How to Get Started With a Personal Trainer
Maybe you’ve been on a certain fitness track for a while and feel like you really want to change it up, but you don’t know where to begin. Or perhaps you’re new to working out, and all those free weights and machines look a little too intimidating.
Either way, hiring a personal trainer can be a great way to help you reach your goals, learn proper form, and make the most out of your gym time. Because they’re experts in the field, they can make your workouts more efficient, and you’ll see faster results. Here are some tips for getting started:
Chat with several trainers first
People who connect with their trainers tend to do better when it comes to results. You look forward to your sessions more, rarely skip sessions (if at all), and put in more effort, because you feel empowered. But that won’t happen with every trainer. Just like any kind of relationship, you click more with some people than others. Chatting with trainers can be helpful to determine if you have that chemistry.
Observe them with clients
Once you’ve narrowed down your personal-trainer options, take a few minutes to notice how they work with clients. This will give you a good indication of their training style. Although trainers tailor workouts for each client, you can observe if they are attentive, give good information about proper form, and are supportive of their clients.
In your introductory session, your trainer will want to hear about you—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Be up front about the challenges that you’re facing when it comes to fitness. Maybe you feel like it’s extremely difficult to stay motivated, and you need more encouragement. Maybe you know you haven’t been eating the best lately, or you’re worried about getting injured in sessions. Whatever anxieties and bad behaviors you have, let them fly. The more honest you are, the easier it will be for the trainer to help you.
Set goals together
Although some people simply want to “get in shape,” it’s far better to set specific goals that you can work toward. For example, if you’ve never run before, ask the trainer about how long you would need before signing up for your first 5K. You might have strength-training goals or endurance goals instead, in which you want to lift a certain amount of weight or make it through an intense HIIT session without stopping.
Create a realistic schedule
Personal training can work wonders, but only if you show up. You’ve made a commitment to yourself by hiring a trainer, so demonstrate that same commitment in keeping your training appointments. The best way to do that is to choose a regular, standing appointment that’s consistent—for example, every Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. If your trainer doesn’t have that kind of time slot open, book as many sessions in advance as you can.
In getting started with personal training, you’ll want to set yourself up for success emotionally, physically, and mentally; by choosing a trainer who feels right for you and can help you set goals, you’ll be well on your way to getting the results you want.
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