How to maximize your personal training sessions
Many people think that once they hire a personal trainer that their bodies are automatically going to become fit. The truth is, hiring a personal trainer is only a fraction of what it takes to be fit. You’re going to have to do some things on your part to achieve maximum results. After all, a personal trainer does cost money and you want to make sure you maximize your investment. In this article, you’ll get 3 tips on how to maximize your time with your personal trainer.
1. Know what your goals are
Only you truly know what outcome you’re trying to achieve. Knowing what goals you’re trying to achieve will make it easier to communicate with your personal trainer.
There are many different strategies depending on what your goals are. For example, if you’re after fat loss, your personal trainer might suggest specific workouts and meal plans that target fat loss. Such as cardio-intensive workouts and a low-carb diet. Versus if you’re trying to build more muscle mass. Which in this case your trainer may suggest more weight lifting and a protein-rich meal.
Taking some time to understand what you really want to that you can make a clear goal for yourself will help attribute to your success. Sit down and ask yourself what you really want and why. Be as detailed as possible when doing this. If you are trying to lose weight, ask yourself how much weight? and how soon do you want to achieve this? More importantly, why is this important to you? There could be infinite reasons. Maybe you want to lose weight because you want to be more healthy, or maybe you want to set a good example for your kids. Whatever the reason, be sure to be as meticulous as possible when setting your fitness goals.
2. Interview your personal trainer
Take the time to know your personal trainer. You want someone you’re comfortable with. Ask them questions such as “what are your credentials?”, “how much experience do you have?”, or “what do you specialize in?”. If you’re just coming out of an injury, it might be a good idea to find someone who has experience with that so definitely do your homework! Asking these questions will help you gain more information on who you’re about to be working with and to see if they’re the right fit.
Be sure to look at reviews and testimonials when deciding to go with a personal trainer. You don’t want to invest your hard-earned money only to find out that your personal trainer sucks. If you did your due diligence you would have found that a majority of their clients left bad reviews.
3. Your trainer is half the battle
While having a personal trainer is beneficial, you can have the best personal trainer in the world and still not see results. They can tell you the exact steps you need to achieve your goals but unless you show up that will never happen.
Some people get personal training and think that just because they paid five hundred dollars that results are now guaranteed. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
To ensure you are getting the results you want, you’re going to have to put in the work. Get a notepad and take notes of what you want to accomplish. Do a post journal review where you write down what you learned or problem areas that could be worked on more.
Do your best to follow the training and meal programs as close as possible. Your personal trainer won’t be there to watch how you eat so it’s now is a great time to build some discipline and put the bag of chips away.
4. Be a good personal training client
Just like how there are bad personal trainers, there are also bad clients. These type of clients will show up late to their appointments, don’t follow the meal plans, complain about not seeing results too quickly, having a know-it-all mindset, and simply just doesn’t try.
When you find a personal trainer who is invested in you, do your best to be a good client. This means showing up on time, following meal plans, being patient with results, having an open-mindset, and giving it your best effort.
Remember, you hired a personal trainer for a reason. Mainly because they have the knowledge and tools necessary to help you reach your goals. Being a good client makes for a healthy environment where both parties are comfortable.