10 Secrets Personal Trainers Won’t Tell You For Free

Make the most of your next sweat session.

Do not arrive at a training session in the following states:

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On an empty stomach, coming off a cold/stomach bug, or on four hours’ sleep. It wastes your time and mine when your body isn’t fueled, hydrated, and ready to work. These are the best post-workout snack ideas.

If you're on a budget, recruit a few friends for a small group session

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These cost less per person. These are other ways to save money on a gym membership.

It takes more than writing a check or showing up for training sessions to make you fit and healthy

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It’s what you do before and after you meet with your trainer, including choices with food, alcohol, workouts, and a commitment to a new lifestyle. Try these weight-loss secrets from The Biggest Loser.

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Ask you trainer what she or he does to keep educated

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An educated trainer will get better results and provide variety to keep you engaged and motivated in your workouts.

When you are late it is a waste of your money, a waste of my time, and disrespectful

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And we trainers see through your stall tactics. “I think I need to fill my water bottle.” “Let me get a dry towel real quick.” “Oh, I need to go to the bathroom again.” Nice try. But you’re paying for the session, so make every minute count.

There is a difference between pain and burn

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If you push so hard that you injure yourself, we both lose. Here's how to treat muscle pain.

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Whatever the text or email says, it can wait until we’re done

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And no, you cannot text and put forth 100 percent effort at the same time.

I do not have time to get sick

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Cancel your session if you’re carrying germs. Avoid these other habits that spread germs at the gym.

Gear matters

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Don’t expect to get maximum performance and results by working out in the ratty gym shoes and shorts you dug out of that old box of college dorm clothes. Invest in a good pair of sneakers. Your feet and joints will thank you, and so will your trainer.

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Think quality, not quantity

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A 30-minute session at max effort is better (and cheaper) than 60 minutes of dawdling and half-effort.

Sources: Personal trainers in Vermont, Florida, California, and Louisiana


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