Before You Hire A Personal Trainer…

Think about what you want to accomplish.  More importantly, think about why.

Still even more importantly, be specific… VERY specific about why the time is NOW.  You can start a training program any time.  What’s so special about today?

Above all, don’t ever tell a trainer, “I just want to get in shape”.  That means absolutely nothing.

What kind of shape do you want to be in?  Are you an actor and have to look a certain part for a role? Or do you just want to have your pre-(food)-baby body back? What’s your prime motivator – aesthetics or performance?

What do you want to be able to do that you can’t do right now?  What prevents you from picking up your grandkids without back pain?  Being able to tie your own shoes?  Breaking tackles at the line of scrimmage?

How will you measure progress?  Subjectively, by the way you ‘feel’? (that’s not necessarily a bad thing)  Or do you need something more concrete, like your V02max, body composition, maximal strength in a particular movement or do you have a closet full of clothes you can’t quite fit into anymore?  How will you know when fitness has “arrived”?  Measurement eliminates argument.

Also, don’t ever say, “I’m just looking for a new workout routine”.  If that’s truly the case, go to any bookstore and head directly to the magazine rack.  Every month, you get a supply of new workouts for about $4 per issue.  Many titles offer more than one workout, too.
(never mind the fact that most of ’em are the same regurgitated bodybuilding-style workouts from the 1970s.  You only said you wanted a new routine – no mention of the results you’re after)

For about $20, you can avoid all the supplement ads and subscription cards and buy an actual book that’ll go into greater detail about the particular training program than a magazine would ever have space to do.

Now that you know what you want and why, what are you willing to give up to achieve your goal(s)?

There’s the obvious financial commitment.  But what about those comfort food binges?  Excuses for missed workouts?  Lack of meal planning?  Can you give up those, too?

There’s nothing wrong with having priorities other than those that are fitness-related.  Just don’t expect a trainer to be your ‘enabler’.  We’re never going to tell you it’s okay that you had a deep-fried Snickers bar ‘because you felt a little sad’ or because you ‘just wanted to try it’.  It probably does taste good.  Fat and sugar can have that effect.

But even without the ‘expertise’ of a trainer, you already know THAT’S not going to help you achieve your goals.


One Comment

  1. And be prepared to walk away if trainer isn’t listening to what you’re saying, tries to sell you supplements, or (if you’re female) assumes you want to “tone”.


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