This is Why You Need to Hire a Fitness Professional (Let Me Explain)

You need to hire a fitness professional, and I want to explain why.


Don't roll your eyes and don't sigh. 


Please don't think I write this just to make a sale (although I do love helping new people). 


I speak from experience. 


Because I was once the girl who wanted to "get toned up," and yet had zero clue what she was doing, jumping from one free YouTube video to another. 


I realized quickly that I desperately needed help. I wasn't seeing results, despite that fact that, in my '20s, all I had to do was think about weight loss and the pounds would shed. It's crazy.


You may be in that same situation: you're exercising and "eating right," but not seeing the results you want despite your hard work...and it's pissing you off. 


Hey, sorry to be crass, but it gets frustrating.


What are you doing wrong?


Why doing it on your own won't help

Most people understand the basics of losing weight: eat less and move more. This is all true and that's the first truth we practice when starting our fitness journeys.


But...what about the subtle, tricky stuff? What about our age or our metabolism? What about the fact that we don't really know what micronutrients we need? Or the fact that we may not know how much to eat of what and when? What's a micronutrient?


And nutrition aside--do we know how many repetitions and sets need to be performed to achieve that nice, lean look? What about the strong and stocky look?


When should you do cardio (what kind)? When should you do strength (what kind)?


You may get the point, and it may feel like I'm overreacting. I might be.


Here's the thing: if you want generalized "basic health" results, and if you're confident that your body won't engage in the weight loss vs. weight gain roller-coaster, then you're good: your daily group fitness class at the gym will do just fine for your goals and your standards. 


But if you're feeling frustrated doing it on your own, it's because you want more out of your body and your programming. 


What a fitness professional (a.k.a. trainer) actually does

I find that some people still don't know what people like me do. Are we here to give people a one-size-fits-all workout program and call it a day? Am I here to yell at people to get into shape?


I do what most other professionals in my industry do: ask and evaluate. 


I ask clients what they want, because I want to get at the heart of what they truly need and desire for themselves and their lives. Personal training is all about you. 


I evaluate a client's health history, movement patterns, and current fitness profile because I want to develop a fitness program that is unique and appropriate for them. 



And it's all about the personalization

Is it better to do the same thing, day in and day out, or invest in something for a period of time that will yield results?


Here's what I mean (true story):


A young woman who desires to drastically change her body composition has been trying to achieve results for the past year with "diet and exercise." She's been attending the regular Zumba classes at her gym, and sometimes trying the strength classes with dumbbells. 


She's made changes to her diet in the sense that she eats less, but she hasn't necessarily paid attention to the quality of the foods. She lost 45 pounds at first, but felt that she was restricting so many calories that it became unsustainable and she could not keep it up. Furthermore, her strength-training was very generalized (why do you think they call it "group fitness?") and she didn't develop the foundational strength necessary to keep going--her efforts resulted in an injury that kept her away from the gym for several weeks. In two months she'd gained back the pounds and felt like she had to start from scratch. 


Does this sound familiar? Or maybe for you, it's the fact that you simply haven't seen any significant changes. So here's what happens when you do hire a trainer:



During her first session with a personal trainer, she talked about her frustrations and challenges when it came to eating, sharing the fact that she neither cooks nor knows any resources that could help her. She talked about her past injuries and recurring lower back pain, which flares up on occasion, and how she didn't know where to start.


Her trainer evaluated her posture, cardiovascular fitness to place her in the correct intensity range, and evaluated her movement, noting possible muscle imbalances. Their training focused first on building this young lady's core strength and musculature, in order to prevent future injuries; other exercises progressed to activating underactive muscles, and stretching exercises focused on allowing the muscles to return to proper lengths. 


Nutrition coaching focused on guiding the young lady, step-by-step and teaching her about food groups and essential vitamins and minerals, and creating action steps that she could incorporate into her eating routine. 


Within a month she lost 10 pounds and increased her endurance and core strength. This client is now seeing changes. 


And this is a true story, because it is one of my clients. Once upon a time, this was me, until I decided to invest in a targeted program. 


Ultimately, it doesn't matter to me which trainer you hire. I do want you to understand that seeing permanent change oftentimes requires a level of commitment that's far beyond what we're used to. 


It's about understanding that hiring a professional means getting professional results. 


What's my objective with my clients? To make them learn, and empower them to become independent. One day, I want my clients to graduate from my services and do this on their own...but by then we'll be assured that they have a solid foundation. 


And who knows? Maybe one of my clients will go on to help others. 


But how will a trainer make money that way? 

I know that there will always be someone who needs my training. My (and others') reputation as a fitness professional depends 100% on the results of my clients--their happiness and satisfaction and the value that my services bring to them. There will always be clients. 


Is it time to hire a trainer? Then ask yourself this:

  • How willing am I to get the results I want? Am I desperate enough that I'll go the extra mile and invest in myself?
  • What areas do I need help with the most? What about fitness gives me the most anxiety or confusion?
  • What kind of personality do I connect with?
  • What do I want from a trainer? What do I want at the end of this?


Are your results important to you? Then the investment should be, too, and that's a natural part of it. Do your research, find the trainer that's right for you, and more importantly, narrow down your goals. 


By the way, speaking of empowering others, have you joined my fitness community at Balanced Daily? Join here to receive updates on free challenges, access to freebies, and my live Q&As. 




Libet Chang