Hiring a personal trainer is a great first step to overhaul your fitness regime. Personal trainers are suitable for everyone, regardless of their current fitness level. But if you’ve never had a personal training session before, it’s natural you are curious about what to expect. (Image Credit: Jonathan Borba/Unsplash)
The good news is that if you’re feeling a little nervous, the session will be a lot more upbeat and informative than you might expect. Here’s our advice on what to look forward to at your first personal training session.
A Thorough Consultation
Before any of the work begins, your personal trainer is going to want to assess your current fitness level. They might ask you to do certain exercises such as sit-ups, squats, burpees, etc. to assess your current fitness level. They’ll also take a look at your measurements and weight. Some gyms also have machines that can calculate your body fat percentage and hydration levels.
Even though it might seem a little daunting, don’t be afraid of this step. Your trainer isn’t there to judge you, they just need to know what they’re working with to be able to best help you. The consultation will also allow you to vocalize your goals as well as anything that’s been holding you back up to now.
A Tailored Workout Plan
From looking at the results of your consultation, your personal trainer will develop a plan of action. They will identify any weak spots and suggest a series of exercises. This may cover pre-workout nutrition, machines in the gym as well as free weights. Even if you are looking to tone up a particular area, your plan will usually be all-inclusive so that your training is consistent. After all, muscles are all interconnected so it’s important to strengthen the supporting ones too.
What’s great about personal trainers is that they’ll give you a walkthrough of each exercise. By coaching you through it, they’ll make sure your form is on point. That way, you won’t injure or overexert yourself. Plus, it’s much easier than trying to figure everything out yourself. They’ll support you through each repetition and give you encouragement and reassurance throughout.
You’ll Enjoy It Way More Than You Think
Most people think of exercise as something they have to do, rather than the highly enjoyable activity it can be. If you’re apprehensive, you’re probably not expecting to have an amazing session. Especially if this will be your first time working out with a personal trainer! But, given the benefits of exercise extend to our mental as well as our physical health, you could be in for a pleasant surprise with the endorphin hit you’ll get after.
Even if you haven’t worked out in years, most people leave their first personal training session on a real high. The consultation can be a constructive way to unload your insecurities about your physique. That’s because you’re talking to someone who has the knowledge to help you. Plus, it will put you in a great frame of mind to know you are taking action to solve something you are unhappy about.
To Sum Up
If it’s not already abundantly clear, what to expect at your first personal training session is a super upbeat experience that will genuinely help you achieve your goals. Personal trainers spend their entire day helping people of all fitness levels. By seeking their expert advice, you can speed up your progress which would be way slower if you were to go it alone.