I am sorry that I have not posted in a while! I recently started school, and I am on a quarter system. Holy Moses is it already kicking my bootie 😦
Anyways…back to the post and the subject at hand! Have a blessed evening.
Have you ever thought of working with a personal trainer? Whether it is to help you lose weight, train for an event, or simply challenge yourself, here are some things to consider when working with a professional:
1. Certification matters.
This is a big one. Your personal trainer should have a nationally recognized certification (NSCA, ACSM, or ACE to name a few). Teaching group fitness classes or losing a lot of weight at one time does not make someone qualified to be a personal trainer. Personal trainers should be knowledgeable of human anatomy & keep the client’s limitations in mind. Likewise, simply having a certification doesn’t make someone an effective trainer either.
2. What are you doing the other 167 hours of the week?
One 1-hour training session a week will not change your physique or help you lose weight. Your trainer will hold you accountable for that one hour, teach you proper technique for a wide range of exercises, push you out of your comfort zone, and help you reach your goals. But, YOU have to be accountable for the remaining 167 hours during the week. Ask your trainer for advice concerning weekly workouts, nutrition, and sleep so that you can reach your goals.
3. Prepare to be uncomfortable, but not too uncomfortable.
Be open and honest with your trainer. If you do not like a particular exercise, say so. That doesn’t mean you won’t do it on occasion, but if you despise all things running, then your trainer likely won’t make you run every single session. Additionally, share any injuries or pain you are experiencing so your trainer can offer modifications and train you safely.
4. Are your goals reasonable?
Personal trainers get into the business in order to help others reach their goals. However, a client’s goals need to be realistic and attainable within the set time frame. Like #2 mentioned, it has to be a lifestyle commitment, not just for that 1-2 hours in the gym. Ask yourself, “Am I ready to commit to this?!” Additionally, setting overly aggressive goals, like trying to lose more than 1-2 pounds per week, can set you up for failure and frustration. Work with your trainer to come up with an action plan!
5. Match made in heaven.
Not every trainer-client relationship clicks. Find a trainer that you feel comfortable with and whose personality meshes with yours. Some people want a supportive, upbeat trainer while others want an assertive, demanding personality. Decide which is best for you. Regardless of personality, make sure your trainer listens to you.
With social media comes the ability for anyone and everyone to share information….good or bad. Too often, you will find individuals offering virtual “boot camps” without any sort of training experience or certification. Just because you workout, doesn’t make you qualified to “coach” others. Readers, be wary of this!
Tip of the Day
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