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?!