I thought I'd spear 5 mins to give you a few tips on how to get the most out of your personal training sessions from a coaches perspective. Utilise these tips to get the most out of your sessions and make more progress.
So let's kick it off.
Be on time - Tick Tock Tick Tock Obvious one really if you not here we cannot help you. 60min's (the length of most sessions) is already a short period of time. So in order to maximise it show up 5mins beforehand. I get it sometimes you going to be running late its just the way life is, and that's absolutely fine traffic, kids, lost car keys believe me I've heard it all just don't make it a habit as it eats into your time and our ability to get you results.
Ask Questions - Other than being there on time if there is one key predictor of those who gets better results than others its this one. There is a strong correlation between those who ask questions and those who reach their goals. This is because the more questions you ask, the more knowledgable you become. This translates to better food choices, better technique on movements and better results overall. Also, don't think you're bothering us with questions asking questions shows that you're interested in improving yourself and we are always more than happy to help those who want to be helped!
Communicate - You might be surprised to find out that we cannot read minds. Sure I have nifty little tricks to figure out things like how hard an exercise is or if you have been slacking on your diet. But I can't decipher everything, so my ability to provide you with the most comprehensive service possible relies on you speaking and communicating with me. I need to understand why you're struggling with your diet or what feels off during the exercise so I can adjust accordingly.
Quite the go hard or go home mentality - Sure there is a time to go big and slap so many iron wheels on the bar it bursts the blood vessels in your eye. But when we tell you to reign it in it's not because we are trying to hold you back. We are saving in you from injury. I will not allow clients to load up heavy barbells until they fully understand the technique of the lift, can demonstrate the technique correctly and have realistic expectations of how fast they can progress. You don't make any progress when you have to rest up for three months due to injury. The best thing I can teach you is technique and then enforce it so many times you forget what anything over than proper technique feels like.
Just a couple of ways you can get the most out of your personal training sessions.