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5 tips for using a personal trainer for the first time

November, 2021

Signing up to use a personal trainer can be pretty daunting.

You are taking steps to boost your fitness, reach your goals, and it is best to be prepared for your first session. However, you are probably wondering where to begin especially if you haven’t used a PT before.

That’s why I’ve come up with 5 tips that will help you to get the most out of using a personal trainer.

1.  Be realistic with your goals

Getting ready for your first PT session can be incredibly motivating; however, being realistic about what you can achieve is important too.

Whether you are setting yourself a goal for the start of the year or have just decided to get back in shape, you need to acknowledge that you won’t achieve everything right away. Luckily, a personal trainer can help to set expectations, so you can set goals that are realistic and achievable.

2.  Hydrate before your workout

Hydration is vital to good exercise as it helps to maintain normal muscle function and ensures that your workout is as effective as possible.

Bring water with you to your PT sessions but hydrate sufficiently before you begin. Also, eating a healthy snack prior to exercising (30 minutes to an hour before) will ensure that your performance won’t drop off half way through.

3.  Ask questions during your session

Using a personal trainer for the first time can feel a bit intimidating but you aren’t expected to know everything at the start.

If you aren’t sure how to use gym equipment properly or you have questions about a jogging route, ask your PT. This ensures that you are completely comfortable and confident in what you are doing and your personal trainer is aware of any issues you have. Being comfortable at asking questions can also help strengthen the relationship between yourself and your personal trainer.

4.  Get a recap when you’ve finished

After the first session with your personal trainer you will likely be feeling pumped and full of confidence. However, remembering what you did and how you performed is important as it allows you to track your progress overtime and this will help you to achieve your challenge.

Also, it is a good idea to ask for any advice for your next session and what you will be covering – this ensures you will be properly prepared and raring to go.

5.  Stick with it

Even if the first session didn’t go as well as you planned and your fitness levels might not be as good as you think, stick with your PT.

The whole idea of having a personal trainer is to build up your physical condition and reach your goals over time. It isn’t going to happen overnight and the more exercise you get with a professional who can help, the more positive impact the sessions will have on your physical and mental health.

If you are eager to get started with a personal trainer and take your first steps to better physical and mental health, get in touch today.

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