If you are planning to invest your valuable money and time on a personal trainer, it makes sense that you get the very best out of the experience as you possibly can. That primarily depends on you and whether you are prepared to put the effort in. Although it undoubtedly helps to have a personal trainer to guide you towards your goals, it will only work if you, work.
There are a number of simple ways that you can improve the effectiveness of working out with a personal trainer, and we have highlighted what we feel are the best below.
Cut Out The Chatter
While a little small talk is important as it can help to make the relationship you have with your personal trainer stronger and friendly; too much can actually cause problems. When you are spending too much time chatting about this and that, it can be distracting not only for you but for your trainer too. This can make workout sessions less effective.
When you fail to turn up on time, or before your session is due to start, so you are ready to start on the dot; the only person you are really causing problems for is yourself. Remember that you are paying for the trainer’s expertise and time and every second you waste by not being there and ready to work out, is money down the drain. This can also disrupt your trainer’s schedule. A lot of trainers actually prefer that the individuals they are working with to turn up early so they can take part in an appropriate warm-up before they start.
Improve Your Diet
It doesn’t matter how hard you work in the gym if you are not following a healthy and balanced diet. This is why it is important to follow any of the nutritional advice your trainer gives you. If you want to see better results, you need to make the relevant changes to a more wholesome, natural diet.
Listen To Your Trainer
Your personal trainer will only ask you to do things because they have a good reason for it. Therefore, if they ask you to stick to a particular intensity of cardio for a specified time or want you to take 30-second breaks between repetitions – listen to them because they know what they are talking about.
The only way your personal trainer can help you to lose weight and improve your fitness is if you are honest about your progress. They will have a harder time organising a schedule and helping you to achieve the results you would like if you make stuff up about how much you have been exercising or that you have improved your diet. If you are honest with them, they will be honest with you about what you need to do to meet your targets.
Be Open Minded
One phrase a lot of personal trainers dislike in particular is ‘I can’t do that’. Unless you have an illness or injury that might affect your ability to perform a particular exercise or activity, try to keep an open mind and be willing to try new things.
Get Enough sleep
Sleep is a more important aspect of a healthy lifestyle than a lot of people think. In terms of your recovery after a workout and your progress following a trainer’s schedule will be less effective if you are not getting enough sleep. Not only will it affect your ability to workout properly, but it will also affect your motivation.
Learn To Trust Your Personal Trainer
While it is understandable, at least in the beginning of your work with your trainer, if you are questioning their methods or training approach, you need to reach the point where you learn to trust your trainer or you don’t. Being disruptive and constantly questioning them or even arguing with them can harm the dynamic of your working relationship and wastes time.
Put The Effort In
Remember that you made the decision to hire a personal trainer for a reason. Therefore, if you are really interested in getting the most out of the experience, you need to show up with the right attitude, ready to work and put the effort in.