I don’t have anything against personal training or personal trainers.
Having said that, I think ultimately you are the one who will eventually find your own ideal routine. Even the goal of my site is to give out guidelines and “tweaks”, so that you can find the routine that works best for you.
I am always hesitant to give out exact routines, because copying something that works for me 100% isn’t something that will be best for any other person.
[Overdue for a good black and white picture. This one reminds me of “The Haunting”, a 1963 black and white horror film where an evil mansion traps all of its guests. For some reason, I find old black and white horror movies scarier than modern day films.]
Personal Training Has Its Place In the Short Term
There are tons of knowledgeable people who can cut down your learning curve by hearing their wisdom. This is true in any endeavor, not just getting in shape.
There comes a point when the “student must become the teacher” to reach the highest level. No matter what the skill… business, sports, racing, cooking, etc…the people who are super-achievers build upon a skill set taught by their teacher.
You Can Become Your Own Best Personal Trainer
Over time you will test and tweak different exercises, different combination of exercises, different tempos of lifts, etc. A personal trainer who has spent 20 years training hundreds of people will have valuable advice, but someone who has spent years learning what works for them will come up with a better routine.
The key to becoming better than even the best personal trainer is to constantly test and tweak.
High Achievers are Always in Learning Mode
The key to coming up with your ideal routine is to constantly test and improve upon what is working for you. So…really you will never have the perfect routine because you are constantly improving.
Personal training is a great way to test other methods, but most likely you will implement some of what you learn into your current routine that is working for you.
Find Something That Gets Results, Then “Test” One Variable
I like to take a scientific and systematic approach to getting fit.
The best way to see if something gets results is to test one variable at a time and give it enough time. If you change more than one thing at a time, you really can’t pinpoint the variable that caused the desired effect.
Over time, you will work your way towards an incredible routine…keeping what works and dropping methods that don’t. Can you imagine what type of results you will get with 20+ years of testing and tracking?
Study Many Methods, Then Test Things That Make Sense
What “makes sense” to some, won’t make sense to everyone. For example, I like to do HIIT on a treadmill and others would rather do kettle-bell swings to get the same HGH producing interval-style workout.
I have a pre-existing back injury and when I tried doing kettle-bell swings 10 years ago, it gave me a terrible burning sensation down my right leg.
So, no matter how effective this exercise is for some it doesn’t make sense for me to do this at all.
Beware of People Who Claim to Know Everything
I am the first person to say that there are many, many ways to get fit. I promote methodologies that I believe will help many people get slim and defined. I was hoping from day-one that people will just study all of the tips and test and track for themselves.
I have been working out consistently for 20+ years and have stayed lean most of that time, but I’m absorbing info and learning every day. The people who I learn from are also people who are in constant “learning mode”.
One of The Benefits of Getting Older
At some point you will understand exactly how your body reacts to exercise and you will get in the best shape of your life. At this point, every little tweak will make less and less impact on your appearance.
The fun part now is to see if you can stay just as fit with less time devoted to training. Time is our most valuable resource, so freeing-up more of it is always a good thing! Start testing “time variables”, like working out one less day per week, dropping an exercise, doing more in less time, etc.
The perfect routine to me is time efficient…anyone can get in amazing shape if they train 6-7 times per week.
Note: The point of this article isn’t to put down personal trainers. I know many are doing a valuable service and helping people get fit and healthy.