So. You just signed up to work with a personal trainer. On the one hand, you’re really excited to start. All of those gains and motivation. It’s going to be great! On the other hand, you’re a bit apprehensive. You might be thinking, what if I look weak? Or don’t make any progress? Or sound like an idiot? Even if you’ve been working out for years, these questions can cloud your mind in the hours leading up to your first session.
Not to worry. It’s completely normal. Hiring someone to kick your ass isn’t something you do every day. We understand that. To help ease some of your pre-workout jitters, we’ve put together a list of ways to help you get the most bang (or gain!) for your buck when you work out with a personal trainer.
1. Ask Questions
Probably the most important point on this list is: don’t be afraid to ask questions. As the saying goes, there really is no dumb question. A good one to start with is, “what’s your experience working with people like me?” This will help you get a feel for their know-how and how they can best help you.
Point is, your personal trainer is happy to answer any questions you have about their background and style, your workouts, nutrition, proper form, fitness trends, etc. It’s part of their job! If you’re asking questions and are less than thrilled with the answers you’re getting, that’s okay. Not every trainer is going to be a perfect fit. A good rule of thumb is to try a session or two first before calling it quits. If they’re not listening to you or you’re still not happy, don’t be afraid to switch it up. It’s important to find a trainer that meets your needs and whose vision aligns with your fitness goals.
2. Speak Up When You’re Uncomfortable
While workouts might not always be pleasant, they should not be painful. If you ever feel like something’s not right while working out or that a certain exercise is aggravating a past injury (or if you’ve had an injury at all) let your trainer know. They’ll be able to rework your training so that it challenges you, but doesn’t pain you.
Also, if you find yourself apprehensive about trying something in the gym, let your trainer know. You’re not going to look weak! A really heavy squat or box jumps may seem daunting. While it’s good to try things that challenge you, you want to believe that you can achieve them. If you go into it with a negative mindset, it might not end well. The goal is to test your limits, not break them.
3. Ask for Workouts Outside of Your Sessions
While your most productive workouts may be with your trainer, it’s important to keep up your hard work outside of your time together. They’ll be able to give you routines you can do in between your sessions in order to keep you on track toward reaching your goals.
Plus, the additional workouts will help you maintain an exercise routine. That way, if you opt to discontinue seeing your trainer after a certain number of sessions, you’ll have built up a consistent habit of getting your ass to the gym.
4. Trust Your Trainer
Personal trainers are fitness experts and have had lots of experience working with a variety of clients, all with the common goal of getting fit. If you give them a shot, chances are they’ll help you do the same. So, make the most out of the time with your trainer. Show up on time and make plans to stay the duration of the appointment. During your sessions, minimize extra chit-chat and keep an open mind.
Trust your trainer. Take it from us, they want to see you succeed. There’s nothing quite like helping someone become a better version of themselves. Watching a client put in the work and achieve results is a great feeling. It’s an honor to be a part of that journey and not something personal trainers take lightly.
5. Create Goals
When you begin training, it’s important to set goals for yourself. Let’s say you have a goal of putting on 10 pounds of muscle or losing 40 pounds. Breaking these larger goals up into smaller milestones will help them seem more attainable. It’ll also stoke the fires of your motivation when you see that you’re making progress.
Your trainer can help you set these smaller goals and build a realistic timeline for you to reach them. Everyone goes at a different pace when it comes to reaching goals. That’s okay! We’re all different. Plus, your trainer will be there to cheer you on along the way.
Sweat With Us
At …destination, we’ve got a diverse team of personal trainers ready to help. Whether you’re interested in weight loss, putting on muscle, learning proper nutrition, or looking for a spotter while you max out on your lifts, we can help! Drop by or give us a call and we’ll get you set up and on the path toward meeting your goals.