It’s Hard to Succeed on Your Own. Having a Trainer Really Works!

Here’s the proof, and below I’ll explain the top 4 reasons why!


A study published in 2014 in The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, conducted by the University of California School of Medicine (yah, legit stuff!), proved that working with a personal trainer works! And going it alone, well, not so much.

In the study, 17 people trained 3 times per week for 12 weeks with a personal trainer. And 17 people went to the gym 3 times per week doing things on their own. On EVERY measurement the folks who had personal trainers made huge progress, and those going it alone made almost none.

The results – on Lean Body Mass, which is how much muscle you’re carrying around, not the fat but the muscle, the group with the trainers gained almost 3 pounds of pure muscle, while the folks going it alone gained none! In chest press strength, those with trainers gained more than twice the strength compared to those on their own. In cardio, measured by something called VO2max, those with trainers improved by 7% and those without actually worsened by 0.3%. And leg press strength increased 50% more for the folks with trainers compared to those without.

So, the verdict and evidence are in! Personal trainers really, really, truly work. And going it alone, while admirable, rarely leads to results. And I guess we all already kinda knew that, didn’t we? So, don’t ever again spend your hard-earned dough on that hokey exercise machine from QVC that will promptly become your coat-rack. Instead, hire yourself a trainer who will train you online, or come to your house, or train you outdoors or at the gym, and you will get results.

Now to the WHY of it. The top 4 reasons why personal trainers work.

Reason #1: Because when you plop down your money and make an appointment you’re going to do the workout, and you’re going to do all the good stuff planned for that session.

Here’s what it’s like without your trainer: One of two scenarios.  We all know it. Scenario 1: “I should go. Oh, but there’s other stuff I need to get done. But I should go. Oh, but there’s other stuff I need to get done. Oh, but I should go. Alright, I will definitely go tomorrow.” Scenario 2: Your made it outside for your walk or run, or you made it to the gym. But then you don’t put in effort beyond what feels just like last week and the week before. Result – zero progress.

Here’s what it’s like with your trainer: Simple. You paid. You made an appointment. You can’t dodge your session. And you’re gonna do what’s on the list for that session. And voila – you’ve done more than you did last week. Progress, guaranteed!

Reason #2: Trainers are experts in what exercise regimes and nutrition habits will work for your goals.

Without a trainer: You have specific weight loss and/or tone-up, muscle-up and cardio goals. But how do you get there? It’s a pure guessing game. What foods are healthy, and not? How do you know how many calories to eat, or not? How many sets and reps of which exercises are best for you? Are you doing too much? Are you doing too little? It’s all a guessing game and it can be very discouraging.

With a trainer: First of all, be sure your trainer is certified by one of the well-recognized certification organizations! Anyone can call themselves a personal trainer. Your certified trainer is absolutely required to have and maintain his or her expertise in exercise and eating habits. They’ve studied, been tested and have continuing study obligations to keep that expertise current. Your certified trainer will know exactly what to do to keep you motivated and making progress. No guesswork.

Reason #3: Your trainer handles the tedious part for you. Planning and tracking your training and progress.

Without a trainer: IF, and that’s a big IF, you succeed in getting yourself off the couch to get some activity in, what exactly are you going to do on any given day? And do you know whether it’s more or less than you did last week?  The burden of planning the routine and tracking whether you’re making progress is just one more reason to avoid the whole thing altogether.

With a trainer: Your trainer has that covered. Your trainer plans your routine, based of course on your goals and preferences, and tracks your progress. Your trainer handles the tedium. You don’t have to.

Reason #4: We need to be encouraged. And sometimes we need to be pushed.

Without a trainer: This one we all know intuitively. We should all think very highly of ourselves. That’s healthy and productive. But, we all know that we can’t always count on ourselves, all alone and in the moment, to do what we ought to.

With a trainer: You have someone in your corner at all times to encourage you, and to politely push when needed. Your trainer’s priority is your success. Firstly, because she or he genuinely cares about your health and quality of life. And also, because your trainer’s livelihood and reputation depend upon your success. For both reasons you trainer wants you to succeed as much as you do.

So – American’s spend north of $60 Billion annually (yah, hard to believe, isn’t it) trying to lose weight and get fit. And just about all of it leads to nada! Your one piece of weight loss and fitness equipment that actually does work, no kidding really, really, truly works, proven by scientific evidence, is your personal trainer. Get one immediately. : – )

About the Author Aaron

Hi guys. I’m Aaron Bernstein, of AaronB Fitness. I’ve held an American Counsel on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer Certification for 17 years. With 17 years of experience I know what works and what doesn’t, and therefore what will work for you. What sets me apart from other personal trainers is my genuine dedication to your success. I create a custom program for you based strictly on your goals, needs and preferences. And I stay engaged with you in and out of the gym. I am truly your coach. I've also been an electrical engineer, and an Intellectual Property Attorney for 25 years. But fitness is my thing, so here I am and I’m so thrilled that you’re here with me.

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mkayny says April 17, 2018

Trainers keep you motivated!

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