Ever wondered what it would be like to use a personal trainer? Maybe you’re intrigued? What is all the fuss about? And why does everyone (claim) to have a great one.
This quick article breaks down the fluff and tells you the exact 8 things you should know before hiring a personal trainer.
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1. It Works
Personal training is scienfitifcally proven to give you better results than training by yourself.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton
Hiring a coach can give you the quickest route to success. You wouldn’t attempt eye surgery yourself.
You wouldn’t attempt to fix your windscreen if it was cracked.
You would hire an expert. And when it comes to getting the most out of your body, you have two options.
The quick way — by hiring someone who has done it many times before, and hopefully with lots of other people very similar to you.
The slow way — using trial and error. This is the longer, more painful way.
2. The Plan
A personal training session, depending on your goals is normally broken down into sections.
For example, for a typical weight loss client our workouts may look like this.
- 10 minute warm up, foam roll and mobilisations
- 40 minute workout dedicated to afterburn weight training.
- 10 minute stretch to increase/maintain flexibility and lower heart rate.
30 minute sessions will likely be a condensed variation of this. But it’s important to know, if your session lasts an hour, its highly unlikely you will be working flat out for an hour.
Because for 90% of the population its just far too difficult. Even for seasoned clients.
3. Different types of personal training
Unbeknown to most people there are different forms of personal training. Lots of gyms follow the one on one method, but there are other gyms that follow a 2 on 1 training system. Depending on your goals, financial situation, injuries and other factors, it is paramount you pick the right method for you.
In fact there are 4 main types of personal training, and we’ve covered each one in this article →
4. Methods to measure your body fat progress
Personal training works. But it can often be difficult to see or feel progress, especially as you see yourself in the mirror every day.
Using the correct measurement process for your goals can be instrumental in keeping motivation high. High motivation means you stick to the plan and consistency is the mother and father of success.
Read this short article on methods of measurement available to you →
5. Nutrition or not to nutrition
Personal training has evolved. Over the past few years there has been a surge in interest in nutrition.
And with good reason. Just focusing on training alone will at best, bring sub par results. At worst, it gives you no results at all.
Nutrition plays a huge part in any body transformation. But not all personal trainers are educated in this art.
I use my words carefully here.
Nutrition is both a science and an art. The science is quite clear. Doing X for a period of time will give you Y. But every human is different. You need to take into account things such as stress levels, digestion, activity and body fat levels to give an accurate set of dietary guidelines.
Be aware of this when you are picking a trainer.
6. It’s an investment.
It goes without saying, that if you’re looking for a personal trainer it’s going to cost you money. The clients who get the most out of their training, prefer to see it as an investment into their body as opposed to a cost of something they have to shell out for. After all, working on both your body and mind come back to you.
I have a saying I took from very smart man called Elliot Husle.
‘Never go cheap on food or education. They both become you’
7. It’s not for everyone
Although personal training is proven to work, it’s not for everyone. Be aware that it requires a certain level of commitment on your part and if your goals and your health aren’t one of the most important things in your life, then it may be worth waiting until you’re in a better head space.
This article breaks down 7 reasons why personal training may not be for you.
8. Results are key
There is only one reason you look to work with a personal trainer.
Whether it’s to drop some weight, build some muscle or rehab an injury at the end of the day, the result is the most important thing. The trainer you’re looking to work with should have a proven track record of helping people just like you.
In this age of technology, you should be looking for proof of work.
Testimonials, reviews and watching them work are all areas you can use to see if a trainer is right for you.
Here are 8 important things to know before you hire a personal trainer.
- It works
- The plan
- Different types of personal training
- Methods used to measure progress
- Nutrition or not to nutrition
- It’s an investment
- It’s not for everyone
- Results are key