In today’s blog post I’d like to speak to you about the benefits of engaging a personal trainer.
But first, let’s step back in time, to 11 years ago, when I was 18 years old. I stepped foot in my first gym, the YMCA Ballarat. I’d been given some rough treatment from my boss at the time and felt a bit angry at the world. I needed to vent this frustration so I decided to join the gym. I did a boxing/combat class and I remember punching the air, imagining my bosses face as I did so.
As embarrassing as that story is, that moment where I backed myself to make a brave move towards change, not knowing where that would lead was a turning point.
Just that effort of entering the gym made it seem much less scary and it became a place where I could actually see myself growing, both physically and mentally in this next stage of my life.
I had a PT give me a weights program to follow and did it religiously 3-4 times per week. I started to feel muscles I never felt before. I remember being on a night out, with friends. I had an impulse to scratch at my pec/shoulder area and felt something I hadn’t felt before. Surprised at first I then confirmed with my friend close by that this was in fact new muscle. I was stoked.
Over the next couple of years, I spent many hours in the gym working hard, always motivated to go, so I never imagined having a trainer supervise me each session. Every 3 months I’d get a new program and go for it. In my mind, trainers were only for those who weren’t motivated to do the exercise themselves. I was smashing my workouts for 1-2 hours at a time and getting in great physical condition.
A couple of years later the injuries started to occur. First I had shin splints, then a stress fracture in my foot, then patella tendinitis, which took about 3 years to fully heal, required many injections and was very painful. I also had pretty bad lower back and hip pain on occasion as a result of the body being out of balance from all the above injuries.
By the time I was 21 I had been training in the gym for 3 years, mostly on my own and I started to seek answers.
I was now living in Melbourne and came across a master guru of the human body. A man who showed me what true technique was when it came to the basic movements I was trying to do. These included the squat, deadlift, pushup, chin-up, overhead press and more.
It was a light bulb moment that taught me very quickly I had been doing things completely wrong for the past 3 years and caused all of these injuries myself.
I had built a tremendous discipline when it came to my training and made it part of my life, which was a huge positive, however by not seeking expert help I had set myself back several years.
These mistakes early on ultimately cost me my career in VFL. I was delisted after 7 years on the list after suffering from chronic injuries.
From that moment on, however, the game changed and I spent the next 8 years learning best practice and proper technique. I became obsessed with anatomy and physiology and figured out how to fix myself and others when it came to moving well and pain-free.
There is no doubt that if I could go back in time, the one thing I would change would be to seek an expert trainer to watch my form, ensure my technique was sound and prevent all of those injuries from occurring. However they were all great learning experiences., so I don’t regret anything in any way.
Since this time I have learned under many gurus, both in Melbourne and abroad, who follow best practice and have had the multiple decades of experience required to know what works. I am also studying towards my Masters of Exercise Physiology to continue learning as much as I can about the human body and how it functions. I’ve undergone several internships to see first hand what best practice is when it comes to elite sports and how these principles can be applied to the general population. And on top of this, I’ve completed 270 hours of Yoga teacher training which has provided a really effective, yet unique balance and perspective.
Having a trainer, in my opinion, is this single best investment you can make in your body today.
You will save time, prevent injuries and add longevity to your physique in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Personal training doesn’t cost you money, it saves you money.
Personal training doesn’t cost you time, it buys you more time.
I can’t highly recommend enough, seeking out and working with an experienced and qualified personal trainer. If not long term, then at least for a handful of sessions to get those foundations built.
I hope you enjoyed today’s read.
And if you have any questions, please just let me know.
Have a great week