5 Reasons to Workout with a Trainer


As a strength coach and a fitness blogger, I often get asked how I got started.  People who don’t know me assume that I was some sort of high school athlete or that I went to college with the intention of taking my passion to a professional level. 

Neither of those things are really true.  To be fair, I did play sports in high school (lacrosse and tennis) but to call myself an athlete is laughable…I couldn’t even run the mile warm-up without complaining.  As far as college, I majored in Criminology…a pretty far cry from fitness and social media.

In fact, it wasn’t until after I already graduated college and working as a victim advocate (I did do something with my degree for a few years) that I even had an interest in making exercise part of my daily routine.  I was newly engaged and like many brides, was motivated to look the best in my dress. 

SO, I hired a trainer to get my butt in gear and not only toned up in time for wedding but also discovered my love for fitness. 

WHY am I telling you all of this? Well, without my trainer, I would certainly not be where I am today.  Not only was she knowledgeable but she also catered to my needs and showed me that fitness wasn’t something to be feared but rather should be enjoyed.  

Many people are under the impression that hiring a personal trainer or coach is a luxury when in reality it may be more of a necessity than you realize.  Plus there are tons of benefits other than paying someone to tell you what to do! 😉 
5 Reasons to Workout with a Trainer

This post is sponsored by Find Your Trainer and contains affiliate links which provides compensation to us with cost to you.  As always, all opinions are my own. 

Goal specific training.

If there is any one single reason to hire a coach or personal trainer it’s for the fact that you will get goal specific training as opposed to just haphazardly going to the gym and making up your own routine.  Not only will your workouts be designed for you (yay for not having to think), the exercises will also be geared toward achieving your personal goal whether it be to PR a race, lose weight or get stronger. 

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Motivation.

Not only will dishing out a little bit of hard earned dough gear you up to workout but having someone there to push you and encourage you through the tough parts where you’d probably give up, is more than worth every last penny.  

Learn something new.

Before ever working out with a trainer, my idea of exercise was 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by  pushups and a few “arm toning” exercises with some dumbbells.  Needless to say, hiring someone who actually knew what they were doing and had fun/functional ideas on how to achieve my goals made a world of difference.  I expanded my horizons and got in super awesome shape in the process. 

Better Feedback.

It is an obvious benefit but there is a reason that the trainer field exists….they’re there to make sure you don’t hurt yourself while trying out all these new and different moves.   A mirror can only provide so much feedback….and let’s be honest…cranking your neck up toward the mirror doesn’t always promote the best form.  By having a trainer there, especially if it’s in a one on one or small group environment, they’ll be sure to tell you how to perform the moves right and progress in a safe and injury free way. 

They take you out of your comfort zone.

It’s human nature for most of us to stay inside our comfort zone in life.  This is true with our daily routine, what we choose to eat and the way we choose to workout.  Once we get into a groove it’s easy to stay there but it’s a trainer’s job to recognize when you’re capable of more and pushing you to better your best (in a safe and responsible way, of course). 

These are just a handful of reason why hiring a trainer is more of a necessity instead of a luxury but there are times when meeting with a personal trainer at the gym just isn’t convenient or doable.  

Fortunately, someone decided to come up with a service called Find Your Trainer that eliminates much of the hassle and many of the excuses you might come up with 😉 

Not only does Find Your Trainer literally help you to find your perfect match but it also doesn’t require a gym membership. 

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The way it works is that you find your match based on your goals, personality type and your body then you book an appointment with a trusted vetted fitness professional  who literally will come to you wherever be it a home, a parking lot or a hotel.  And get this, THEY bring the equipment! 

This is seriously how my first trainer operated and let me tell you, it was AMAZING.  Over time, I invested in the equipment that I really enjoyed working with and eventually made my own portable gym but with Find Your Trainer, you don’t even need to do that.  You just have to book the appointment! 

Of course, if you’d prefer to work out in a gym or studio you can do that too without having to pay a membership fee! Just simply book your appointment with your FYT pro from your desktop or mobile and you’re good to go! 

For a limited time, you will also receive a FREE TRX Go Suspension Trainer when you sign up or get $50 off your subscription purchase when you sign up using code GETFYT.

While I didn’t have this service around when I was just beginning, I will say that having a trainer who matched my needs, brought the equipment and worked with my schedule, made a HUGE difference in achieving my goals and actually helping me to fall in love with fitness, not just put it on my to-do list. 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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20 Comments

Susie @ Suzlyfe
Reply March 8, 2017

Yes to all! These are all great reasons!

Rachel
Reply March 8, 2017

How funny. We had similar beginnings. I was a criminal justice major with a minor in sociology. I planned on law school and never did anything with my degree! 🤦‍♀️

Iris
Reply March 8, 2017

every one of your articles is super inspiring for us, runners. I'm also training for a running race with SportMe running appwhich calculates distance, time, pace and calories.

Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply March 8, 2017

I can't say enough about how much working with a trainer has helped me. He definitely pushes me out of my comfort zone and motivates me to push myself
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Laura @ This Runner's Recipes
Reply March 8, 2017

Yes! All great reasons - especially the comfort zone!

Kimberly G
Reply March 8, 2017

I do not have a trainer but I did hire a running coach last year for marathon training and it was the best experience. I liked having someone to help hold me accountable.

Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home
Reply March 8, 2017

Yes! You know how much I love my coach. She has transformed my running and my life!

Jen @ pretty little grub
Reply March 8, 2017

I've worked with a trainer before and I definitely push myself way harder.

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply March 8, 2017

Working with a running coach has really changed my game for all the right reasons. I can't imagine doing it without her. The service looks like a great place for someone to start- very smart!

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply March 8, 2017

I've never worked with a personal trainer other than a "free trial" - she was a little bit TOO tough for my comfort zone! Still, I wish I had given it another thought! It's great to work with an expert who can really challenge you in new ways.
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Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply March 8, 2017

I feel like even trainers can benefit from trainers. It's a great way to learn new moves and push out of your comfort zone for sure!

Ivanna
Reply March 8, 2017

I agree working with someone who will push you is a good idea. Great post

William N. Lott
Reply March 8, 2017

Workout with a trainer is always interesting. I really want to have a trainer for me someday :). Thanks for sharing!
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Kimberly Hatting
Reply March 8, 2017

All great points! Especially the comfort zone thing...it's really hard to do that on your own

Health Fitness News
Reply March 9, 2017

Your information is very helpful to me
Maybe working with someone will improve my fitness

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
Reply March 9, 2017

100% agree with all of these points! I am a trainer and I love having a trainer. I always learn something new and with a spot I can really push my limits!

Harry@Good health
Reply March 9, 2017

They are all great reasons. I feel I'm so lucky to have such a enthusiatic trainer. Her effort to me is no joke!!!

Abby @BackatSquareZero
Reply March 9, 2017

Yes, fabulous reason. I am sure they would introduce you to so many new wonderful moves.

Ange // Cowgirl Runs
Reply March 10, 2017

I've always really enjoyed my experiences with personal training - I only wish it wasn't so dang expensive.

kimmythevegan
Reply March 10, 2017

"I majored in Criminology" Wow - I totally would have never guessed that. It sounds like a very interesting field. I'm glad you found your passion though =)
I started working with a personal trainer last year and noticed *huge* improvements in everything from range of motion, flexibility, endurance, strength and even confidence. I found it too expensive, so I stopped meeting with her, but started up again recently, because it really is worth every single penny. Everything you said is true and more!

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