What Your Personal Trainer Won’t Tell You
Ever wonder what your personal trainer really thinks? Here are 13 things your fitness pro wishes you knew.
By Jennifer Steil
1. Do not arrive at a training session in the following states:
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.
2. If you concentrate on the exercise you are doing with me with the same intensity as telling me the latest gossip about your life, you would find it easier.
3. We know you are eating more than you tell us.
4. If you're on a budget, recruit a few friends for a small group session.
These cost less per person.
5. It takes more than writing a check or showing up for training sessions to make you fit and healthy.
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.
6. Ask you trainer what she or he does to keep educated in the field.
An educated trainer will get better results and provide
variety to keep you engaged and motivated in your workouts.
7. When you are late it is a waste of your money, a waste of my time and disrespectful.
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.
8. There is a difference between pain and burn and you need to be honest with your trainer about which you’re feeling.
If you push so hard that you injure yourself, we both lose.
9. Whatever the text or email says, it can wait until we’re done.
And no, you cannot text and put forth 100 percent effort at the same time.
10. I do not have time to get sick.
Cancel your session if you’re carrying germs.
11. Gear matters.
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.
12. Remember that a 30-minute session at max effort is better - and cheaper - than 60 minutes of dawdling and half-effort.
13. Stop whining and push through those last few reps.
Sources: Personal trainers in Vermont, Florida, California and Louisiana