So, you've finally decided to invest in a personal trainer as you are not getting the results you want by yourself or you are in need of some motivation and expertise.
A personal trainer can be money well spent to transform your health and fitness and to overcome emotional and physical barriers. Once you have found your personal trainer, it is vital that you make the most out of the time with them to ensure you are getting value for your money and seeing the changes within yourself each step of the way. You will need to learn to work as a team.
After working with a number of different clients I know there are certain keys ways in which you can ensure you get the most out of your mobile personal trainer and increase your fitness each week.
Meet Your Trainer Beforehand To Set Your Goals
It's important to choose a personal trainer that you get on with and that understands you. You don't want to be dreading each session as you feel uncomfortable. If you are choosing a mobile personal trainer, you may want to meet them in a mutual place. Discuss with them why you have decided to find a personal trainer, and what exercises you have done in the past. You can discuss your short and long term goals, what motivates you, what barriers have got in the way of your fitness beforehand and any injuries you may have. The personal trainer is then more able to tailor your workouts more specifically to you and making your sessions more efficient. It is great to discuss all this before your fist session so that you don't waste time and your money discussing these vital questions. If this is a first time with a personal trainer you may have lots of questions. As a mobile personal trainer of Magic Home Personal Training, I find the initial meeting with a client during their free consultation so important so that I can find out as much information as I can and even identify barriers they may have not even thought of. Once we are both working in the same directions, the results are so much quicker.
Respect the Personal Trainers Expertise
It can be very difficult to completely trust someone with something as vital as your fitness, especially if you have an existing injury. Many at first can be fearful and do not think they could perform half of the exercises that they do, however with encouragement and as your confidence grows, its amazing to see the changes mentally and physically. It can be scary to try different things, however if you have done your homework and chosen a fully qualified trainer they will be introducing exercises that are in line with your fitness goals . Be open minded in your sessions but communicate with the trainer whether you enjoyed or didn't enjoy an exercise. Your body has to be challenged every session so no session will be within your comfort zone.
Your trainer will ask you how you have got on in the week or couple of days depending on how often you see your trainer. Be honest if you have had a bad week with food or exercise. The personal trainer is not there to judge you but to find different ways in which you can overcome barriers that occur and avoid certain behavioural patterns if the same situation appears again. If your are honest then you can both be proactive in finding ways to prevent that bad week. The fitness journey is not just physically challenging but mentally challenging too. Honesty will break down barriers and change those bad habits for good. You are both working as a team. I like to communicate with clients in between sessions so I am aware of any barriers or loss of motivation. Sometime clients just need that continuous support to let them know they are not alone in their journey.
There may be certain aspects of the session that you really enjoy and would love to train in that style again. Tell your personal trainer, they want you to enjoy the sessions, feel more motivated and get the results your working towards. There may be certain exercises that make you feel uncomfortable or do not like doing, which is also important to communicate. The personal trainer should be able to come up with alternative exercises or can educate you on why the exercise is important. It is vital that you ask questions about why you are doing the exercises and the personal trainer should be teaching you about the body and fitness techniques each session. These are your sessions so don't be afraid to give feedback.
Turn Up On Time
Many Personal Trainers are booked up and are on a tight time scale. This is more evident in mobile personal training due to the travelling required between sessions. Ensure you turn up on time or even 5 minutes earlier. The personal trainer then has enough time to ask you how you've been getting on and so that it doesn't eat into your time with the trainer. The more time with the trainer, the better the workout will be and the more value for money you will receive.
Stay Hydrated And Eat Well
If you are putting all the effort into exercise, make sure you compliment this with good food and plenty of water. You do not want to undo all the hard work you have been doing and jeopardise your motivation. Your nutrition is also vital throughout your journey, which is something your trainer can help you with.
All the above factors are so important to take on board to ensure your are getting the most out of your mobile personal trainer. You both want to get the results so it is important that you both work together in the most efficient and enjoyable way. It should be fun, long term and rewarding.