How To Be Successful With Your Trainer

18 Feb

I wrote this post for my company blog today but I thought I would share it here as well.

How To Be Successful With Your Trainer
I have been a NASM certified personal trainer for the last four years and I also have a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois. I work for a company called LifeStart which is a corporate fitness company and almost all of the employee’s have some sort of personal training certification or a degree in an exercise science related field.  This gives us the ability to work as personal trainers for the clients that workout at our fitness centers. If you have ever worked with a trainer you may know how helpful it can be in helping you reach your fitness goals whatever they may be.  There are a few things you can do to make sure you are achieving your fitness goals as rapidly as you should be.

  • Check your trainers certifications: Make sure that your trainer either has a NCCA accredited certification (ACSM, NASM, ACE, NSCA, IFPA, NFPT, NESTA, or NCSF) OR has a degree in an exercise related field.  You may also want to ask what their background is with different types of individuals.
  • Do your homework. You are guaranteed an excellent workout whenever you are meeting with your trainer but if that is only one or two times a week you are going to need to be exercising on your own as well.  If you are focusing mainly on strength training with your PT make sure you are doing cardio on your own.  Your trainer should be able to give you recommendations on what type of cardio to be doing, intensity level and duration.
  • Don’t forget about nutrition! While working out is a great component of weight loss and achieving fitness goals, you can’t eat whatever you want and still expect to achieve a six pack.  You must try and follow a healthy eating pattern most of the time.  If you are unsure what to do ask for help from a nutritionist.  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking “Well I worked out today so I can eat this cupcake and large latte.” It doesn’t work that way, ESPECIALLY if you are trying to lose weight.
  • COMMUNICATE: If you are not happy with the way your working out, say so.  If you are unsure what a specific exercise is working, ask.  If you are having a hard time staying motivated, express your feelings.  Your PT wants you to succeed as much as you want to so they will do everything possible in order to help get you there, but if you don’t give any feedback then it will be really hard for them too fully help you.

If you follow these 4 simple guidelines you should have an excellent experience with your personal trainer!

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