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I workout a few days a week with a friend that knows a lot about workouts and I take classes on other days. The club I belong to is constantly pushing personal training on me. Should I spend more money to have a trainer when I already workout with my friend and take classes?

Personal trainers are professionals in their field.  They generally have a college degree in some kind of exercise science or in kinesiology and many go on to specialize further in more specific fields like sports, nutrition, and specific age group training.  Along with their education, all of them carry certifications and keep them current.  They know exactly how the body works and what it takes to get in shape and keep in shape.  It’s great that you work out with a friend, however are they a qualified personal trainer?  You want someone that specializes in their field for whatever you are asking – think about it:

  • Would you want a personal trainer to sell your house? Or would you want a real estate agent to do it?
  • When you want a legal agreement written up, do you pay to have a lawyer do it? Or do you go to a friend that has no legal training to have it done for free?

My guess is you are a professional in your field and you want to be compensated for your knowledge and skills too.  You wouldn’t want someone to ask a friend that doesn’t have that skill to do something that is your specialty.

If you want better results from your workouts, pay a personal trainer to show you exercises and routines that will get you the specific results you want.  You are worth it! As a fitness instructor and personal trainer myself, I see friends that work out together and I know they mean well.  However, I cannot tell you how many times I see friends instructing friends with poor form, bad technique and outright dangerous routines.  This is because their friend may think they know what they are doing when in fact, they aren’t qualified or educated in the science of exercise.  This is also how a lot of workout and nutrition myths get started and perpetuate.  Since you and your friend enjoy working out together, inquire if a personal trainer will work with both of you.  That way the two of you can still work out together, plus you will receive expert coaching and tips. You can get the results you really want and you and your friend can share the cost.