Purchasing a personal training session is one of the best ways to jump-start your fitness plan.
However, personal training, with a reputable trainer, can be an expensive luxury. Therefore, it is important that you get the most out of each and every session you’ve purchased.
The following tips are designed to help you prepare for your personal training sessions in an effective manner:
Schedule Your Personal Training Session During Gym Down-Times
Early in the morning or late at night (if you’re not a morning person) are two of the best times to schedule your personal training sessions. This is because these are “down-times” at most gyms when you and your personal trainer don’t have to deal with three or more other members waiting to use the same exercise machines.
Put Yourself In A Positive Frame of Mind
A positive attitude towards fitness is the key to reaching your fitness and/or weight loss goals. Therefore, try to look at your upcoming personal training session as a treat instead of a chore. Constantly remind yourself of why you chose to spend the money to hire a personal trainer and make an effort to look forward to your training session as a tool that will help you reach your fitness goals even faster.
Arrive Early, Stretch & Warm-Up
One of the best ways to prevent injury during your personal training session is to arrive approximately 30 minutes early, stretch and warm-up on the elliptical or treadmill for about 20 minutes.
Wear Appropriate Fitness Attire
We all love to wear stylish little workout outfits to the gym. However, what you choose to wear to a personal training session needs to be geared more towards functionality than style. This is because during a personal training session you will be asked to do a serious of physical activities that you might not otherwise normally engage in. Therefore, in order to get the most out of the personal training session you’ve paid for, without being restricted in your choice of activities because of your attire try to wear:
- A pair of long and comfortable yoga pants or a pair of long sweatpants
- Avoid shorts
- A tight fitting sports bra so that you are well supported if asked to do jumping jacks for example
- A long T-shirt
- Basically any outfit that will keep you from worrying about embarrassing “wardrobe malfunctions” during your personal training session
For more on this topic check out: How The Right Fitness Attire Can Improve Your Workout
Bring A Fitness Journal
One of the best ways to get the most out of your personal training session is to bring along a fitness journal: a notebook in which you
- Chart the types of exercises you perform during your session
- Track the amount of weight you lift at each “station” so you can chart your progress
- Write down how many sets of each weight lifting exercise you can do
- Write down any special instructions your personal trainer gives you
Ask Appropriate Questions
“Are you single?” is a good example of an inappropriate question to ask your personal trainer regardless of his/her sex or your sex.
On the other hand, it is also important that you don’t feel intimidated to ask your personal trainer all types of fitness related questions. For example, if your personal trainer keeps referring to your “delts” and you have no idea what she is talking about it is important that you ask her to clarify things for you.
In order to have a productive personal training session, you must make an effort to minimize all distractions. By taking the following small steps you can make reasonably sure none of the personal training time you’ve paid for is wasted:
- Leave your phone in your locker
- Let your friends at the gym know that you do not want to be disturbed during your personal training session
- Keep the chatter to a minimum
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