11 Reasons Personal Trainers Are Better Than Fitness Apps

 

It’s amazing how many times I’ve heard about ways to save on personal training by buying videos or downloading apps.

“Why spend all of that money for a personal trainer?” a recent TV ad broadcast. “Personal trainers cost a bundle. Just buy our DVD, it comes with a personal consultation.” Other times, I’ve heard, “Training is too expensive, get a fitness app instead.”

 

Am I about to be replaced by a robot?

 

I do like fitness apps — I think they are great tools. I am all for anything that helps people get in shape and live healthy lifestyles.

 

In fact, I have used two of them: MyFitnessPal and Fooducate. I like Fooducate but honestly I only read the newsletter. I used MyFitnessPal for a while and liked it. The only reason I did not stick with it is because my phone at that time was too hard to type on. But two of my clients use MyFitnessPal and love it.

 

One thing that fitness apps can do that I can’t do is follow you around all day. I have to go home; a fitness app does not.

 

So why should you invest money on training with me or someone else instead of using a fitness app?

 

There are several reasons:

 

  • Trainers get the latest and most up-to-date information and relay it to YOU. I just found out two new facts that have changed in the last few months: Seniors benefit from eating more protein, and the caloric intake for nursing and pregnancy has gone down from 500 calories to 300 extra calories per day. Does your fitness app know this? These are just two examples of new information that comes out every day in the news or studies, which may take months to translate into an app interface.

 

  • Personal attention. Enough said. This just can’t happen with an app.

 

  • Apps arent specific to your needs. Apps cannot take into account food allergies, personal preferences, surgery, injuries, and other such issues. This is what part of what a trainer does.

 

  • Apps dont care. Developers care about making money. A good Personal trainer cares about you and your fitness needs.

 

  • Apps cant target weaknesses. I have a client who is in amazing shape. He does Iron Man competitions. Why does he need me? Because I targeted the two areas in his body that were weak: his rotator cuff and internal obliques. There is no way an app can get that specific and detailed. Only years of hands-on experience enabled me to find his weak areas.

 

  • Apps cant take into account how you are feeling on that day. Yesterday’s planned workout had to be changed due to the fact that my client was getting over a bad cold and felt a little weak. A session on Friday involved a client who hadn’t slept well and was too tired to work out. Both sessions required me to do some quick thinking on my feet. I did some resistance training while sitting with a stress relief and meditation session at the end. Is your app that flexible?

 

  • Apps cant get creative, and change it up. Creativity just can’t come from an app. Sure, you can look up different exercises on your own, but personal trainers are always looking for new, fun, creative ways to exercise. Part of what I consider to be my job is to make your workout as enjoyable and un-boring as possible. This means I check out all different techniques and bring them into my sessions.

 

  • Apps cant tell if you are over- or under trained. Today’s session with a client included a discussion about working out every day. This client was a little over trained. Her age injuries and doing the same workout every day was causing her body to release too much cortisol, a stress hormone. Her overzealous workout routine was actually keeping some body fat on. This does not happen to everyone who works out every day, but in this particular situation it did. Most people in the United States are under trained. They just do not get enough exercise. And I can see this right away when I meet with a client. An app can’t necessarily detect this.

 

  • Apps cant give you a manual stretch. This is the part of the session of my clients look forward to the most. When I tell them they worked hard and now it’s my turn to work hard. Finding all of the tight muscles in your body and getting rid of the tightness through a manual stretch is what a good trainer does.

 

10) Apps cant tell if you have reached a plateau. You need to change your workout routine every 6 to 8 weeks in order for you to get the most benefits out of it. Is it 6 weeks or 8? Did you have a setback in your routine such as an injury or illness or did you plateau at 9 weeks because you went away? Do you really love this routine and just want to add more reps for the next month? These type of subtleties can only come from a person.

 

11) Chances are you will only use an app for 6 months. That is the average time consumers stick with fitness apps. Apps can’t motivate you the way a person can.

 

Fitness apps are great tools — I even use them myself and so do my clients. But nothing beats the personal attention and custom-made, individual workouts a good trainer can give you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some information on egg labels.

Deciphering Egg Labels

Eggs are a nutrition powerhouse. They are a very affordable source of protein and nutrients. So eat eggs!

Once upon a time, you would go to the grocery store and purchase a dozen eggs. Today, things are more complicated, as there are many different labels on the carton. The labels refer to the living conditions of the hens and how they are fed. But they are very confusing. Some are outright marketing gimmicks. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Antibiotic-free, Medication-free – Unregulated term, can mean anything.
  • Cage-free – The hens “reside” inside large barns or warehouses. They are required to have outdoor access, but the amount, duration, and quality of outdoor access is undefined.
  • Certified Organic – “USDA certified organic” is a certain improvement over standard living conditions for hens. They are fed an organic, all-vegetarian diet free of antibiotics and pesticides. The hens are housed cage-free in large barns, and may or may not see the outdoors. They may be de-beaked (to prevent pecking their peers), and starved (to induce molting, which leads to more egg production).
  • Farm Fresh – meaningless.
  • Fertile – The hens were living with roosters, which means they were likely cage-free.
  • Free-range or Free-roaming – This is an unregulated term, but generally implies that the hens are not in cages, reside in a barn and have access to the outdoors. The extent of outdoor access is not defined.
  • Hormone-free – Marketing gimmick. Hens never get treated with hormones.
  • Natural, All Natural – this is a meaningless marketing term.
  • Omega-3 enriched – the hens were fed either fish oil or flaxseed. You get the omega-3 second hand. Omega-3 eggs are unregulated, so you won’t necessarily know how much and what type of omega-3 you’re actually getting.
  • Pasture-raised – Unregulated term, but usually means that the hen spends the majority of the year outdoors engaging in natural activities such as foraging. Debeaking and starvation are still allowed.
  • Pasteurized – the eggs were heated to about 110 degrees Fahrenheit for half an hour or longer in order to pasteurize them. There is no regulation of this term.
  • United Egg Producers Certified – meaningless.
  • Vegetarian-fed – no animal byproducts in feed. Keep in mind that chickens are omnivores, and will eat bugs, mice, and any other animal small enough for them to peck and swallow.

Beyond organic, there are several third party certification systems that you may encounter in specialty shops or farmer markets:

  • Animal Welfare Approved – flocks can be no greater than 500 hens. The hens are housed cage-free and must have continuous access to outdoor vegetation. Debeaking and starvation are prohibited, and the feed provided is vegetarian.
  • American Humane Certified – there are 4 levels of certification. Colony cages – larger cages than standard, but still tiny. Cage-free – hens are housed in large barns and no outdoor access is required. Free range – outdoor access is required, but no duration is specified. Pastured – Outdoor access with substantial vegetation for each hen.
  • Certified Humane – Divided to three levels. Regular: hens are cage-free, starvation is prohibited, but debeaking is allowed. Free Range: at least 6 hours of sunlight required daily, but it can be without any vegetation. The highest level is Pasture-raised and requires at least 6 hours a day of pasture access – the hens eat off the land, not just feed.
  • Food Alliance Certified – cage-free hens and access to outdoors for at least 8 hours a day. Debeaking is allowed but starvation is not.
Bottom Line
Now that you know what the labels mean, choose the eggs that work within your values and pocketbook.