Should You Hire A Trainer?


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Have you ever wondered if it’s worth it to hire a trainer to help you lose weight or get in shape?

The truth is, not everyone needs to hire a trainer. On top of that, there are many trainers who should never be hired.

My goal is to help you decide if you need one, and if so, how to find a good one. I may even convince you not to hire anyone at all.

Fitness & French?

Getting in shape and losing weight is easy. (Stay with me.)

It’s easy like learning another language is easy.

I’m not bilingual. I know a few words in several languages, like most people. And I have a friend who teaches me some choice words in French from time to time.

I do know enough Spanish that when I went to Mexico I did fine asking for a beer, a burrito, and a bathroom (usually in that order). But I wouldn’t be able to hold a conversation unless I spent a lot more time learning and practicing the language. In other words… I don’t speak Spanish.

But I could, because it’s just a skill. A skill that compared to, say, performing brain surgery, can be picked up in relatively little time.

Losing weight and getting in shape is more comparable to learning another language than it is brain surgery. It takes time and practice, but anyone can do it.

To Do It Yourself…

If you haven’t spent a good amount of time studying fitness and nutrition, the little bit you know is not enough to get you very far. It might even hold you back.

Before you go about getting fit on your own, you need to accept the hard truth… you don’t know fitness.

When you learn another language, you don’t read a few blogs about the language and expect to be fluent. You spend years studying the language, practicing the accent, and conversing with native speakers of that language.

It’s the same for fitness. It’ll take years of avid reading on the subject, practicing different training styles, and a lot of trial and error. Mostly error for awhile, trust me.

I know that sounds like a lot, but if this subject interests you, here’s some encouragement: This is a lifelong endeavor, so the first couple years of getting on track is nothing in the long run. You’ll be “conversational” before you know it.