Hiring a Personal Trainer or Buying Exercise DVD’s? - June 24th, 2010

A common question: “Should I hire a personal trainer to design an exercise program for me or would it be better to just get some quality exercise DVD’s for me to do at home?”  My answer that question is a definitive maybe yes or maybe no.   Brilliant isn’t it?   Now, let me explain myself.  Both a quality certified personal trainer and quality home exercise program have their positive role.  Note that I used the word “quality” in that statement to describe both types of services.   MANY personal trainers out there that either lack credentials or quality services.  MANY exercise videos are low in quality and don’t give you proper instruction to avoid hurting yourself.  BUT, if you can find a quality trainer and quality home exercise DVD program, I think you have hit the gold mine.

5 Reasons to Work with a Certified Personal Trainer (or fitness professional)

  • Personalized Program.  Your program will be designed specifically around YOU.  If you have a shoulder, hip, or back problem, that exercise program will be developed with your needs in mind.  If you have certain area of focus, those elements will be incorporated into your program.  If you need more rehab and corrective exercise, one-on-one sessions with a trainer are ideal for you.
  • Continual Progression and Challenge.  Your trainer will design programs in phases that will allow your body to adjust and change, thus avoiding a plateau.   This process goes beyond 60 to 90 days.   The continual challenge of new things will occur as long as you are working with your trainer.
  • Good Exercise Form.  If you are concerned about moving your body in a correct way and avoiding injury, a trainer will be there to ensure that your form is correct and offer suggestions when they see something that could potentially cause you harm.
  • Motivation.  A trainer will push you to complete that extra repetition when you don’t want to push yourself.  They will call you if you don’t show up.  A trainer will ideally build a positive relationship with you that encourages your long term commitment to exercise.
  • Affordable.  Yes, I did just say that.  It is not a typo.   Whereas some clients choose to train with a trainer 3-5 days a week on a continual basis, that does not have to be you.  We can all say that it would be ideal to have a trainer knock on your door on a daily basis to make you MOVE, but that is not always realistic.  Choose to work with a trainer once a month for  new program design and accountability.  If you can’t do it every month, at the very least, work with your trainer once every quarter (3 months).  You are worth it!

5 Reasons to Purchase a Quality Home Exercise DVD Program

  • Convenience.  A Home Exercise DVD is easy on your schedule.  You can get up early or stay up late.  You can do it when your children are taking a nap.  Or in my own personal situation…it gets me OUT OF THE GYM.  As a trainer, I often feel like I LIVE at the gym.  It feels great to get out and still get my workouts accomplished.
  • Cost.  A good home exercise DVD system can cost between $60-$120.  That is equal to 2-3 months of a gym memberships.  As long as you actually DO those workouts, it is a GREAT deal.
  • VariationBeachbody comes out with new exercise programs on a regular basis.  This is fantastic if you are ready for something new and different.   Mix and match programs such as P90X, Turbo Jam, and Chalean Extreme.  Make it your own!
  • Alone Time.  If you like working out when no one is watching, than DVD’s are ideal for you.  You don’t have to worry about the type of clothes you wear, the way your hair looks, or who is watching you.
  • Social Time.  On a different level, you can choose to get one or two friends together (at your house or theirs) and do these DVD programs together.   It is a great way to have accountability and fun at the same time.

Which home exercise DVD’s do I recommend?  My first home exercise experience started with Beachbody’s Turbo Jam.  I saw an infomercial years ago and thought it would be a FUN way to do cardio while being able to LEAVE the gym after my clients.  Several years later, I have become a Beachbody addict and a Team Beachbody Coach.  I love their programs and I think their trainers queue in a proper way to help avoid injury.   Thus, Beachbody programs (such as P90x, Insanity, Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, Chalean Extreme, etc) are the only programs I would recommend to my mom, sister, brother…well, you get the idea.  They are the only ones I trust with my body.  Ask your trainer to incorporate these home workouts into your BIG picture.

Karen’s ultimate recommendation: 1)  Work with a trainer on a monthly (or quarterly) basis to ensure that your exercise form is correct and that you are pushing yourself at an appropriate intensity.  You can meet with a trainer a gym, find a trainer that has a personal training studio or get them to come to your home.  2)  Find a quality home exercise DVD program that pushes you on your “off” days and lets you workout when it is convenient for you.  You will have a blast.  I’m doing Turbo Fire right now and I LOVE it!  🙂

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