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6 Thoughts Everyone Has When They Start Seeing a Personal Trainer

6_Thoughts_Everyone_Has_When_Start_Seeing_a_Personal_Trainer-762830-edited.jpgDeciding to sign up with a personal trainer is a great first step towards attaining your fitness and health goals. The benefits of having a trainer at your back gives you motivation, encouragement, knowledge, and variety. When a client first signs up with a trainer a million thoughts can run through their mind. Trepidation is natural as you embark on something new. Fear not, a lot of people have the same questions when they first start out seeing a personal trainer. Some of the more common questions include:

1. Will I be able to keep up?

We all have to start somewhere. It’s important to remember when you’re first starting out with a trainer that they are not there to judge you, but rather evaluate where your level of fitness is so that a proper program can be designed in an effort to reach your goals and get you the results you’re after.

2. I’m not comfortable with this training style, should I say something?

Yes. If certain exercises, or the training program itself, are too difficult, too easy, or are not keeping your interest you should definitely speak up. In order to stick with your training sessions, they need to be tailored to your individual needs and desires. That isn’t to say that if it just feels a little difficult that you should quit, but if it is genuinely something you do not feel physically comfortable doing then speak up. Your trainer is there to listen to you and incorporate changes to make your sessions all that you are looking for.

3. How long before I see results?

You will feel the results of your training long before you begin seeing them. Changes in body composition often take time to notice. Depending on what type of training you are doing it can take about 3 to 6 months of dedicated effort before you really start seeing the measurable results in the mirror. But don’t get discouraged. Consistent effort will be the key to continued success.

4. How often do I need to see a trainer?

The time put in with your trainer will depend on your overall goals. If you’re an athlete training for an event, you will have to put in considerably more time than if you’re just looking to lose weight and tone up for the summer. Your trainer will discuss with you the amount of time to put in to reach your goals in a safe and effective manner.

5. What should I eat?

Proper nutrition goes hand-in-hand with any exercise program if you want to get your best results. With all the choices and fads out there it may become confusing as to what you should be eating to compliment all the training you’ll be doing. An experienced trainer, though not a nutritionist, will be able to recommend healthy meal options for you to cut down on the confusion.

6. I’ve learned enough, can’t I just workout on my own?

After a few sessions, when you start to get the hang of things and you feel more comfortable, you may start thinking about venturing off on your own without a trainer. While you can workout yourself, and you certainly should be in-between sessions, an experienced trainer can be highly beneficial for a number of reasons. As your body begins to adjust to the extraneous activity you’re putting it under it can plateau, that is, your results will stagnate. A trainer has a vast arsenal of training techniques for continued improvement.

If you’re unsure about beginning with a trainer feel free to ask them about any questions you may have. A personal trainer is just that…personal.

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