You might be reading this because you’re thinking about getting some personal or small-group training, or maybe you’re one step ahead and just about to embark on a journey with your new coach. Either way, you’re going to be spending your hard-earned cash on a service, so here are 5 golden rules to help you get the most bang for your buck.
You’re about to pay good money for someone’s expertise on fitness and nutrition. Do yourself a favour and just discard out of your head everything you thought you knew about how to get in shape. At the very least, go into it with an open mind and a complete willingness to change your opinion. Chances are you’re about to be told that what you thought was right is actually wrong. Bear with us and down the line you’ll end up not only in better shape but also with the knowledge of how you got there, ready to pass on to others. Always share that knowledge.
If your trainer is worth a buck or two, he/she will have been in the training game for years. That doesn’t mean training others for years; it means they’ve spent years hitting the weights and paying meticulous attention to diet. If you think something’s right for you and they don’t agree, chances are they’ve tried it, have hands-on experience and know why it’s not for you. Listen up.
Worst offender: ‘If I eat before bed, I will put on weight.’ This one’s a particular pet peeve of mine. Just forget it and never speak of it again.
This one follows on nicely from number 1. TRUST your coach. I haven’t talked to every personal trainer or coach out there but, speaking for the ones I know, and for myself, let me tell you now: We care passionately and deeply about your results. It keeps us awake at night and drives us on in the morning. We want success for our clients, probably more than some of them want it for themselves. Invest in your trainer; they are doing everything they can to move you forward.
If you’ve started with a personal trainer, sooner or later you’re bound to realise that this getting in shape thing actually doesn’t require any magic or secrets that only your trainer knows. The basics are the basics and they work well but what you will realise is that it will require a furious determination and a willingness to sacrifice in order to reach your goals. If you want it bad enough, you’re going to have to be willing to put your training sessions above other things. You might have to sacrifice those pints of beer you love so much; Christ, you might even have to put up with being a bit hungry from time to time.
You are embarking on a new lifestyle, one of strength, health and consistency in all things. If you’re not willing to make sacrifices, you will come up short in the results department
As you can see, all these things are linked. If your trainer has given you nutritional guidelines to adhere to, or a custom diet, then follow it. Ask the when’s and the whys but, have trust that this approach is going to get you from point A to point B. Not following the diet is like buying a new bike but continuing to drive to all the places you could cycle – you stay overweight and you waste money! Don’t be that person who is constantly cheating on their diet and making sub par results because of it.
This is a simple one: Work your ass off in the gym. Hard work in the gym will make you a better person, so suck it up and allow yourself to be pushed hard by your trainer.