Personal trainers wear many hats: fitness coach, nutrition coach, cheerleader, counselor, accountability partner, and friend.
There’s many reasons to have a personal trainer in your corner:
They can help prevent injury by showing you proper form
They can offer variety and creativity to your stagnant workouts
They can help you lose stubborn fat
They can show you effective techniques
They can motivate you to push your body past self-imposed limits
Don’t be intimidated by a trainer. They started their fitness feats somewhere as well and had someone who believed in them. And they’ll be there to believe in you too. Together, you can set your SMART goals and start working on achieving them.
Once you’ve decided to work with a personal trainer, do your homework to find one that fits your goals and your personality. After all, the relationship you build with your trainer is likely going to be a love/hate one. Don’t worry, you’ll love them in the end!
Find the right trainer for you
Are your fitness goals to run a marathon in the New Year or to lose those last five of your Freshman 15 by the time you go home for Christmas?
Find a trainer who understands what you want and whose personality meshes well with yours. If you’re a female and prefer a female trainer, that’s okay too.
Look for someone who you are comfortable with, feel motivated by, and have fun with.
Tips for making the most of your sessions with your trainer
Making the decision to have a trainer is an important one, so make the most of your sessions with them.
Make your sessions a priority—You owe it to your trainer, and to yourself, to show up on time and be ready to work. Bring your A-game to the session and you’ll both win!
Warm up ahead of time—Take five to ten minutes to warm up your body before your personal training session starts. This way, you can jump right into the workout and they can start to push your body into doing the tougher stuff.
Clock in some sleep—Make sure you’re well-rested for your session. Your progress and recovery depend on good sleep. Get enough z’s before a training session and you’ll have more energy for your workouts and perform better.
Be honest—Even telling your trainer a little white lie can be detrimental to your progress. Remember, you hired them to keep you accountable and to help you get results. If you aren’t telling them the whole truth about your diet or fitness plan, they can’t properly tailor your plan to meet your goals.
Trust your trainer—They won’t let you slack or protest, so don’t even bother. A good trainer will keep motivating you when you want to quit but won’t let you give up on them, or, on yourself. It’s absolutely okay to ask them specific questions or give your own input to the workout.
Whether you decide to hire a personal trainer for the long-haul or want to take advantage of our free training session, find one that you like and enjoy your time together!