Getting started with an personal trainer can be wonderfully transformative experience. Whether you’re just beginning your fitness journey, have a specific target you want to hit or just want to ensure your current form is effective, utilizing the services of a professional trainer is a great resource. Asking your local gym is probably the easiest way to engage the services of a personal trainer and discussing your goals up front is the best way to find the one to help you on your path.
So let’s say that you have already found a trainer and signed up for a few sessions. While simply showing up to your sessions is a start, the following are some tips for get the most out of the time you have with them:
1. Respect your session
Everyone has a busy life. Everyone. Showing up late for an appointment is a bad policy for everyone. For your training session, you are literally wasting not only time, but money. You are also communicating to your trainer that you don’t value your fitness goals and telling them that it is not a priority. Also, you could be pushing in to someone else’s time who needs the session more than you.
What you do during a session also matters. If you choose to play on your phone by checking your text messages or fiddling with social media, you again are wasting time. Also, spending time more time socializing with your trainer than working can hurt you. There is a definite difference between being friendly and chatty.
If you respect your’s and your trainer’s time, you will be far more likely to get the best out of your trainer; which in turn will help you see your results faster.
2. Be both physically and mentally prepared
Great personal trainers can often push their students outside their comfort level. Students are often not either physically, or mentally, prepared for the exercises in your session. To arm yourself, you should come prepared with an open mind. Put aside the mental or emotional distractions that occur during your day and be ready to be pushed!
Being physically prepared involves more than just ready to feel the burn. You should definitely get 6-8 hours of sleep the night before a session. Also, make sure you eat appropriately before your session. You don’t want to be too bloated, or too weak, to bring your best.
Key takeaway – It’s not simply the workout, that will help you get the fitness goal you are looking to achieve; it’s being physically and mentally prepared that will really make the difference.