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>Your personal trainer: What to expect in the first visit!

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Want to know what to expect from your first personal training session? Slightly nervous he or she is going to take one look at you and say “no no no you are a lost cause”? Don’t worry there is no such thing as a lost cause and if any personal trainer ever says that to you then he or she is not the kind of person you need working with you!

What you need is someone who is going to fight for your corner and have your goals as their one and only goal. Someone who knows just when to shout at you to dig deeper or give you a gentle helping word of advice when you admit to struggling to keep on track.

 In your first session with your personal trainer expect to answer a lot of questions! It helps to maybe think about these before hand so you come prepared.

Expect to discuss you current eating habits . . .

There are the obvious ones like, what are your goals, how much exercise are you currently doing etc. But your personal trainer may delve a little deeper than that and ask about your current food and water intake, what times you eat, how you prepare your meals etc. If they haven’t asked you to do it, maybe think about using your own initiative and filling out a food diary for a week or so before you meet, it may give you and the trainer a valuable insight into what changes you need to make to help you meet your fitness goals. My trainer is called Thelma and I haven’t really introduced you to her yet, but if you want to learn more about her and the buggyfit classes she also runs, you can check her out here . .  as long as you don’t try to book the training times I like!)

So the questions are out of the way, now onto the fitness. Expect a fitness test of some sort. You may be put through your paces on a range of standard activities such as the amount of push-ups, sit ups and tricep dips you can do in a given amount of time. Don’t worry if you can’t do all the exercises as well as you’d have hoped, remember this is an initial measurement of your fitness and provides a base measurement on which you will improve on as time goes by.

Everyone is different and will be starting from different fitness levels so it’s no use comparing your fitness results with friends.  Also, what you may want goal wise will be different, someone who has just had a child and is struggling with her pelvic floor muscles will have different needs and physical weaknesses / strengths than a seasoned runner looking on building more variety into their training routine. Hiring a personal trainer, well the clue is in the title really, it’s a personal thing so focus on you and on how your relationship will help you reach your goals.

You should come away from your first session  perhaps slightly sore from the fitness test but confident about your new personal trainer, that he or she has the skills, knowledge and personality you require to push and direct you towards a healthier, fitter you.

This is what I got from my first meeting anyway. I left with a clear sense of direction and a renewed motivation to fuel my body with the right foods and exercise in a specific and meaningful way. My trainer seemed to ‘get’ me. She knew straight away that I was the type to talk my way out of anything and played hardball with me. Rather than running a mile I respected her approach and made me take stock.

If your experiences differed with your first personal training session, I’d love to hear your stories. Was it an awful experience or simply a different one, but positive in it’s own way?!

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  1. Roberta Collins

    September 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Is it unusual to have more than one person with you in your sessions with your personal trainer? I currently have a personal trainer and there are sometimes 2 to 3 extra people working out in our sessions. That is the way he works. He is great but I miss the one on one. I haven’t had any progress reports or assessments. I thought a personal trainer was one on one and just want to make sure I am right in my thinking. Thanks

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    • Circus Mum

      September 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Roberta,
      You may find yourself sharing sessions, my sessions were 2:1 but this is something that should be agreed to before hand and I knew this going in that it would be this way.
      If you are paying a discounted rate for your session, it could be because it is being split between a number of you. If you are paying for 1:1 sessions but the instructor is doubling up his clients without your consent, it’s definitely worth you having a word with him/her as it isn’t fair!

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  2. Tinuke B

    May 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    >I know what you mean, I don't think I realised how influential one person could be to my every day choices!
    Really looking forwards to seeing you both and us meeting out goals!

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  3. Simone

    May 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    >Great post Tin……we LOVE Thelma! Suddenly the whole "personal trainer" thing makes sense to me since meeting her :)

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  4. Tinuke B

    May 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    >Oooh ok how's this for motivation? I have the 30 day shred DVD at home too and never took it out of its plastic since last year… Tell me when you start and I'll do it too, that wy we can hold ourselves accountable to one another!

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  5. Kate Ladd

    May 4, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    I have always wanted a personal trainer – just never been able to afford one. I work better under pressure of someone encouraging me to do well etc. I think when I am fully over this cold and Youngling is over the Pox then I will FINALLY be able to start my 30 Day Shred. Apparently the instructor is like a personal army sergeant so I should see results quite quickly lol. I would hate to discuss my eating habits with anybody. And that pic has made me hungry now – thanks ;-) xx

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