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The main reason people purchase personal training sessions is accountability. This was one of the first and best lessons I’ve learned in over a decade of training experience. As much as we have needs and goals to achieve, it can be hard to facilitate those goals into action. Here enters personal training. 

Your personal trainer will hold you accountable to your health and fitness goals. It can be hard to get yourself out of bed, pack up the gym bag, drive to the gym, workout for an hour, shower, drive to work. To do this on a daily basis 3-5 days per week.... forever. Motivation is needed definitely, but having an appointment helps a lot in your success.

First, you’re going to show up. You’ve paid for this. Of course you are going to show up. No matter what the person who has set  appointments every Monday, Wednesday, Friday will achieve a drastic better result then the person who is waiting for Devine motivation to be bestowed upon them. So just knowing you’ve committed to your health by hiring professional is a huge first step in accountability as well as a huge motivating factor. 

Next you’ll need to be held accountable to your form. Shoulders back, chest up, brace the core. It’s hard to keep myself accountable to all of these things at once. Especially if I’m first learning about a new exercise or movement pattern. Working with a trainer will help you keep accountable to your movement and posture  which are both essential to achieving optimal results. 

You need to be accountable to a plan. Fitness is a constant progression. There is not one single perfect workout that will help you achieve optimal fitness and continued results. You need to constantly progress your movement choice, intensity, volume, tempo etc. A good personal trainer is holding you accountable to a complete fitness program. 

Leading you on a journey towards correcting your imbalances, improving strength, posture and mobility. A personal trainer is holding you accountable to staying on the program, answering your questions, improving lifestyle factors and leading you towards your goals. Having someone hold you accountable to a plan will lead you to long term and ongoing success.

I hold my clients accountable as much as they want to be. 24/7 texting support, personalized programs designed around their needs and goals, nutrition education, extra mobility work etc. The more the client is interested the more I do to help them. Fitness is not a linear journey, but having a trainer helps it travel on an efficient and straighter path. The journey starts with accountability.  As much as I hold my clients accountable to themselves, I hold myself  accountable to them. Ensuring safe, efficient and effective workouts. 

If you need help with motivation, guidance or accountability reach out to me. I would be happy to discuss strategies you could implement that would lead to better health, fitness and quality of life.

Dave Trought