There’s no mistaking it, that soreness that creeps in after a punishing workout and proceeds to plague your movements for the next few days. According to WebMD, delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS, is in fact, “tiny injuries called microdamage in the muscle fibers and connective tissue.” It generally happens after you step up your workout, try a new strenuous activity, or use eccentric muscle contractions (increasing tension on a muscle when it is lengthening, like when running downhill or doing pushups).
Whether you’re a regular gym bunny who’d rather gouge out your own eyeballs with a blunt knife than miss a session or have forgotten what the inside of a health club looks like, there are many benefits to signing up with a personal trainer.
You’d be in good company
According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), around 12 percent of the estimated 51.4 million health club users in America use the services of a personal trainer. Although the majority of users are between the ages of 18 and 44, there really is no lower or upper age limit for enlisting the help of a personal trainer.
You actually can teach an old dog new tricks
Everyone can figure out how to use those machines, right? Actually, no. If you’re just starting out with exercising, the last thing you want to do is “teach” yourself how to use the equipment – wrongly. Even if you hit the gym with alarming regularity, a personal trainer can help you tweak your routine to maximum effect.
You’re more likely to stick to your exercise schedule
It’s a miserable day and the thought of dragging yourself to the gym is hardly appealing. It’s all too easy to think “I’ll do it tomorrow.” It’s still raining the next day and the next. Before you know it a whole fortnight has gone by and you haven’t so much as touched your toes. That situation is likely to be entirely different if you have booked sessions with a personal trainer. You won’t want to just not turn up and you won’t want to waste your money either.
They’ll push you to new levels of fitness
Having a personal trainer is ideal for those who are inclined to give up too easy. Whether it’s five more reps or holding a position for just one more minute, when you think you can’t do another thing, it’s the job of a good personal trainer to get you to do just a bit more. Your reward will be a stronger, fitter you.
Plateau, what plateau?
When you work out regularly, you’ll see results week after week. That is, of course, until you reach that dreaded plateau stage. It happens to most people – however hard you work or how many pieces of lettuce you eat – your results level off. Personal trainers will be able to recognise this stage for the normal occurrence that it is and motivate you to work through it. They’ll also have no end of tips and tricks to add variation to your workout and kickstart those results once again.
But, but, but ……
“I can’t afford a personal trainer.”
Most health clubs offer free introductory sessions with their in-house personal trainers. Take advantage of the freebie and use the time to try to negotiate a better deal. While the group option might not be dangled in front of your face, it’s likely that there is one. Try negotiating half price sessions for you and two of your friends. You’ll be able to cheer each other along, and make significant savings as you do so.
Linda Forshaw is a Business Information Systems graduate from Lancaster University in the UK. The leading contributor to carte playstation network community , a playstation video game research site, Linda is a full time writer and blogger specializing in education, social media, Video gaming and entrepreneurship. Contact her on Twitter @seelindaplay