit you.  Everybody is not the same.  For example:
    1. If you are in a reasonable shape you could probably go straight in to a light weight training program
    2. If you are very unfit and overweight a program that is more cardio focused may be better for you initially.   Don’t be put off by this, it is better to set a solid foundation to build on rather than get disheartened because you jumped in to heavy weights too early and find it hard to progress
  2. Providing encouragement and motivation and keep you on track
  3. Teach you that weight training is not all about lifting the heaviest weight you can all the time.  Weight training is more about good form and effort, and over time progressively loading the muscle enough to encourage improvements in size and strength.  This is a slow process, but let’s face it you have the rest of your life

In my view Personal Trainers are expensive and unnecessary for an experienced weight lifter, but is essential for a beginner at least initially.  Hiring a Personal Trainer for a  3 – 4 week program will help you  bed down the basics in weight lifting.  Of course compliment the knowledge acquired from your Personal Trainer with the vast wealth of free, or low cost instructional resources, such as:

  • websites
  • YouTube
  • Smartphone apps, e.g. Fitness Point, Pumping Weight
  • Watching and talking to other gym users (just remember to filter out the BS)


After a while you will realise weightlifting is not rocket science and be able to figure out what works for you.   

If you feel you need additional one-on-one instruction down the track you can always take on a Personal Trainer again.

Eventually you will reach a point where you are knowledgeable enough, and motivated enough, to train without guidance.

When on the lookout for a gym be sure to enquire about  Personal Trainer and instructional  resources available at the gym.  Most gyms will provide an initial program for the beginner to follow, with basic one-on-one instruction on how to perform the exercises when you start. This is particularly important for a beginner, irrespective of age.   Check to see if Personal Trainers are available, and there may be several options here:

  • Some gyms have Personal Trainers on their staff (limited choice)
  • Some gyms have contracted Personal Trainers who work thru the gym (more choice).
  • Often gyms will let freelance trainers work with clients in the gym (widest choice)


Good Luck!


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