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Allow me to let you in on a little industry secret: all of the best trainers in the world…have Personal Trainers
Ye you heard right the best Personal Trainers have Trainers. And the people who design some of the best, most effective programs you’ve ever heard of…hire other people to design programs for them.
This goes for everyone from top-level bodybuilders and physique competitors to Olympic lifting specialists to powerlifters who hold world records.
Off the top of my head, I can drop 15 of the most recognisable names in the fitness industry, and tell you that each of these people has a Personal Trainer for one aspect of their program or another. And, off the top of my head, I could name another 15 who I would allow to help me.
Which brings me around to the main subject of this article.
I HAVE A PERSONAL TRAINER.
More often than not, this surprises people. The obvious question is, “why would an expert on Personal Training—who’s designed countless programs—hire someone else to train him?”
That question doesn’t just apply to me, of course. You might be wondering why any of the top Personal Trainers in the world—let alone all of them—would decide to hire other Personal Trainers.
You see, I’m of the mind that everyone can use a Personal Trainer; I believe everyone can benefit from Personal Trainers .
So. Let’s talk about why I hired one
I’m going to be honest here. Really and truly honest.
The answer was simple: Accountability especially as I am looking to compete at 50 years of age in 2016 .
My Personal Trainers’s name is Gary Mathewson of PT Revoution. The truth is, training with someone else’s programming brings the intensity to a whole new level. Not just because it’s good programming, but because someone else is doing the hard part: the thinking.
When I was designing my own workouts, I still had to think. And because I was splitting my attention between thinking and training, there was just no way I could focus 100% on training. Having someone else do the thinking really helped me focus on just showing up and executing.
I got to just focus on is training as hard as possible. Each minute, I’d just focus on this exercise, this set, this rep. In other words, I got to turn my brain off for an hour.
I’D JUST SHOW UP, DO AS I’M TOLD, AND WORK AS HARD AS I CAN.
This made all of my sessions more productive than they’d been in a very, very long time.
Now, of course, for me (or any fitness pro) this ONLY worked because I trust Gary implicitly. If I had just hired some random Personal Trainer, it might be harder to turn off my critical eye, and question or second-guess him at every turn; obviously things wouldn’t work out as well.
For non-fitness professionals, having a high level of belief in your coach is still imperative: if you don’t trust your coach, you can’t benefit maximally. Which is why you should hire someone elite, who has gotten results for people in your situation; the credibility lends itself to trust
All of which is to say that I believe everyone should have a Personal Trainer—at least at some point, even if it’s only for a short time.
No matter the industry or category, Trainers—and great Personal Trainers like Gary—have a way of bringing the best out of you and taking you to the next level.