Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution, a post holiday guilt trip or a more holistic, all encompassing get healthy regime, we all need a little help with exercise sometimes. It can be difficult enough to simply tread on that ‘mill, let alone actually break into a run; and that’s where a personal trainer can come in. And nope, we’re not talking about the fat-shaming, uber-macho kind characterised on T.V and in Hollywood. We mean the motivational, caring, compassionate type who simply have your health and well being in mind. If that sounds your thing, then read on; our 5 IDEAL reasons to get a personal trainer.

THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE

These days you don’t have to be worth as much as Beyonce or Gwyneth Paltrow to afford a one-on-one workout.  Yep, today hiring a personal trainer is inexpensive and it’s not only Hollywood stars who seek professional help in getting fit. While a personal trainer in London can cost up to £150 an hour, the average range is somewhere between £40 to £60 a session. And if you can’t afford to see them once a week, many personal trainers will set you up with a program and book in a session every four to six weeks to see how you’ve progressed and give updated tips according to your every changing goals and needs. You can even get an online personal trainer who can provide a month-long training plan for the same cost as the average hour training session – bargain.

PROVIDE MOTIVATION

If you’re a sofa slacker by nature then you likely need someone to stand over you, to issue forth the diktat to work out. And even if you’re extremely motivated and prefer to do things independently, a PT will be able to push you harder than you’ll ever be able to push yourself.  Working with one will help you make the progress that you wouldn’t make working out alone.

ESPECIALLY HELPFUL IF YOU’RE NEW TO FITNESS

Even though seasoned gym bunnies often have personal trainers so they can meet very specific goals, the time you need a personal trainer most is when you’re new to exercise. PT’s can show you how to get started and comfortable properly, reducing the risk of injury and getting the most of each and every rep.

PERSONALISED TO YOUR NEEDS

Sure, everyone knows that a few bicep curls and bench presses may make you a little more stacked, or a spin on the bike could shed some pounds. But everyone’s body is different, as well as their fitness levels, and as such, we all require different regimes to hit our body targets. Personal trainers have a wealth of knowledge at their disposal to help with this, and can completely personalise workouts to suit your needs; whether you want to lose shape, get in shape, gain muscle or lose muscle. Once you’ve told them what you want to do, the personal trainer will make a plan of attack pointing towards your ultimate goals, including extra-curricular elements like diet and sleep planning

THEY WILL HELP YOU CHANGE

…While a personal trainer will always work towards achieving the outcome you want inside the gym, the good ones will go above and beyond to help you out in all walks (shouldn’t that be jogs?) of life. A PT will work on fixing your behaviours, educate you and give advice on picking up better habits.  The role of a personal trainer is to provide you with the right skills so you can do ‘it’ for yourself, whatever that it might be. So while on the face it, you’re paying for a 12 week personal training plan, your actually investing in a healthier, happier life.

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.