Take It Personally: The Benefits of Training With A PT

In a recent survey, Runners World Magazine discovered that 47 percent more people have hired personal trainers and nutritionists since this time last year. That’s a big increase, considering most of that year we have been in one form of lockdown or another.

Personal trainers enjoy one of the closest client relationships in any industry; the chances are they see each client for at least an hour every week. It’s that close, involved contact that gets the results is why more and more of us are seeking out the services of a PT.

We spoke with local PT, Kat Parnell, about the benefits to the individual of personal training: “It’s all about having someone to hold you to account. You become part of a team of like-minded people that encourage whatever goal you have set. It means you always have a safety net to rebound back off if the weight of an obstacle feels too heavy. It’s more than
just showing you how to lift the weight from A to B or how to put one foot in front of the other.

“It begins and ends in the mind and having a PT will help you understand that you can go fast on your own but you can go
further with them, conditioning an educated response in you that you wouldn’t get to on your own. I’m forever striving to give my clients the best, through continually upping my own physical and mental game to adapt to whatever gets thrown
my way, always learning and maintaining a groundwork that thrives on nothing but optimal performance.”

So how much does a PT cost?

In areas like London, personal trainers can charge up to £200 for a one-to-one session depending on experience, whereas outside the capital some can charge as little as £15 per hour. As a rule of thumb, the average amount a personal trainer in the UK will charge is around £30 an hour.

Kat Parnell is a degree qualified Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist who has worked amongst elite professionals including Ipswich Town Football Club, Colchester United Football Club, athletes and triathletes.

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