Working with a personal trainer is a fantastic way to step up your fitness goals. Now you have accountability and motivation coming from someone else besides yourself. Personal trainers help you to learn new exercises and routines that will help shape your physique. Many personal trainers also help their clients with developing the strength of their mental thoughts. Mental strength being almost harder to train than that of the physical exercises.
When working with a personal trainer, they will need certain information about you. Physical, mental, and emotional factors come into play when helping a client create a fitness routine that is going to fit their lifestyle. Besides the basic information like height, weight, age, personal goals that your trainer will ask you. I will share with you five things that you should ALWAYS tell your personal trainer.
#1 Be raw and honest about your daily habits.
Your personal trainer needs to know what you have been doing from the past to current point. Hiding habits good or bad from your trainer could hinder the success of the routine they create for you. For example, if you work a very sedentary desk job then go home to the couch every night for a few hours and do not have a lot of activity that is important for a trainer to know. They will base your exercise plan off your current activity level. A good trainer does not want to kill their client the first week with a heavy fitness routine that they are not prepared for.
#2 Keep the results real.
An experienced personal trainer is going to know if you are fibbing on your results. If you are reporting back that all is going great and you are completing all the workouts, don’t forget your body will always show the work you are doing. If you are skipping cardio workouts or weight workouts it will show when you meet up with your trainer. Training sessions with your personal trainer are always harder. You have spotter and someone to push you during those training sessions. Keep the results real and progress will come with time.
#3 If you need help don’t be afraid to ask.
Your personal trainer is there to help you achieve your goals. If you find yourself struggling with an exercise or keeping motivated, do not be afraid to reach out to them for help! Exercise form can be improved with practice and guidance. Motivation is just what a trainer is for, to help you realize just how far you have come and how close you are to your goals. Never be afraid to reach out to your trainer in times of need, after all that’s why you hired them in the first place.
#4 If circumstances change, keep your trainer in the loop.
Life happens and sometimes it throws a monkey wrench into our plans. If your circumstances change and you are unable to keep your appointments, make sure you inform your trainer as soon as possible. The last thing you want to do is blow them off. Professional trainers will understand and will appreciate that you respect their time. In the chance that you can work with them again in the future, leaving on good terms will make it easier to start back up again when you can return.
#5 If you get injured, do not be a hero.
Attempting to muscle through an injury is always a horrible idea. An equally horrible idea is not informing your trainer of your injury. Depending on your injury, your trainer might be able to adjust the workout so you can work around it. Or in the case it is a more serious injury, they may have references to reputable massage therapists, chiropractors or physical therapists. Utilizing their ideas to help you get healed faster will only allow you to get back to your routine faster!
Applying these five tips to your relationship with your personal trainer will not only ensure you are doing all the necessary things to contribute to your success but that your trainer can give their all to creating and helping you achieve your fitness goals.