Although making the decision to get fit may be the hardest one to make, it’s the fitness budget (one that will ensure you get the results you are looking to achieve) that sets the stage for your long term success. As much as we wish our bank accounts were filled to the brim, the reality is that bills keep piling up and we are forced to spend our pennies wisely. In a “do-it-yourself” world, where you can attempt to do the job of trained professionals for a fraction of the cost, you might save some money but you’re in for an uphill climb. Like all other do-it-yourself scenarios, the less you spend … the more time and effort you need to invest to get the job done (not including the actual exercise needed to get fit). The reverse is true for those who can invest in certified fitness professionals. All they need to do is show up to their sessions and work hard because the personal trainer does all the rest. To help you determine which direction is best for you, we’ve developed the “PRO’s vs. JOE’s (and Jane’s)” infographic to compare “do-it-yourself” fitness programs versus working with a personal trainer.
“Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) Workouts
According to Wikipedia, “do-it-yourself” (DIY) is the method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals. A DIY (“do-it-yourself”) workout is a structured session of vigorous physical exercise or training that is done without the help of a personal trainer or fitness instructor.
NOTE: Individuals who are not familiar with fitness training (i.e., resistance training, group fitness classes, instructor-led bootcamp/CrossFit classes) should seek the guidance of a certified fitness professional to ensure they have basic fitness terminology required to participate in DIY workouts and programs.
DIY Workouts – Pros and Cons
- Is a fraction of the cost of a personal training session (or no cost at all)
- Gym membership is NOT required
- Workouts can be done whenever and wherever it is convenient for you
- You get to choose the exercises and workouts (which can be more enjoyable and rewarding)
- Requires basic fitness terminology and experience to be effective at achieving results
- Required adequate space and equipment in the home to accommodate the workouts (if you don’t have a membership to a gym)
- It is more difficult to remain motivated on your own
- There are little to no accountability measures
- It may be more difficult to objectively measure one’s progress
- Success relies heavily on self-motivation and dedication to the program
DIY Workout Websites
Below is a list of websites that offer exercise resources and complete workout routines.
NOTE: For more information on these websites, click here.
DIY Workout Mobile Apps
Below is a list of mobile apps that offer exercise resources and complete workout routines.
NOTE: For more information on these websites, click here.
DIY Workout Equipment (Recommendations)
- Chin up bar
- Dumbbells (use image of Bowflex SelectTech)
- Fitness mat/yoga mat
- Resistance bands/tubing
- Skipping rope
- Squat rack
- TRX Suspension Trainer
- Workout bench
A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and enforcing accountability by each individual to these goals. The scope of practice for a personal trainer is to enhance the components of fitness for the general, healthy population. Personal training is the service personal trainers provide their clients. According to IDEAFitness.com, the average cost for personal training is $34 per session (range of $9 to $150).
NOTE: Personal training is best utilized by individuals who seek the guidance and expertise of a certified fitness professional to ensure safety and an effective learning experience. Personal training is also beneficial for individuals who require external motivation to get the most out of their workouts and/or require specialized programs for their unique needs (i.e., pre- and post-natal, sports performance, rehabilitation).
Personal Training – Pros and Cons
- Does not require basic fitness terminology or experience to be effective at achieving results
- A personal trainer designs and develops all workouts for you
- It forces the client to be accountable to their workouts
- A personal trainer can effectively measure and evaluate progress along the way (i.e., body fat measurements, fitness testing)
- No need to buy your own equipment and/or accessories
- You receive guidance, motivation, and supervision with each workout session
- The cost of a personal trainer averages $34 per session (sessions must be paid in full, regardless of whether you show up or not)
- May require the purchase of a gym membership in addition to personal training (the majority of personal trainers function out of a gym or personal training studio)
- If the personal trainer works out of a facility (i.e., gym or personal training studio), you need to travel to their location for your session
- Success heavily relies on the relationship between personal trainer and client
- If either is late, or doesn’t show up at all, it is a show of disrespect (which can change the working dynamic between the two)
What to Look for in a Personal Trainer
- Are currently certified (and in good standing)
- Are good listeners and observers
- Are good communicators
- Are honest and humble
- Show the utmost respect (to you and others)
- Continue learning and growing to improve their skill set
NOTE: For more information on how to qualify the right personal trainer, click here.
Where to Find a Personal Trainer
- www.acefitness.org (Find an ACE Certified Fitness Professional)
- www.ideafit.com (IDEA Fitness Connect)
- www.acsm.org (ACSM Pro Finder)
- www.nsca.com (Find a Certified Trainer)
There is no “right or wrong” answer regarding which is the better overall choice for everyone. Hopefully the information provided in this infographic gives you an objective comparison between the two to determine the best option for you moving forward. Regardless, if you are consistent with your exercise and truly commit to your goals, you really can’t go wrong! Good luck!
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