Personal training can be one of the best decisions you make in your life. A good partnership with a personal trainer can keep you excited about working out and can provide you that extra support structure so many of us need to be healthy.
That said, there are a lot of things that you can do to get the most out of your personal training sessions that might not come up in every day conversation. Check out these 7 tips so you get the best possible results and make the most out of every session.
Make every minute count
A lot of times personal trainer clients will lack motivation on particular days and will try to wiggle their way out of a complete workout. Doing things like re-filling the water bottle, taking bathroom breaks or gossiping detract from the goal of helping you to get the most out of your time. Similarly, being late to a personal training session or trying to leave early are signs that you are not truly invested in your wellbeing and donâ€™t respect the time of your fitness professional.
Prepare yourself mentally and physically before coming in
Showing up to your personal training session in a mental or physical state that detracts from your session doesnâ€™t help make your trainerâ€™s job any easier and wonâ€™t help you get the results you are paying for. For example, coming in without properly hydrating or filling your belly, on little sleep, or with a cold will mean youâ€™ll get limited results. Prepare yourself for your sessions by eating right, sleeping right and hydrating your body so you can work hard and reap the benefits.
Be honest about your diet
So much of your success relies on the energy and fuel you use to feed your body. Your personal trainer is hired to help you reach whatever goals you set for yourself; donâ€™t limit your â€“ and their â€“ ability to get results by being untruthful about what you are eating. If you binged on fast-food or potato chips all weekend let them know. Donâ€™t try to lie to your trainer about your diet, theyâ€™ll know and will feel unappreciated and that you lack their trust.
Let your trainer know if budget becomes an issue
After a few months, it can seem like you have gained enough knowledge to train on your own, negating the need â€“ and cost â€“ of your trainer. While this may be true for some, cost is not the only factor behind personal training that makes it so worthwhile. There is also the motivational factor and the increased likelihood that youâ€™ll show up because someone else is relying on you. If cost becomes a factor, tell your trainer and consider recruiting some friends for group training to minimize the cost.
Know the difference between pain and burn
In workout terms, â€œfeeling the burnâ€ is something that is looked at as sort of a badge of honor for hard work. But there is a difference between feeling the burn and pushing yourself so hard that you risk getting injured. Even when a trainer is pushing you hard, be honest with yourself and let them know that something doesnâ€™t feel right and avoid injuries that put you out of commission.
Invest in some proper gear
While you donâ€™t need the latest pair of $100 yoga pants, you will benefit from having some decent workout clothes. The most important piece of workout gear will be your shoes. Donâ€™t use some raggedy old sneakers; chances are all the support in them is now gone and they will cause more damage than good. Similarly, consider some moisture-wicking shirts, shorts or pants, and undergarments. These will help to keep you cool and pull the sweat off you â€“ something that helps you maintain a more beneficial body temperature.
An hour session too long? Go for 30 minutes
If an hour-long personal training session is too long or too expensive consider cutting the time in half. Just remember to make every minute of your half-hour session count and give it your all to get the results you are after.