Do I Need a Personal Trainer to Build Muscle?

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Deciding it’s time to make a change in your lifestyle can be a daunting feat. Where do you start? How often should you work out? How can you achieve your weight and muscle goals? If you find yourself asking these types of questions, then hiring a certified personal trainer could be a great idea to kickstart your journey. 

There is endless information about body mechanics, nutrition, and how to train in the gym properly , and how they relate to your ability to gain muscle. In this article, we’ll talk about some great reasons why hiring a trainer would be in your best interest if your fitness goals include building muscle.

Do I Need a Trainer to Build Muscle?

The short answer is no, not necessarily. Having a personal trainer won’t automatically make you put on muscle. Your commitment and dedication are crucial for making any significant changes in your body composition. But a certified trainer can be your guide and cheer squad along the way. 

If you’re new to the gym, we highly recommend hiring a trainer. Many factors go into building muscle, and it can be difficult and confusing when you’re starting on your own with little knowledge. When you have a personal trainer assisting you in the gym, you’ll be able to achieve your gains goals with more success.

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How Is Muscle Built?

During a workout, you make small tears in your muscles when you put them under stress. Muscles are built during the repair process of these tiny muscle fibres in the following days of your workout. The soreness you feel a day or two after, called Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), results from those tiny tears healing. As the muscle repairs itself, it lays new fibres down. Then your muscle slowly increases in size and strength as it adapts to the further stress you put it through. 

Aside from the physiological explanation for building muscle, two imperative factors contribute to muscle growth: nutrition and sleep. So let’s dive into these a bit deeper.

Nutrition & Eating Habits

You can’t achieve building gains by only lifting heavy weights and creating microtears in your muscle fibres. You also need to fuel your body correctly so your muscles can strengthen and grow. 

You probably already know what we’re going to tell you: You need protein to build muscle. But it’s not as simple as adding more protein to your diet. Each person has a different body composition and will require a unique diet plan suited for their goals. Figuring this out alone can be overwhelming, which is why we include nutritional guidance in all our exercise programs at EverFlex

Adequate Sleep

This comes as no surprise, but we could all use the constant reminder — recovery is crucial for building muscle mass. Yes, this includes rest days according to your training plan, but we’re also talking about getting sufficient restful sleep. Getting around 8 hours of quality sleep per night has been associated with greater muscle strength

Our personal trainers consider fitness holistically, so don’t be surprised when we ask you about your sleeping habits, even if your only goal is to gain muscle mass.

Push Past Your Plateau

You may notice when you enter the gym as a beginner, you’ll see a lot of results within the first few months, and then you start to plateau. This means your body has gotten used to what you’ve been doing at the gym and it has adapted to its new normal. This could be a good time to introduce a personal trainer to help you push past that plateau and keep your goals in check. 

No matter what your goal is, we have trainers with much expertise at Everflex, so if you’re just starting out at the gym or you’re looking to compete in a bodybuilding show, we are able to help you reach those goals and teach you what need to know to surpass your fitness and wellness goals. 

Although our trainers at Everflex are some of the best, we can only push you so hard. We can create a customized program for you and help you with nutrition, sleep, and stress management. But at the end of the day, you must put in the work — that’s how you’ll see results. 

Let Us Help You Get Your Gains

Many factors go into the process of building muscle, and that’s where personal training can come in handy. The personal trainers at Everflex are educated and knowledgeable about health and wellness, and we’re eager to help our clients crush their goals. We can guide you through all the steps required for muscle building, regardless of whether you’re a beginner or advanced athlete. Get in touch with one of our personal trainers today!

Sophia Berkhold

Personal Trainer

Sophia Berkhold

Sophia trains her clients holistically, recognizing that all the systems are connected. She’s especially interested in how nutrition and fitness go hand-in-hand. Both of these factors must be considered when trying to improve overall health and quality of life. When you train with Sophia, the focus will be on sustainable fitness habits and longevity. She believes that the reason to work out is to increase your quality of life and be able to move without pain for a long, long time — it should never be something you hate. Work with Sophia to discover creative ways to move your body, which is essential for mental and physical health.

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