HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PERSONAL TRAINING INVESTMENT
I’ve worked in the fitness industry for a long time and if there is one thing I know to be one hundred percent true, it’s this; the fitness industry is filled with thousands of people, wasting millions of dollars who will never achieve their goals. Why? What quality is it that determines the success of a client? Pretend for a moment you are a football coach. What determines whether an athlete makes your team or gets cut? The superstar athlete with the most talent is not going to be the only one to make the team.
There are going to be many other players that are successful at making the roster. How is the selection going to be made, and what qualities as a coach would you look for? I am guessing you would probably look for the athlete that is coachable and gives 110% percent all the time. Now let me ask you the most important two question anyone has probably ever asked you as a training client:
#1. Is there any reason you would select a player to be a part of your team who isn’t coachable or willing to put in the work?
#2. How much time and effort would you be willing to devote to that athlete?
Successful athletes know exactly what is required of them and they would never dream of telling their coach no or get caught dead not putting in the work, knowing they otherwise would not make the team. Unfortunately, this is not the case in the fitness industry because in the complex client/coach relationship, the “athlete” pays the coaches salary.
I will be entirely honest with you; the fitness industry is extremely difficult to be successful working in. So much so, that the average career life of a personal trainer is less than a year. Let me tell you something; trainers quickly become experts at assessing a client’s coachability and willingness to put in the work. If you show your trainer that you’re going to be an un-coachable athlete, unwilling to put in the work it takes to be successful; they will gladly take your money in exchange for chatting with you for an hour and making you feel a little bit better about yourself because you regularly go to the gym to “workout” with your trainer.
Those clients usually do not last long. They do not see any actual results and question why they are spending thousands of dollars on something that isn’t working. They then move on to try Pilates, or barre, or spin, or some other group fitness fad. They stick with it for a brief time, do not see results, and continue the cycle. DON’T BE THIS CLIENT!!!
The purpose of this article is not to tell you how rough trainers have it. Rather, to reveal to you how to get the most out of your training. We understand what it takes to make the team and the same drive that was in our coaches, it is in us. It is a rarity when God reaches down, and hand delivers a personal trainer a coachable client with the same willingness to succeed as an athlete desperate to make the team. After thanking their lucky stars, they take all our effort and pour it in to that client. That client is the reason trainers become trainers. It is fun and comes natural for trainers to push that individual to be successful.
I have seen those clients be successful working with great coaches and with coaches who have hardly any idea what they are doing. If your struggling to see results, before blaming your trainer, ask yourself how much effort you are putting in. If you were an athlete wanting to make the cut; would you? Are you showing your coach your willing to do what it takes? Trainers do not sign up expecting every client to be a superstar athlete. Your abilities have absolutely no impact on the effort your coach is willing to put into you.
If your mind went straight to that excuse, then that is a problem and you are probably the un-coachable, unwilling to work client I am talking about. If you want to get the most out of your training, tell your coach. Start by having a conversation with coach, letting them know you are willing to put in the effort it takes to achieve your goals. Tell your coach you want to be pushed and that even when you do not want to do something, if they ask, you will.
More importantly, show them! You will immediately notice a difference in the training you receive, the level of engagement, the positive energy, results will soon follow. If you do not want to get the most out of your training, trust me, they will gladly take your money as long as you are willing to give it to them.
Interview process of hiring a personal trainer
We are going to discuss the interview process of hiring a personal trainer. The decision that should not be taken lightly for it only does it affect your hiring a personal trainer health but also your state of well-being.
Hire a Personal Trainer
Do you want to be happy, healthy, and functionally fit well into your coming years? Are you noticing that it’s increasingly challenging to find the motivation to stay physically active? The good news: you don’t have to do it alone. A qualified Defined Personal Trainer can help you achieve your goals in more ways than you may have considered! Below are my top ten reasons why every person should hire a certified personal fitness trainer.
Reduce injury risk
Ignorance and poor execution are common catalysts for injury. A knowledgeable personal trainer will improve your exercise execution and skill so that you reduce your risk for injury and get the most out of each activity.
Personal trainers are inexpensive
It’s true! Most trainers will charge between $60 and $80 per session and many offer discounts if you buy a package of sessions. And what’s this worth to you?
Let’s say you purchase a four-session package at $70 per hour, which amounts to $280. Say you do one session per week, so your package is good for one month. Now, add up your luxury “feel good” monthly expenses for items such as clothes, shoes, cigarettes, dinners, alcohol, entertainment, etc. Is it more than $280? Most likely! Try cutting down a little (not completely) on some of these expenses and put some of your savings towards your health and future!
Long-term guidance and motivation
As we age, it gets harder to stay motivated towards exercise, so having a trainer guide and motivate you can keep you going. Certified personal trainers can provide structure and do the thinking for you so you can focus on the “doing” rather than the planning. Initially, you may need to see your trainer more often to get on the right track; however, once you have learned what to do and how to do it, you can spread your sessions out to every 3-4 weeks. Consider these sessions your “review, revise and revitalize” check-ups.
Your personal fitness trainer is there, waiting for you to show up. You can’t just find excuses not to go to the gym when someone is expecting you! Plus, your trainer reminds you of your reasons for wanting to exercise, and helps you understand why it’s so important even when you feel as though you could talk yourself out of it!
Variety and creativity
Trainers are professionals who are well versed in making exercise “fun” and more interesting by offering a wide variety of creative exercises. Too many of us get bored with our gym routines and start finding reasons not to go. Keep it interesting!
Learn life-long skills
The role of a personal trainer is to provide you with the right knowledge, resources, guidance, training and skills so that you can do “it” for yourself! He or she is there to support you as you work towards enhancing the quality of your life now and in the future. Let your trainer guide you and teach you how to be your own personal trainer!
Put the “personal” in your training
A skilled trainer will assess your specific needs, injuries, health conditions or training goals (that 10km race you’re dreaming about, for example). The trainer will then develop a personalized plan with clear timelines and short-term achievement goals that will safely and effectively enable you to succeed.
Learn effective and efficient techniques
Spending too much time at the gym with not enough results? Personal trainers can save you plenty of time and energy wasted doing inefficient workouts. They show you how to maximize your efforts and your results.
Lose stubborn fat
It can become increasingly challenging to lose fat as we age. Why? Four main reasons: loss of calorie burning muscle tissue, increase in caloric intake, decreased activity levels, and changes in hormone balance. A trainer can help you build and maintain muscle mass, increase caloric expenditure and refer you to the proper specialists to address any medical issues such as hormonal imbalances that may be impeding your success.
A trainer is a great resource
A good trainer usually has a network of other specialists in the areas of nutrition, naturopathic medicine, massage, and more. Your trainer can refer you to the right specialists for all your non-exercise health needs.
Set the stage for a healthier future
There is little any physician, personal trainer or pill can do for you, other than what you can do for yourself. Being willing to make real long-term changes in your life is an inside job. Hiring a qualified trainer, even temporarily, can set the stage for a healthier, happier and more functionally active future.
We all want to be healthy and happy well into our senior years. Why not let a qualified and certified personal trainer get you started in the right direction and spark your internal drive to continue your health and fitness program on your own with “revitalizing” check-ups every 3 to 4 weeks. After all, while our top ten reasons to hire a trainer are important, the number-one reason will always be your health and vitality!