Elliott Speed: Should I have a Personal Trainer?

By Elliott Speed

In a modern day society staying healthy can be a difficult task: there can be so many distractions as well as a lack of knowledge about what a person should be doing and when to do it.

Going to a gym can often be an intimidating experience for many, and for those who do not go to a gym regularly, to get up and decide to make a positive change in your life takes a lot of self motivation.

Benefits of PT

However, this is often not enough. The idea of going to the gym can often be as far as it gets – timings are not right, you can’t fit it in, feeling of stress from work, lack of knowledge on what to do in the gym and many more.

This is where hiring a personal trainer can really help, the majority of people to do not know how to exercise efficiently. A personal trainer should make sure that every exercise being performed is done so correctly and should be making sure that the muscles being used are constantly contracting throughout the movement.

However, Personal Training is much more than teaching a person how to exercise, motivation is key. A Trainer should always be able to motivate you whether it be to reach your goals or make a lifestyle change.

If you are not being motivated then maybe that trainer is not suited to you and your goals. This doesn’t mean they are a bad PT – it is important to acknowledge that all trainers have something different to offer you and it can often be a case of trial and error in order to find the best person suited to you.

Elliott blogThe relationship between a trainer and their client is vital to achieve results. The journey of transforming your body is a difficult one, training hurts & dieting is hard, despite this there is no better feeling than seeing results! Having a trainer to push you through the difficult times as well as making you train consistently will ensure results.

Your results should be constantly monitored to make sure you stay on track with your goals whether it’s body fat measurements or progress photos. Before you know it your training is part of your routine and your results become an addiction!


Are you ready for 2016? A new chapter & a new contributor coming up!

Over the past 6 months I have tried to use this blog as a platform to educate and inspire. Many people have asked the why’s and how’s of healthy living and since I enjoy reading about wellbeing I gathered information and brought to you what in my opinion was key for successfully managing your health.

There have been ups & downs, quiet periods (when life gets too busy) and active periods (when blogging once a week just wasn’t enough). There have been changes in the look and feel and format of the blog.

And yet there are more changes on the way! I’m working on rebranding the blog for next year and adding some more cool visuals. But we don’t have to wait for 2016 to see some exciting new things on Inspired by Miranda.


As the date has been set for my first ever fitness model competition (26th March in case you were wondering), you can expect to see more stories from my journey to the stage – the workouts, the foods, the mental prep.

And what better way to learn about fitness competing than giving you an insight from someone with a lot of experience (and I’m talking about 11 years of personal training) and knowledge – my own coach!

Please join me in welcoming our new contributor – Adrianna McDonald.

See Adrianna in action on her Facebook page here

Adrianna is the perfect embodiment of what this blog stands for: with two kids and an impressive 7 competitions under her belt she knows what dedication, inspiration and empowerment stand for.

Here’s a little bit of her story:

I have always been involved in fitness […]. However, after the birth of my second child and moving swiftly through my 30’s I actually felt a void in achievement. Those around me had their weekly passions – cycling, running, golf, etc., but physical perfection appealed to me the most, purely because of the discipline you got to have.

I did not just want to be another Personal Trainer setting client goals – I wanted to set my own goals through body sculpture especially after having the bodily challenges of childbirth. I wanted to get my body in the best shape possible through what I love doing so I went down the path of actively training to compete.

Those first focused training sessions started 3 years ago. There may not have been blood, but with plenty of sweat and tears I have achieved more that I first thought possible.

Now that is truly a person who lives by the motto: “No excuses!”


I am truly very happy and excited to have Adrianna on board and you can expect to read some of her posts soon!