An in-home personal trainer can add value to just about anyone’s health and fitness routine. Let's talk about the top 4 ways an in-home personal trainer can benefit you.
Learn How to Exercise Safely
Perhaps the most obvious way a personal trainer helps you stay safe is by teaching you proper exercise technique. This is SUPER important because most of us have developed poor movement patterns to compensate for weaknesses and tight muscles. If we try to intensify our activity, as you would with a new exercise program, those poor movement patterns would make their way into your exercises and may cause injury. A good home personal trainer will be able to spot those sub-optimal movement patterns and correct them using visual demonstration and creative language that gets you to move in a safer way.
I mentioned weaknesses and tight muscles before… A personal trainer can help correct imbalances like these, which will decrease your risk of injury. The first step is to take you through an assessment, which will help your at home trainer identify where your muscle imbalances are. With this information, your trainer can use a variety of techniques to loosen up the tight areas and strengthen the weak areas. This will make it easier for you to perform each exercise with proper technique and hopefully ingrain better movement patterns that you can carry over into your everyday life.
Besides correcting muscle imbalances and teaching proper technique, a home personal trainer will also decrease your risk of injury by progressing you through your training at the proper pace. Following the “no pain, no gain” motto is a quick road to an injury.
Everybody is starting their training from a different place- different fitness levels, different goals, different exercise experience, different medical/injury histories, different schedules, different forms of exercise that they have fun. These unique traits, among many more, are the things that a personal trainer considers when constructing your training plan. It’s tough to know what is the best way to train to achieve the results you are looking for. Should you lift weights? Should you do HIIT? Yoga? Go for runs? Diet? Your trainer will prescribe the best form of exercise that relates to your goals.
Are your goals even realistic given the amount of time you devote to exercise? An in-home personal trainer can help you maximize the time you have to accomplish your goals, or give you a reality check if your goals are too high for your time investment.
Consistency is the most important thing when it comes to improving health and fitness. A poorly planned fitness routine done consistently is more effective than a perfectly planned fitness routine done inconsistently. Most people do well with having their training sessions scheduled, but they do even better when their sessions are scheduled to be at their house. It eliminates a lot of excuses. Besides just getting in your training sessions, a personal trainer will also keep you accountable to the workouts you should be doing on your own.
One of the biggest excuses for not exercising is time. Having an in-home personal trainer is perfect for people who need to maximize the time they have for exercise. It is also the main point that separates in-home training vs gym training. Each of the last points made were all things that any good trainer could and should be doing to help you achieve your health/fitness goals, but only an in-home personal trainer can offer the ultimate convenience of meeting you wherever you want.
A Few Common Questions
What if I don’t have any equipment?
An in-home personal trainer usually brings the equipment. At Palladino Personal Training, we bring a variety of different tools to work with including: mats, adjustable dumbbells that change from 5-52.5lbs, resistance bands, TRX suspension trainer, foam roller, agility ladder, etc
Will I have a harder time reaching my goals without heavier equipment than an in-home personal trainer can provide?
That depends on your goals. For most people, no. If you are already an experienced lifter, can easily lift more than 105lbs on key lifts, AND your goals are to build more strength, then you would probably benefit from working with a personal trainer in a gym with access to heavier equipment.
How much space do I need to train at home?
If you can lay down and spread your arms and legs out without hitting anything, then you have enough space.
These are some of the ways an in-home personal trainer can benefit you most. I hope this gives you an idea of what you should expect if you’re considering hiring an in-home personal trainer. If you’re still unsure if an in-home personal trainer is right for you, ask for a free consultation to learn more… Most trainers offer it for free.