How to get the most out of your personal training sessions
Congratulations if you have landed here, it means you have prioritised your health and wellness and are reaching out to experts to help you!
Personal training is one of the most important investments you may make in yourself and towards your health. It is the start of an exciting journey where you will understand your body and your personal limits in more detail than ever before. Most of our clients understand that this is no miracle overnight trick to weight loss or getting abs or gaining strength. But it is a structured and supportive plan that will probably get you the best results you have ever had. You will be working with a fitness expert and mentor who will guide you every step of the way.
So, if you’ve signed up to personal training or have been considering it for a while, and want to make the most out of every single session, then read on for our top tips on how to maximise this incredible journey.
It’s our top tip for a reason! Consistency is absolutely everything in your personal training journey. Without consistency, you won’t build the results you want. And without consistency, your trainer will not see you regularly enough to fully understand your body type, your weaknesses, your strengths and your progress.
As we all know, results that are long lasting do not come without the work. The more you train and the more seriously you take your fitness journey, the more you will get out of your personal training journey. So try not to cancel at the last minute. Plan your sessions at the start of every month. Make your sessions fit your schedule.
Turn up early and be prepared for your personal training sessions.
Just like you wouldn’t turn up late and unprepared for a work meeting, don’t turn up late and unprepared for a meeting with yourself, your trainer and most importantly for your body and health.
Turning up early is more than just about being prompt. It is about adopting a state of mind that will make you feel ready, focused and in the right mood to go after those fitness goals that you have set yourself.
Getting into your fitness clothes, getting your water bottle ready, setting out your equipment and clearing space should all be done ahead of time. These small actions will become like a routine you create for yourself to switch off from the day and prepare for your workout.
Staying present during your personal training sessions is a big one, and we are going to demystify this a little bit so you can truly apply this to each and every session going forward. This is about feeling every repetition, tuning into your breath, working with your body to push limits and set new personal bests.
If you are just going through the motions, disengaged, with one eye on the clock or your phone, your session is not going to deliver what you need. You get out of every personal training session, virtual or in person, exactly what you put in. These sessions aren’t just about improving your physical state, they are about boosting you mentally too.
And this isn’t just about results, this is about enjoyment. When you are truly present in any moment in life, you will find you enjoy it more, and every second of that experience will feel richer. So give this a try; in your next personal training session, turn your phone off, block out time in your diary so others know you are unavailable and start listening in to your breath, your body and your trainer.
Do your Homework
We absolutely agree that your personal training sessions are going to be at the centre of your health and wellness programme and they are going to set the pace for you. But we are with you for one, maybe two, maybe up to 4 hours a week if we are lucky. It is really important that for the 100’s of hours that we don’t see you in the week, that you continue to honour your commitments to your programme! So if your PT has asked you to do a 20 minute set on your own in between sessions, or if she has recommended recipes because you know your nutrition is greatly jeopardising your goals, then this is your homework! And this will make the difference between seeing great progress or stagnating, or even worse going backwards.
We do not sell any false promises, great results come from great dedication – but we will be your greatest cheerleader and spur you on. When we are not with you, we need you to stay on track!
“You can never out-train a bad diet.”
Don’t forget to smile!
This is your journey. We are going to push you out of your comfort zone to achieve great things, because that is exactly what you are paying for us to do! So don’t forget to smile and enjoy it. Not only will these send all the right messages to your body and brain as you are flooded with those wonderful endorphins but it will mean you look forward to sessions and go into them with the right attitude. No one wants to train a complaining, negative client who moans their way through sessions – it makes our job incredibly difficult, and the results don’t come easily. Your personal trainer will thrive off your energy!