Gymtimidation No More: Five Reasons to Work with a Certified Personal Trainer

Written By Sherry and Penny Samuels

So, I’m guessing there’s a high probability that you’ve seen, likely more than once, a commercial (or 10) for that one gym that touts its anti gymtimidation policies. 

And maybe, just maybe, you’ve been inside of said gym long enough to catch a glimpse of one of the handy dandy signs posted throughout reminding members to keep all gymtimidation tendencies under control while getting one’s fitness on inside of those four walls. 

Now, I have to be honest, I am one of those people who, for most of my adulthood, found myself intimidated by the idea of walking into a gym and seeing throngs of fit (feel free to insert your definition of fit here) women and men throwing around those gym weapons…I mean dumbbells. And let’s not talk about those scary weight machines that have pictures meant to help you figure out proper usage, but don’t give me any inclination about whether to start with 20 pounds or 100. (NOTE: If you're new to the gym, no matter what your ego says, starting with 100 lbs is not a good me.)

I’ve had gym memberships, proudly attaching the little plastic tag to my keychainas a sign of my personal choice to submit, I mean commit to fit. Well, that is until I broke up with Gold’s 24 Hour Planet LA Gym Fitness. (You’ve been a member of that gym, right?)  

Many of us sign up for gym memberships, excited to get our fitness on (again, insert your definition here), only to let that excitement (and membership) become a distant memory because…

  • my bestie, Kelly, was supposed to join too! Where is she?
  • motivation just doesn’t live here anymore!
  • cookies! Are they serving cookies? What about bagels? 
  • decisions, decisions… Shall I watch Scandal or sweat it out in the gym? 
  • I just got my hair done and this new do is allergic to sweat! 
  • Insert other anti-workout reasoning here ____.

Yes. At some point or another, I have used one of those excuses. And yes, there have been times when I’ve used more than one at the same time. But, I will also admit that one thing that made a difference for me was choosing to work with, on a regular basis, a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). 

While some may say you don’t need to work with a CPT in order to get a great workout in and ultimately reach your personal fitness goals, Penny Samuels, the Chrysalid Transformations CPT shares several reasons why working with a CPT is a great investment.

Body Knowledge - A CPT knows the human body systems and, with that knowledge provides expertise on how and when to target particular body parts when working with weights and how to incorporate cardio and weights to get an optimal workout. A proper workout split is important as working any one muscle group too often can lead to injury. 

Decreasing the Risk of Injury - Living in a world where everything imaginable is a quick click away, we often turn to the internet to find a workout regimen. While convenient, this can be very dangerous as no one workout works for everyone. If you do not know how much weight to lift and/or how many sets to do, the likelihood of hurting oneself is greater. Additionally, a CPT who is clear on your goals will work with you to ensure you are staying in tune with your body throughout training sessions as this will further decrease likelihood of injury. 

Working at Full Capacity - When working out alone, you’re less likely to work to your full capacity. A CPT has the ability to push you more than you would naturally push yourself…especially during those moments when you want to give up. And the icing on the cake is that your trainer would be pushing you based on a clear understanding of your goals & medical history, your previous workout experiences and the body as a whole. This knowledge informs all parts of the workout, therefore helping ensure your success.  

Food Factors - Because meeting personal fitness goals is closely tied to nutrition, most CPTs are knowledgable with regard to nutrition. Creating healthy fitness habits depends so much on nutrition and your CPT is often able to point you in the right direction with regard to eating habits OR refer you to a Registered Dietician or Nutritionist who can help create a more-structured meal plan.

Knowledge is Confidence - Learning how to safely use the gym equipment to sculpt the body you desire will give you the confidence needed to approach the dumbbells (and everything else in the gym) with ease when you choose to workout without your trainer. 

Yes, choosing to work with a CPT is an investment on all levels (mental, emotional, physical and financial), but with great investment comes great reward. Choosing to invest [wisely] in yourself today can change your tomorrow for the better. If you’ve ever set goals for your physical fitness and given up out of frustration or simply because it was easier to come up with reasons in the “not to do category”, choose today to recommit to making life changes that will increase your health! 

To learn more about Penny Samuels click here or shoot her an email ( to set up your consultation call with her. 

NOTE:  It is always important to get medical clearance from your doctor prior to starting a workout regimen.