Are personal trainers worth the cash?

July 7, 2009

You decide you need to get fit. But you’ve tried many times before and failed miserably. Why? Because either you have zero willpower or your mates drag you kicking and screaming to the pub. So what’s the trick to staying focused? SheSaid publisher, Monique Talbot, finds out.

“All in the name of authentic publishing, I decided to try getting fit with a personal trainer to see what all the fuss was about. Yes very scientific of me I hear you say, but I wanted an unbiased view of what personal trainers were really like. Everyone seems to have one these days but they’re not cheap, so are they worth it?

I enlisted the help of Joe Bonington from Trek Fit in Sydney who is a highly qualified Personal Trainer (PT). He is usually busy training people for Everest or Kokoda so getting me in shape shouldn’t be that hard for him.

We started with all the usual measurements, diet, feelings towards my body, goals etc and I was thinking, “This isn’t too hard!” Then the real work began. Squats, hill running, push-ups, sit-ups – you name it, we did it! Needless to say I found walking quite a challenge after our first session and I won’t even mention how hard it was to sit down on the toilet!

Joe said it was completely normal for my poor muscles to be a little tender since most of them had not been used since before Bill Clinton kissed Monica! (Yes it had been way too long between Gatorade sessions for this little puppy). But thankfully I was not as sore as I was after the first session again.

Once my body got over the initial shock, my next hurdle was motivation. I was angry at myself for not being able to get out of bed and go for a run or go to the gym on my own. What is wrong with me? Why do I need to pay someone to yell at me to get my butt into shape for next summer’s poolside swimsuit parade?

But this is a common misconception about PTs. Thanks to Bootcamp we think that all PTs do is yell and scream at us whilst standing around looking pretty. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. PTs adapt their regime to suit you which means, if you respond better to less aggression, that’s what you’ll get. I am one of those people so Joe was very nice and motivating and even made me laugh a few times. But he did not fall for my “I am trying” or “I can’t do anymore” whines and whinges.

After six weeks of two sessions a week I have decided that if you’re serious about getting fit and losing weight having a PT is definitely worth the money. Not only do they make sure you DO train but they make sure that the training is tailored to your body and your goals and that you are doing it right and not just going through the motions.

Even if I had gotten my lazy butt out of bed and gone for a run/jog/row etc, I would not have done so with the same attention to detail. Joe showed me how to run, how to hold myself and, of course, how hard to push myself which I will now be able to apply to my own training. He also showed me that I can do it, if I put my mind to it.”

Next Monday check back to see our interview with Joe Bonington and soak up all his top fitness tips and tricks (for free!)

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