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I signed on with a personal trainer a few weeks ago after getting tired of trying to exercise on my own. After looking around at the various gyms in Springfield IL, I found Jeremy Ferry from Pure Performance Fitness, and we hit it off immediately.

For those of you who have been following along with this blog, you're probably wondering why me, a guy who blogs often about fitness and has completed 3 Tough Mudders, would feel the need for a personal trainer.

Here are 10 reasons why I decided to make the leap. If you are on the fence about hiring a personal trainer, I hope these will encourage you to take that step.

Personal training - If you really want something, you'll find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse.

10. Results

Have you ever met anyone who had a good personal trainer who wasn't getting some serious results? When I walked into Jeremy's gym, it was immediately apparent that the people who had been consistently showing up for awhile were getting amazing results. I even talked to one lady there who had lost over 100lbs since joining a few years ago and looked amazing.

9. Prevent Injury

Over the years of working out by myself, I've injured both my shoulder and my knee. Trust me, you really don't want to do that. A good personal trainer can not only bring you to new levels of fitness, but they can do that without you getting hurt. As I found out, you really need someone watching over your form if you want to get fit without serious injury.

8. Motivation

If you are not accountable to anyone for your fitness goals, you are much less likely to stick with it. It's not cheap to hire a personal trainer, but what that means is that you are much less likely to blow it off if you're invested in it.

7. Accountability

A good personal trainer can help hold you accountable to reaching your own goals. When you have an appointment, it's a lot easier to stay on top of this than when you are trying to fit it in whenever you have time. It's also a lot easier to let yourself off the hook for those last few reps or for eating that large fry if you don't have someone looking over your shoulder.

6. Individual Attention

When I sat down with Jeremy, we spent the better part of an hour going through why I wanted to do this, what I wanted to accomplish, and what the plan was going to be to accomplish my goals. You are not likely to get that sort of attention from any public gym. My goals are likely different than your goals. Unlike a box product like P90X (which is still a great program if you can't afford a personal trainer), a personal trainer will design a plan specifically for you and then walk you through it.

5. Great Results in Half The Time

I looked admiringly at the people in Jeremy's gym and wondered just how long they spend weightlifting and working out every day. When he told me he asks only for 45-50 minutes three times a week, my jaw dropped. I had heard of stuff like that from articles like “Workout Less & Achieve More“, but guess I didn't really believe it. Preparing for my last Tough Mudder, I exercised 2-3 hours every day, six days a week, yet I still never got very ripped. I was lean and in shape, but not ripped. I decided right then and there that if he can get great results in less than a third of the time, I was in.

4. Aging Gracefully

I just passed 40 years old, and I'm finding what used to be easy 10 years ago, isn't so easy anymore. I can't down a large pizza and expect it to not go right to my gut these days. Bottom line, I need a little extra help if I want to continue to look and feel good. If you're getting a little older like me, you are probably finding that what used to work doesn't work quite so easily anymore. A personal trainer can really help with that.

3. Friendship

This may sound a little odd when thinking about why to hire a personal trainer, but good personal trainers not only hold you accountable but also often become friends to talk to while you are training. When you are working out several times a week, a personal trainer is usually right there talking with you, and over time those relationships tend to develop into friendships. This might not be the person you go out to drink beers with, but they are around to talk several times a week while you’re working out. That’s not something you typically get with large group classes at the gym.

2. Roadmap/GPS

You’ve run across 50,000 fitness plans on the Internet, but which one should you try? A personal trainer takes all the guesswork out of this. You show up, do exactly what you are told to do, and the results follow. That’s what you’re paying for when you hire a personal trainer, a program you can just show up to, do what they say, and get results.

1. Look and Feel Good

This was the number one reason for me when deciding to sign up with a personal trainer. I have been fit in the past, and I love the energy that I had, I just felt good. I also like to look good for the wife. What I don’t want to do is have to think about it much. I just want someone to tell me exactly what to do each day so that I achieve the results that I want. That's what a personal trainer should deliver.

Here's a message from Jeremy on why you should get started. Make sure your sound is on!

Don Smith

Don Smith is a business coach with decades of experience. Happily married with five children, he lives in Springfield, Illinois. To work with Don, please click here.