"The best investment you can make is in yourself." -Warren Buffett, Multi-Billionaire Investor
Disclosure: Posts may contain sponsored information or affiliate links, meaning we get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through our links, at no cost to you. Please read our privacy policy for more info.

Why I Use a Personal Trainer When I Can Teach the Class

My personal trainer was sick the other day, and I found myself helping others in the gym that he usually trains through all the exercises. I knew them by heart after doing it for years.

So why do I continue to work with a personal trainer?

It's the same reason companies spend boatloads of cash hiring people like me to be on their company board. It's an investment in outside accountability and perspective.

One of the best basketball players in the world, LeBron James, reportedly spends over $1.5 million per year on taking care of his body and has two trainers follow him around.

Do you think LeBron doesn't know how to shoot a basketball? That's a rhetorical question, of course he does! People would pay him a fortune to have him come to run a basketball camp. I would be shocked if he's not better at the game than his trainers.

He knows he needs an outside perspective to be at the top of his game and that little extra push from time to time. You don't make $89 Million in the first half of 2019 like LeBron James did without some outside help. He's learned the power of Warren Buffett's advice on the best investment you can make.

“Ultimately, there’s one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself. Nobody can take away what you’ve got in yourself, and everybody has potential they haven’t used yet.” – Warren Buffett, Multi-billionaire Investor

Saturday Morning

I went into the gym on Saturday morning, and about forty minutes in, I wasn't feeling it anymore. I've been dealing with a bad shoulder for years, and my shoulder was hurting. I couldn't push through the shoulder presses, it wasn't happening. I was done. Not a little done, I was DONE.

If Jeremy hadn't been there, I would have walked out the door and gone home. Instead, he listened to my whiny little whimpers about my shoulder hurting and agreed that we needed to stop…that exercise.

“Rack that and let's see what we can do about that shoulder. Give me three sets of 15 dips, superset that with pull-ups. Set it on 100.”

I so wanted to say “F*** off” and walk out the door, but I didn't. I knew what he was doing and that it was a good idea as much as I didn't want to do it.

Instead, I dutifully set the pin on 100, and pushed through the 90 rep series.

My shoulder was hurting but felt a little better than it did when I started due to the low weight and new exercise. Thank you Jeremy. I still wanted to walk out, though.

“One more thing. Give me three sets of 12, triceps pull down, straight bar.”

Great, almost done. I could do this.

I pushed through.

“Last thing.”

Oh F*** you Jeremy…

“Three sets of 12, triceps pull down, rope. Then you got abs.”

End in sight, I started flying through my final sets. I could do this.

“Slow those down.”

I gave him a dirty look, but slowed down and finished the exercise.

Pushing through abs, I gave Jeremy a high five as I walked out the door.

The Extra Push

I would have missed out on a significant chunk of my workout without Jeremy there to push me.

That's why I continue going back, even though I know what to do. That's why top performers hire trainers, coaches, and people like me to help them with their business, and keep them around.

Superstars like LeBron and major companies know that having a little bit of accountability and some outside insight can push them to go from good to great. They've invested in themselves, and are reaping the rewards. Will you?


Join thousands interested in improving our personal and professional lives

  • Discounts on 100,000+ Courses

  • Articles to Help You Grow

  • Networking Opportunities

  • Workbooks

BONUS: Get a FREE copy of 20 Books to Skyrocket Your Success when you subscribe today. Email is used to communicate news and articles. Unsubscribe at any time.

Don Smith

Don Smith is a business coach with decades of experience who helps owners and leaders achieve a better work-life balance while improving results. Happily married with five children, he lives in Springfield, Illinois. To work with Don, please click here.