Working with a personal trainer is a great way to maximize your workout efforts and take your personal fitness to the next level. If you're going to invest your hard-earned money into personal training, be sure to keep the following tips in mind in order to get the most out of every session.
1. Keep chitchat to a minimum.
While there's nothing wrong with building a healthy rapport with your personal trainer, engaging in excessive small talk can easily turn into a distraction for both of you. Approach the session with the mindset that you're there to work, and that the bulk of your conversation should be around things that directly pertain to the workout session (form, technique, etc.) instead of just casual conversation.
2. Fuel up properly.
This should be a daily habit, but it holds especially true on your training days. Try not to skip any meals, as this could sap your energy when it's time to hit the gym. Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily diet so that your body will be properly nourished with plenty of antioxidants to aid in post-workout recovery. Drink plenty of water several hours before your training session so that you won't have to dip out to the restroom every 10 minutes. Try eating a protein-filled light snack to give you a quick energy boost before your session.
3. Humble yourself.
It can be hard on the ears (and the ego) to hear your trainer tell you that you're doing something wrong, but you need to be open to correction in order to make the needed adjustments and get better. For example, if you've been doing an exercise a certain way and your trainer tells you that you're using improper form, try not to argue with him/her--after all, they're the professional, and you're paying them to provide guidance and expertise. Be willing to keep your feelings in check and take the tough medicine so that you can improve.
4. Provide honest communication and feedback.
Maybe you're dealing with an injury, or maybe you didn't get much sleep the night before. Whatever is going on, be willing to let your trainer know how you're feeling, so that they can make the appropriate adjustments to your training plan. Your trainer cannot make effective recommendations if they have limited knowledge of the situation, so be sure to provide open, honest communication and feedback in order to better help them do their job.
5. Be punctual.
A client showing up late is one of the biggest pet peeves for most personal trainers, because they're working with a tight schedule as it is. Be respectful of their time and workout plan by being punctual--and even early--so that both you and your trainer can get the most out of your session.
6. Practice on your own.
Famed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden once said "The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching." Your personal trainer is there to provide you with guidance and instruction, but it's up to you to follow your trainer's regimen even when you're not working with them. This will strengthen your sense of commitment to your own success, which is an essential ingredient that will help you stay the course over time.
7. Give it 100 percent.
It's hard to expect outstanding results when you're only putting in mediocre efforts. As soon as you set foot in that gym, you need to have your game face on, ready to handle business. As with practically everything else in life, you'll only get out of your training sessions what you put into them, so be sure to give it all you've got during your workouts.
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