Apr 6, 2017 nellozak_nicom

Is personal training for me?

We live in a country where we are fortunate enough to have wonderful weather and landscapes. It’s easy to go on a cycle or a jog and just enjoy being active.  There are many gyms to choose from and being sporty is a part of the South African lifestyle.  So, with all this abundance of active opportunities around us, can people really benefit from a personal trainer?

The simple answer is, hell yeah!

I can talk about this subject all day, and make a very long list. But to make it easy, here are my TOP 5 CONCRETE REASONS PERSONAL TRAINING CAN HELP YOU!


One of the top reasons to get the help and guidance from a personal trainer is to maximise your benefits, with minimum time & risks.  Like many things in life, there is a wrong, right and smart way. With our busy lives and ever decreasing free time, it has become even more important to consider how to best spend our time – that includes the gym.


Knowing what exercise to do for your specific goal, and how to do it can make all the difference. This educational aspect to personal training is essential to reducing risk of injury as well.

The fitness industry is an incredibly dynamic and ever evolving industry, with new techniques and research constantly being published.  Personal trainers keep up to speed with the latest strategies and approaches.


Each person is different in terms of abilities, fitness levels, goals, requirements & injuries etc.  With the help of a personal trainer, you will be able to get the program and guidance you need to do the best to your unique abilities to reach your set goals.


One of the things most people have the wrong idea about, is how fast a fitness transformation can happen.  Many people want instant results, and then get discouraged and backslide when the impact cannot be seen as quickly as they thought it would happen.  Personal Trainers will help set realistic and achievable goals, and also help put the milestones in place to get you there.  Working with many different types of people, and bodies, at different fitness levels, gives personal trainers a realistic sense of what is achievable at different effort levels.

Consistency contributes tremendously to reaching your goals. Having a set appointment, with clear objectives and instruction, is a sure way to ensure you show up for your training every time over a long period of time!


Training is hard work. It’s a commitment.  A personal trainer needs to understand how to motivate each client, and get them to their destination.  But in order to keep people motivated and coming back for more, exercise also needs to be fun and varied.

Smashing goals or doing something you never thought possible is incredibly exhilarating, and addictive. This is why, as a personal trainer, I know I have to keep pushing clients just that little bit extra each time.

All in all, if you are serious about reaching your fitness goal, getting professional help is the smart choice.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about personal training, and to find out whether its right for you.


Nico Mentz is a personal trainer and fitness professional in Fourways, Sandton.

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