Talk With Your Trainer

WalkerAre You Communicating With Your Trainer?

You finally made the decision to invest in a personal trainer.  What is the most critical component of this relationship?  Good work-out shoes?  Proper attire?  While both important – the most important and critical component of meeting your fitness goals is communication.  Your trainer can provide certain benefits including some of the tips listed below:

Tips in Looking for a Personal Trainer:

  • Individualized program – your trainer can help with your personal goals whether you have a chonic  health condition, an injury, or want to run in a marathon.  Also, a trainer will work with you and your health care provider to plan a safe, efficient program that addresses your concerns so you can reach your health goals.
  • Efficiency – your trainer will keep you focused on results and and help you stop wasting time on inefficient workouts.  You will have a plan that will get you maximum results in minimum time.
  • Break through plateaus – while not in bad shape, you may have been in that same place for years.  Or you are stuck in the same routine and need to get out of a rut.  A personal trainer will be the perfect solution.  You can get a jump-start on your motivation as well as your routine.
  • Motivation – a trainer can provide the structure and accountability you need to stick with a consistent program. 
  • Workout Safety – a trainer will monitor your vitals, watch out for your form, and will offer objective feedback about your limits and strengths.  How often have you ignored subtle signals your body provides?  You either have pushed through the pain or given up too soon.  Your trainer will be on your side and will watch you carefully to adjust your fitness regimen.

You have now made an important decision in hiring a personal trainer.  Remember to ask these important questions. 

  1. What are your qualifications and Certifications?  A qualified trainer has an education in physiology, health promotion, athletic training and kinesiology.  Certification should be from a reputable organization such as ACE (American Council on Exercise), ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) or NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) or any similiar organization.
  2. What are your policies and procedures?  A personal trainer should have a documented policy explaining services, costs, cancellations, length of contract if any, and emergency procedures.

Now that you have established your relationship with a personal trainer, review the following tips:

Tips to Help Communicate With Your Trainer:

  • Discuss specific goals – Do you want to lose a certain amount of weight?  A flatter stomach?  Tone your arms? Or run your first 5K?
  • Discuss your medical history and be truthful – Your trainer needs to know about any blood pressure concerns.  Your trainer needs to know about any medications you are taking.  Let your trainer know that you are diabetic, have chronic heart disease that would limit a work-out session or you have had recent surgeries.  Let your trainer know about your sleep patterns and your stress level.
  • Discuss your recent history of getting in shape attempts.  Tell your trainer what has worked for you in the past and what you thought did not.
  • Share what motivates you – Your trainer can provide structure and accountability, and help you develop a lifestyle that encourages health.

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