Exercising & adhering to a regular training plan is not for those who just want to lose weight. The need to be fitter, more able with better performance is often though participation is sport or a regular sporting activity. While generic training has it's benefits and to some degree might benefit anyone, training specific for the activity or sport you regularly undertake or compete in will bring about better performance and reduce the risk of injury.
Personal Trainers are trained in creating training plans with the wealth of exercise knowledge to build effective and specific training programmes that reflect sport specific movements, from the warm up to training muscles to fire in a certain order with maximum performance, to get the most out of your training you need to get specific.
Specific Training = Better Results
Training is good, sport specific training is better
If you participate in sport, an adventures activity or something you enjoy doing on a regular basis (such as running) you might already be going to the gym and exercising to increase your fitness levels, that's great and quite often I'd say anything is better than nothing but not always in this case. Training specifically towards your sport or activity will not only have huge performance benefits it, will reduce the risk of injury and improve enjoyment through better aerobic ability.
A classic example is a footballer, bench pressing and running a few miles on the treadmill might seem like a good workout but that's not exactly the type of movement patterns a footballer will undergo during a game. Football players usually perform sudden short hard bouts of aerobic exercise through sprints with quick changes in direction. Their legs and balance are key enabling this kind of activity and training must reflect this with short hard interval training, reaction based movement though all directions and the ability for the knee to take high and sudden loads combined with core conditioning training for excellent balance.
A personal trainer will provide exercises with similar movement patterns required for your sport, training muscle memory while increasing performance through this exercise action. Another good example would be a kayaker, I mention this example as I am a kayaking coach and I know the movement patterns well plus they are quite unique to the sport. A kayaker users high amounts of rotation type exercise which is powered not by the arms but by the trunk and legs, arms are merely levers controlled by the much stronger torso. Wrist strength and mobility is important with paddle actions controlled though slight movements of the paddle blade.
A programme for a kayaker would focus on rotation movement to engage the transverse abdominus and oblique muscles with balance & stability training, push & pull movements for the arms & chest and upper body aerobic activity such as upper body cycling type machine & rowing.
Get the programme that's right for you
A sports person has specific goals and planning towards them is vital if you are to avoid injury and increase performance, if you can't afford a personal trainer you can get a training plan with online personal training, extremely affordable and perfect if you are already training, have some or all the equipment you need and only need the expert help of a trainer to build and maintain a training plan for you while monitoring your progress.