Congratulations! You have made a huge step towards a new lifestyle change. I know it is a bit scary. You don’t know what you are getting yourself into but I assure you that you’ll get a huge return on your investment. However, before you go on, I need you to read this short post. In order for you to get the most bang for your bucks, you need to consider these simple tips before you hire your next trainer, it will save you money, time and assure you that you’ll get the desired results.
Know what you want.
Like any other field, you will always hear of some professionals who have a bad reputation or just plainly sucks, and in this case, the fitness industry does not have any shortage of ‘’suckiness’’. However, the fault is not always on the trainers per say. The clients are as responsible as the trainers.
I believe that every trainer has something to offer to everyone, even the worst ones. Finding the right one for you is your biggest challenge. How can you know if it’s ‘’Ze one’’? Make yourself a plan and run them through it. If you don’t know where you are going, how do you expect the trainer to help you reach your goals? Having goals like ‘’be healthy’’ or ‘’I want to lose weight’’ does not cut it. And again, how can you know if the trainer helps you if you don’t have some numbers to prove that he or she does what is expected? At large goals are just good for procrastination and low expectations. Even if you have long-term goals and money to spend, I suggest you look into it. Have a plan and let them know, even if it changes along the way, you know they can work with numbers, not just nice words.
Get a live consultation
I absolutely hate having calls for information. I make it a point to meet everyone in person before I work with them for one reason, I know if I can work with someone in about 5 minutes into our first ever meeting. The body language, where they look when I talk to them and ask questions and what question they ask first. If you tell me these phrases in the first minutes of the consult, I can’t help you…
‘’I know I eat well’’
So what you are really saying is that you really, absolutely, god forbiddingly hope that I don’t take out your already shitty eating habits or else you might think of committing suicide. You got fat, out of shape, lazy, unhealthy because of it, so expect the worse. It’s going to get easier, I’ll make a believer out of you.
‘’I just need a kick in the ass’’
I don’t run a daycare, so if you expect me to call before our appointment, to get you out of bed or to pick you up when you are down, I’m not the guy and most probably any trainer that I know. Pick yourself up the first few weeks and you will be able to kick your own ass, only then will I be able to really give you the beating you are looking for. (Figure of speech, of course)
‘’I tried every diet that exists and they all failed’’
YOU failed. First you saw it as ‘’the answer to WEIGHTLOSS’’. But like any other person who starts a diet, they restrict everything and they expect to lose weight yesterday. This is and should be a lifestyle, not just something you should do for 2 weeks. If that’s what you are looking for, I really can’t help you.
‘’I want to look like her (insert magazine picture here)’’
Most of them bring a picture of a fitness girl, which is a great goal by my standards. But are you ready to commit like they do? All year? That’s what I thought…I’m not saying that it’s not possible, but we have to be realistic…If you have the shape of Roseanne Barr and want to look like Jamie Eason in three months, I have nothing about optimistic goals, but reality comes first. Let’s start with the first twelve weeks and prove us that you are a diamond in the rough.
Get your evaluation
Skilled trainers will evaluate you on the first session. I am not talking about 3-4 questions on the edge of the counter; it should be a good full body evaluation that consists of strength and length tests, body composition and a nutritional analysis. Some may have more or less, but at least some numbers and plan should be in the works. I must put a big emphasis on the ‘’bodyfat’’ part. In my opinion, doing a thorough bodyfat analysis by a skilled trainer is a must, a necessity.
Point being that if you are really serious about losing weight, you have to look at fat loss, not weight loss, as weight loss may be bringing you backwards and fat loss will make your results last. Losing fat tissue will get you leaner and you’ll know that your trainer is leading you in the right direction. On the other hand, if you try to pull a fast one on the trainer, he will gladly let you know that you must have been doing something wrong. If you have been doing everything he told you, then you know something is wrong with his advice and coaching. If you haven’t, then you only have yourself to blame. A great trainer will also re-test you almost every 3 to 4 weeks, even sooner. I often test them once a week, just to show them that results can come as fast as the effort they put into it. If results are scarce, then we can readjust before it can get worst.
Be true to yourself and your trainer will be a much better one. Our job goes beyond just watching you train. I make it a must to remember and write down all the little symptoms of each clients and relating it to some concerns and bad results. Co-relating these problems with a lack of or great results just makes my life easier and my clients happier when I pinpoint the problem and fix it. I must thank most of my clients who are as dedicated as I am to having results and they greatly help me by learning how their body reacts to junk, stress, training and anything that will influence their results.
Some trainers that thrive to kill each and every one of their clients might impress you, but maybe it’s not the solution. Even tough you might think you need a kick in the butt, all you might need is guidance, only if you let us guide you…
They have to look at 1. a coach that evaluates them (little rundown of the evals), 2. a coach that practice what he/she preach. 3. Look for past results like before and after proof. 4. The client side, they need realistic goals, 5. Be able to voice their goals properly. 6. What to expect while training one on one.