The client – trainer relationship is a symbiotic one. Having already addressed what should be expected of a trainer, let’s look at what should be expected of the client…
Just as it’s important for the trainer to be up front and transparent with their clients, it’s necessary for the client to do the same. Disclosing full medical histories and revealing any potential barriers to exercise are just the beginning of this.
Trainers are not there to judge, they are there to help their clients. Don’t exaggerate how active you are to your trainer, don’t omit ‘naughty’ foods from your food diary because you feel guilty about it, or pretend you are keeping on track with their training program when really you aren’t. If you are honest with them, they can help and adapt. If you aren’t, you wont make the progress you want or maybe need to make.
Talk to your trainer, let them know what’s going on and what might be preventing you from adhering to your new regime. You’ll be much better off for it.
Why are you working with a trainer? Answer this question before you start. Trainers can help to motivate you, they can provide you the tools to succeed, but ultimately to see the progress and results that you want, the motivation needs to come from you as the client.
Now, the form that motivation takes can vary greatly – motivation can come from internal or external factors. The important thing is that you have some form of motivation, and you know what it is.
Do you want to improve your health? Improve your aesthetic physique? Improve your sporting ability? Have you been told you need to improve your posture, lose weight or get stronger by a doctor? All of these are legitimate motivations, and can spur you on to great success.
Just make sure you know what your motivation is, and tell your trainer what it is too.
There is no magic pill, or secret training formula that will give you results in “X Amount of Weeks”. Changing your body, your nutrition or improving your health can take a long time. Don’t feel disheartened if it takes time; it will be worth it in the long term.
Trainers aren’t magicians (unfortunately) and I can tell you from my own experiences with clients that it is frustrating for everyone when they don’t get the results they want when they want them. We are all incredibly impatient at times, and want everything yesterday. Stick with the process, trust the hard work you’re putting in and realize that progress is not a linear thing… it’s more of a scatter graph.
If you’re struggling mentally, or feeling discouraged, again I give you the same advice – talk to your trainer. They are there to help and might be able to show you where progress is being made, even if you feel like you’re standing still.
4. INVEST IN YOU
Personal training is itself an investment, but what I mean by this is as the client you need to put in as many hours, as much effort, and as much passion into your training as your trainer does. Turning up late for sessions, cancelling at the last minute, sacking off training because you can’t be bothered – all you’re doing is creating barriers for yourself.
Your trainer should be providing you the tools to succeed, so use them. Absorb every bit of information you can and apply it. Create and open dialogue with your trainer to le them know how everything is going.
Just paying a personal trainer wont get you fit and healthy, it’s putting in the hard yards that will make the difference. It can be tough, exhausting and leave you aching head-to-toe some days, but if you work at it, invest the time and effort into yourself and to achieving your goals, you will get there.
If there’s any other things you feel we’ve left off of this list, comment below and let us know!
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