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:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

I do not have time to get sick


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

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.

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Think quality, not quantity


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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