Even if you haven’t read the science that shows the compelling evidence of the many health benefits of an active lifestyle, you know exercise is good for you.
Still, the average person doesn’t exercise enough, though it’s usually not for lack of trying. Since Jane Fonda’s 1982 exercise video, on-demand training has grown by leaps and bounds.
The problem with on-demand training is that, while it is convenient, it doesn’t get at the core issue. When you fail to exercise enough, or at all, the problem to fix is your behavior, not your lack of exercise equipment or fitness videos.
The Allure of On-Demand Training
The false promise of on-demand training is that if you just buy this exercise equipment, you’ll get fit. It sounds attractive, especially when your excuse for not getting active is a lack of time or the inconvenience of going to the gym.
The problem is, it’s not a lack of time or convenience that’s stopping you. It’s your inability to change your habits and make a conscious choice to carve out the time necessary to exercise. That’s why exercise equipment so often becomes nothing more than an expensive coat rack.
The good news is you don’t have to be a victim of your current habits. But you do need someone to help you change those habits. In short, you need a behavior-based solution, which a good personal trainer can provide.
How Personal Training Helps You Get (and Stay) Active
The best exercise plan in the world is useless if it’s not executed. That’s why smart personal trainers work with you to develop a plan that incorporates your scheduling constraints and personal preferences in addition to your fitness goals. That way, you have a sustainable blueprint for success.
But trainers provide much more than a documented plan. They also act as an accountability partner and coach, helping to keep you motivated and accountable when your desire starts to wane.
Also, personal trainers provide something on-demand training simply can’t: real-time feedback. When you’re working with a trainer, they can correct your form, tell you to add intensity, and more. Conversely, if you hurt yourself doing on-demand training, you’ll have to stop and you won’t have any idea how to avoid injury in the future.
The Psychology of Personal Training vs. On-Demand
There are two powerful psychological factors at play that make personal training so much more effective than on-demand.
The first has to do with the fact that people are more likely to consume a product if they’re aware of its cost.
With personal training, you pay for the service as you go. But with on-demand, you pay all at once. So when you buy an exercise bike, as time goes by, you’re less likely to use it. The reason for this is that the longer time passes since you paid for that bike, the less aware you are of the cost of that bike.
On the flip side, you’re more likely to actually use your personal training sessions because you pay as you go and you’re more aware of the cost.
The second interesting psychological advantage of personal training is the fact that, when you train with someone who you believe is physically superior to you, you’re more likely to have successful outcomes.
How to Get Active with a Personal Trainer Today
Clearly, if you want to get fit, personal training beats on-demand. And unlike an exercise bike, personal training won’t clutter up your house.
If you’re interested in finding a personal trainer to help you get fit, check out the Bright Fitness Marketplace. Just download the Bright App on the App Store or Google Play Store and you’ll have immediate access to the marketplace where you can browse potential trainers who provide all kinds of in-person and virtual personal training classes and sessions.