I love learning and I LOVE research. I read scientific journals and textbooks for fun! Lo and behold, research confirms the need for professional help to reach fitness goals. One study looked at the effects of training with supervision/instruction (i.e., a “qualified” trainer) versus “advice”. There were two groups of participants:
- Group one met a trainer twice a week for 4 months (as a group).
- Group two received basic advice to increase physical activity and access to a fully equipped gym (any exercise they did was unsupervised).
The group with supervision lost almost 10 pounds more over the 4-month period: Total fat loss of 13.4 pounds in the supervised group, and only 3.7 pounds in the unsupervised, advice-only group.
It is pretty clear: If you are SERIOUS about getting rapid and lasting results then you NEED to hire an educated and experienced fitness professional. You need someone who will provide you with the knowledge, motivation, and confidence you need in order to attain your goals, change your body, and transform your life. And most importantly, they will ensure that you are exercising in a safe and effective manner.
I suggest not wasting your time and money trying to do it yourself with books, DVDs, and whatever your Facebook friends happened to be talking about today – unless of course that friend is me! Ha! Invest in yourself and invest wisely. If you are not sure how I feel, read about personal trainers and registered dietitians.
Are you doing it yourself?
Are you getting the desired results?
If not, what are you waiting for…?
Nicolaï SP, Kruidenier LM, Leffers P, Hardeman R, Hidding A, Teijink JA. Supervised exercise versus non-supervised exercise for reducing weight in obese adults. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2009 Mar; 49(1):85-90.