I CAN (1)Personal trainers aren’t cheap. They work their clients hard and their clients walk around with some sore, aching muscles. People pay for this pain.

Who actually hires a trainer?

  • Joe Blowingsmoke works a stressful, high-level job and eats out at restaurants most nights while entertaining his business clients. He might drink too much and smoke, but most certainly doesn’t take time to exercise. He wonders why he gets winded walking up stairs. He has money, but not much extra time.
  • Suzy Q gained weight after delivering her babies. She spent so much time taking care of kids, juggling a job and keeping up a house that there was no time for Suzy. She blew up like a balloon and weighed 50 pounds heavier than before she had kids. Her energy level was nil.
  • Larry Lonely found himself divorced and middle-aged. Back in the dating world, he found he might need a little hair color, a self-esteem boost and a new body. Money was tight after splitting the finances with the ex, but he had plenty of time to fill.
  • Carol Collegestar was naturally thin and had been a college athlete. She talked about her former athleticism a lot because she didn’t do anything else once she graduated. Work demands during the week and partying with friends on weekends took up her time. She had no time for the gym.
  • His sixtieth birthday arrived with chest pains that sent Johnny Applebelly to the hospital. Docs advised him to clean up his diet and to begin an exercise program.
    His health would depend on it.
  • Tessa Burnout exercises regularly, but has become bored with it. Gradually she has cut back on the number of days she hits the gym. Her workouts are getting shorter and she’s tired of taking the same exercise classes over and over.
  • Olive Officejockey spends her days sitting in front of her energy-sucking computer monitor. Sure, she rushes around chauffeuring kids and occasionally takes a walk around the block, but that’s about all the energy Olive has after her mental capacities are fried. She’s never had a weight problem, people always tell her how ‘fit’ she looks, but she knows better. She used to workout regularly. She knows that regular exercise will improve her energy levels and mental and physical health.

These are seven examples of people who could use a personal trainer. They each have different motivations for needing exercise. And each has an obstacle or two to overcome.

There isn’t one type of person who uses a trainer. While cost and time are involved, many will find that their health is worth the price. A trainer can help motivate a client for a successful fitness outcome.

So, if you recognize yourself in Joe, Suzy, Larry, Carol, Johnny, Tessa or Olive think about it. “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise, will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ~Edward Stanley

Kim Becknell Williams

Kim Becknell Williams is a freelance writer with more than ten years of personal training experience. Certified through NFPT, she is a Functional Training Specialist and holds a Master Trainer level certificate for resistance, endurance and sports nutrition. Kim has written two books including Gym Etiquette 101. She enjoys writing a variety of lifestyle articles and fitness blogs.