One of the biggest challenges for people who start a workout program is the “plateau” effect that usually occurs after about six weeks. Simply put, once a workout routine becomes, well, routine, the body stops responding with the same level of accomplishment that it had been earlier. While this is not completely unexpected, especially for people who have just gotten back into physical exercise after a long break or are starting a fitness regimen for the first time, it can be discouraging. People stop seeing results and, frustrated, they give up. This is one of the major reasons why a personal trainer should be engaged if a person wants to make a serious effort at maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Compare these two situations:
A person decides they are going to work out on their own. They look up a series of exercises they think they will enjoy, join a gym and begin their workout. They see some results rather quickly, but soon, the changes taper off. Discouraged by the diminishing results, and not having anyone they can ask for advice, they keep doing the only exercises they know, which results in them becoming bored. Deciding that it is no longer worth the time and effort, they give up.
Another person decides that they want to begin living a healthier lifestyle. They meet with a personal trainer and together they discuss their goals. The trainer puts together a workout plan to get started with and helps their client work through the exercises. As results start to be achieved, the trainer begins to switch out some of the old exercises for new ones. These new exercises engage the muscles in different ways, helping to keep the results moving forward. The change in routine helps to keep the exercising fresh and engaging, and the person continues to grow into a healthier lifestyle.
When these two situations are compared side to side, it is easy to see which one is the better option for long term success. A personal trainer provides accountability and motivation, but far more importantly, they also have the knowledge of what exercises will work the best for people on an individual basis. They have a wealth of knowledge to tailor the workout to be the most effective, and they can tell when it is time to switch from a barbell and aerobic program to a bootcamp and cross training one. By working to keep the total body engaged, both physically and mentally, they can help people turn their desire for a healthier lifestyle into a reality.