10 Important things your personal trainer wants you to know
What’s your personal trainer really thinking, as he watches your sweat and toil? Is he thinking you could be trying harder, or is he wishing he had more clients that are as dedicated as you are? We can’t tell you exactly what your own personal trainer is thinking, but we can let you know ten things that many personal trainers wished that their clients understood.
1. No matter hard you work out, if you don’t eat right, it’s not going to work
You can train as hard as you like, but if then you go on a food binge afterward, you are undoing all the good that you have done. A lot of people overestimate the calories they burn during a workout and then they overeat later. Don’t fall into this trap; listen to your personal trainer!
2. There is no fixed length of time that a workout should be
It has become acceptable practice for personal trainers to charge by the hour. This may make sense to the accountants of the world, but not to your personal trainer. The optimum length of workout can vary between people and the type of workout you are doing. If your personal trainer calls a stop to your session, before your hour is up, it’s not because he’s short changing you, it’s because he thinks it would be the best thing for you.
3. You need to rest some days
There is no benefit to be gained by working out hard every single day. Your personal trainer would far rather prefer that you take a rest day and give your body time to recover, than you turn up for the session, too tired to put in the necessary effort.
4. Your personal trainer can’t perform miracles
Your personal trainer might be good, but he’s not good enough to bring you results from just an hour’s training with him. He can guide you and advise you, but he can’t help if you ignore his advice and keep practicing bad habits when you’re not with him.
5. You need to come to the gym hydrated and nourished
You need to have fuel in your body to be able to work out properly. You need to eat a snack that contains carbohydrates and protein, before you work out, so that your body can use that nourishment to build muscles.
6. You don’t need to be already fit to use a personal trainer
It doesn’t matter if you aren’t fit or maybe a bit overweight, a personal trainer will still be pleased to see you and work with you. They won’t judge you and they will be excited that they can be a part of what you are trying to achieve.
7. A minor injury doesn’t stop you from keeping fit
Just because you have a sprained ankle doesn’t mean that you can’t work out at all. Your personal trainer will find ways that you can exercise without aggravating a minor injury, just ask.
8. Communication is vital
Your personal trainer can’t read your mind, so you have to be honest and open with them. If you are finding a particular exercise hard, then say so, or if you have any questions, then ask them. You need to help your personal trainer by being honest and then you will get far more out of your sessions.
9. A personal trainer is not forever
Don’t take this the wrong way, but your personal trainer doesn’t want to be training you forever. They don’t want you to need them, they would rather pass on the information that you need to succeed on your own. When you walk away, knowing that you have the confidence and the knowledge to carry on alone, then they will know that they have done a good job.
10. Your personal trainer saw it all before
There’s nothing you can do that your personal trainer hasn’t seen before. When you struggle, they know, when you cheat, they can tell and when you steadily improve, they are pleased. That’s what they’re there for – to pass on all that knowledge and experience and to help you reach your fitness targets.