I’m tidying my website and found this article I wrote for the Bangor Daily News in 2011. I wrote it after a fitness franchise banned trainers from its facilities. 

I considered deleting this but I have an even stronger belief that if you want to get fitter and stronger, you’ll benefit from occasional tune-ups with a good trainer.

Should you hire a personal trainer?

It definitely won’t hurt and it probably will help. You might not need long-term training, but when you’re lifting heavy weights or performing specific exercises, you’re challenging your body. You need to know how to do that correctly so you get stronger and fitter, not injured. This can be invaluable whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just starting your fitness journey.

I’m a trainer and I love working with other fitness pros to get stronger and better! They keep me honest and working to my potential. 🙂 

Bucking the trainer-as-friend trend

By Wendy Watkins, Special to the BDN

A while ago, making a big splash in the fitness industry, one of the bigger gym chains decided to ban personal training.The CEO said trainers were basically “rent-a-friends” for clients.

I’m a personal trainer and I admit it: Sometimes I have to nudge a few of my clients to chat less and exercise more during our sessions. Some talking is important because it helps the trainer judge how hard the client is working, plus we get to understand the stress-causing factors in a client’s life that might be affecting their bodies. But trainers are there to help clients safely challenge their physical limits, not to be a therapist or confidant.

Is one-on-one training really necessary? It depends.  (Click for the rest, which coincidentally explains how I ramped up some clients’ results …)