September, 2010 / Author:


Personal trainers are very trendy lately and it’s not uncommon to hear people talking about what their’s said or what a killer workout they had. But do you really need a personal trainer? Is it worth the investment or can you get the same benefits from joining a gym or reading a book? 

Anyone that is new to exercise or is returning to exercise after a long period of time should definitely consider getting at least a few personal training sessions. This will make your workout sessions safer and you’ll be less likely to hurt yourself. You’ll learn how to do the exercises properly right from the beginning. 

If you’re reaching for a specific goal like a marathon or climbing a mountain a personal trainer can teach you exercises that will train you for that specific event. You can make your exercise more effective when you have a goal in mind. Your personal trainer should be able to show you what machines will work the right muscles and they should be able to get you in top condition for your event. 

Finally, if you find yourself in one of those ruts where you have to force yourself to get out of bed and into your running shoes get a personal trainer. The motivation they can provide is an excellent way to get you moving. They can also show you ways to make your workouts new and exciting again. 

I recently had the experience of working with a personal trainer when I took part in the Winnipeg’s Biggest Loser contest. No, I didn’t win, but I did lost 17 pounds. and about 10 inches of unwanted fat. I’ve worked out in gyms, I’ve read fitness magazines, and now I’ve had a personal trainer. Having a personal trainer really helped motivate me to get my workouts in and to keep progressing but most of all, Corwin Materuk from Serratus Personal Training really taught me that there are many different ways to exercise. 

I learned that I love kettle bells and circuit training. These are things I may never have learned otherwise. As Corwin says, “A trainer can motivate you and take you to the next level.” The trainers at Serratus Personal Training gave me the advantage of their knowledge that will help me design my own routines and perform exercises safely – on my own. 

Is there a time when you can just join a gym and start working out? Certainly. If you have experience and know how to use the equipment you can join a gym and learn new things from a book or magazine. If you are motivated from within and know exactly why you are running on the treadmill for 45 minutes you likely don’t need a trainer. Books can be an excellent source of information if you are able to read and apply the instructions carefully but be careful to choose books written by people who have actual knowledge. But there are definitely times when a personal trainer is going to be the best way to get you to your goal. 

–Danielle Gibbings is a Winnipeg-based freelance writer. To comment on this or any other article in Outwords, write to 

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