3 Common Myths About Personal Training

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by J. HUMENAY

3 Common Myths About Personal Training
Unlike peddling away for hours on an elliptical machine, giving the person next to you a run for their money on a treadmill, or developing a good sense of rear rash from spinning or rowing, HIIT training requires significantly more brain power (as well as physical effort). In fact, that’s one of biggest reasons many would-be-athletes let fear get the better of them and never set foot in a CrossFit box, much less attempt to figure out what all of those movements are referenced in Googled WODs. But with the right match of coach and client, the sky is the limit.

But what if you’re not new to the HIIT world? What if you get your rear in gear at a CrossFit box several times a week and can recite Fran and your times for her without a second thought? Surely you’d have no use for a trainer.

Myth #1: “It’s Too Expensive.”

No matter how great your class is, it’s still a class, and the coaches need to spread their attention wider than the person who has eyes on you.
Now, it’s true. Hiring the eyes of a professional to go one-on-one with you isn’t the least expensive option when it comes to training. That said, injuries are more expensive. Accidents are even more expensive. Getting into a bad habit with some of the CrossFit required lifts can not only be detrimental to your lifting capacity, but also your health. HIIT training is a serious sport and one of the biggest complaints and fears is of injury. While not all injuries can be prevented, having a set of eyes that will completely focus on form and pick out flaws to work on can be extremely helpful in avoiding injuries. Even with the best medical insurance on the planet, a serious injury can have long lasting effects beyond the gym floor. While “no pain, no gain” is true, not all pain is necessary. Avoiding injuries that could inhibit your ability to enjoy life is a worthy investment.

Coaches can also be very helpful in rehabbing an athlete from an injury or illness. The temptation is always to dive back in and push too hard. Sometimes it’s handy to have someone else holding the reins. No matter how great your class is, it’s still a class, and the coaches need to spread their attention wider than the person who has eyes on you. Most trainers also offer at least one free meet-and-greet type session where you can see if you are a good match. We always tend to find ways to work out funding for things that we see as invaluable to us. For athletes (budding or experienced), a good coach is platinum in the bank.

Myth #2: “All They Do Is Yell at You.”

Myth #2: "All They Do Is Yell at You."
Maybe you’ve watched The Biggest Loser one too many times, but most teachers don’t get anywhere with yelling — even if it’s a second grade teacher. Unless, of course, that’s the personality type you need.

Most valuable coaches and trainers are in the business because they are inspired to help people on some level. Find a trainer who wants to help you reach your goals.
Just like it’s valuable to have that second set of eyes on your form when lifting, it’s equally valuable to have that resource in your corner when you don’t think you have another round in you, or when you need to ask questions to clarify movement standards. The right coach is part educator, part personal cheering squad.

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