Accountability. "Trainers come with built-in motivation," explains Judy Cassady (ACSM, AFFA certified). "Not only are you investing money in to your exercise program, but you're investing time as well." Jerome Davis (NASM, CPT, PES, CES certified) admits that even he, "the trainer, has a personal trainer for that very reason." Trainers can provide accountability because there is a human face that has expectations that you are showing up and working to your potential during your time together. For some, that accountability is what keeps them showing up and seeing results. "Some of my clients don't come in the gym unless they have an appointment," Davis says. "That is not what I like to hear, but quite often it can be the case. There's nothing like a standing appointment to get your butt in gear for a workout."
Education. Working with a good trainer provides you with the opportunity to learn something new after every interaction. Davis explains, "there are 168 hours in a week. Hopefully you get to see your client for 3 of them. What are they doing the other 165? Education is the key for the client." Jaye Evans ( BA, kinesiology, NASM, Cooper, AFFA, Yogafit and spinning certifications) agrees, "If you hire a good trainer they will have expertise in the areas or fields that you won't get from the internet; that you won't get from books; that you won't get from magazines. You will get that from the source."