To PT or not to PT, that is the Question

Updated: Jan 1

Personal training can seem expensive or intimidating. Some people think that they devote enough time to their particular preferred form of exercise and therefore personal training doesn't seem all that necessary. We think it is necessary and we have consulted with Jacqui Barrett, a personal trainer from Fitbodz by Jax, to tell you why.

Motivation & Accountability

It doesn't matter how much you love the sport that you are involved with, some days when you are training you just don't feel it/know you could be doing better. Having a regular session with a personal trainer can keep you on track and making the most out of your workouts. There is also less chance you will skip training days, or particular parts of training you dislike.

Up to date fitness knowledge & flexibility of your workout plan

Unless you are in a fitness/health related industry the chances are that you don't spend hours each week/month/year keeping up to date with the latest research and knowledge regarding your training. A personal trainer does. It makes sense that you would put your training in the hands of an expert armed with this knowledge.

Due to their knowledge of research, your biomechanics and fitness goals, your personal trainer is in a position to give you a personalised schedule for training. This personalisation is not only going to be flexible enough to work in with your lifestyle, it is going to help you to achieve your goals in a more efficient way.

Better results

Once your personal trainer has worked with you they will get a sense of where your limits are. A personal trainer will be able to safely push you beyond what you think you are capable of. It is this external motivation that really helps individuals achieve goals faster and get to know their bodies better, to achieve better results. This is particularly beneficial if you are time poor and need to find precious time to complete training - it ensures that the training time you have is quality and productive.

Goal assessment and targets

A personal trainer is in a position to assess your goals and give you professional advice about whether these goals are realistic, how to achieve them in a particular timeframe, injury prevention and how to stay on track.

Flexibility with approach

People are different and therefore will need to be trained in different ways. Not everyone will want someone to be high energy or no nonsense. A personal trainer will be able to adapt their approach so that you feel comfortable. Oftentimes, personal trainers will conduct sessions with small groups as well as one-on-one sessions so you will also be able to decide whether you want to train in a group or individual environment.

If you are still on the fence about whether a personal trainer would be beneficial to your desires goals or results why not try one out that specialises in your focus areas?

We spoke to Jacqui Barrett about her passion and specialisation in personal training. Jacqui stated that her passion is "empowering women to feel good about themselves. I am a female only trainer and mainly work with mums ... [who] put everything else before themselves ... I offer a friendly, relaxed environment, free of judgement where women can workout and feel supported without the pressure of a “gym” environment."

Jacqui also runs bootcamp style, small group sessions with women that are "child friendly and affordable. It’s more of a personalised experience, people become part of my little bootcamp family and we look out for each other. Amazing friendships have been formed through my time as a PT not only with my clients but my clients have formed friendships with each other."

If you are a female local to Western Australia, particularly South of the river who is looking for a supportive and friendly personal training experience, you can contact Jacqui Barrett at Fitbodz by Jax on Facebook to enquire about personal training or bootcamp style sessions to achieve your fitness goals.