Should you invest in Personal training:
If you can relate to the following questions then you will more than likely benefit from 1-2-1 personal training
- Do you follow a structured program that will get you the results you desire?
- What is your goal and do you know the steps that need to be taken to reach that target?
- When it comes to nutrition, do you know when to eat, what to eat and how much to eat?
- Do you know how to successfully execute and perform exercises in order to get the most out of your training?
- Do you suffer with self-confidence or lack motivation and drive?
Don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help if you want to take your training and nutrition to the next level. I’m now going to explain in more detail why personal training can be extremely beneficial, and what key factors need to be considered in order for you to be successful in your fitness journey.
Have you ever tried to reach your goal but struggled with…
There is nothing worse than turning up to the gym and feeling like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Having no structure or any direction of what to do or where to go will only leave you scratching your head. Programming doesn’t have to be complicated to achieve results, but this can be overwhelming when you need to consider exercise selection/rep ranges/tempo/rest periods/training systems/de-loads etc.
When it comes to optimising your performance and recovery, nutrition will play a pivotal role in fuelling and re-fuelling. One of the added benefits of having a personal trainer is that they will be able to guide you on what foods to eat and how to put together a tailored diet specific to you. This will include optimising calorie intake/macronutrient ratios/food timings/supplementation/pre & post workout nutrition/hydration (water intake) and much more. I would highly recommend checking out either Ben Coomber or Phil Learney if you’re wanting in-depth knowledge on all the above points. Furthermore, if you need inspiration on how to get more creative with your food, check out a previous blog post of mine “nutritious snacks”
Exercise execution & movement patterns
Exercise execution and how we apply tension within our training will play a pivotal role in determining the results we achieve. Executing a movement effectively will have a number of benefits ranging from injury prevention, full range of motion (ROM), maximising results and efficiency. Poor execution will lead to below average results and leave you wondering why progression feels very slow or none existent. Check out my previous blog post “Exercise execution & how to apply tension” for more tips on how to improve your gym performance.
Over the last few years this is something I have come across time and time again. The gym environment can be a daunting experience and not just for the newbies. I pride myself on being able to put my clients at ease within the first few minutes of starting a session. This is one of the most rewarding parts of the job for me, giving people the confidence to feel comfortable in an environment where they can keep fit and healthy.
If you have a busted pipe or clogged drain who would you call? Not the ghostbusters but surely a plumber. Never be afraid to seek out help from a fitness professional that has the knowledge and power to provide you with effectively life changing information.
Planning & Time Scales
Are you setting time frames for when you want to achieve a certain goal? Having a plan in place will not only hold you accountable but will ensure you are working towards a specific goal within a certain time frame. Once you have ticked off that specific goal you planned out you will then be able to make adjustments and new targets to work towards.
This goes without saying. Your personal trainer should be able to motivate you every session without fail. This doesn’t have to be in military format where it’s non-stop shouting for an hour, it simply means they should be able to get the best out of you. Drawing on my previous experiences in working with a wide scope of clients, finding a balance and knowing how to push someone’s buttons and make them tick is crucial to their success. Another added benefit of personal training is having someone there to help push you through difficult moments within your training sessions.
A huge benefit of having a personal trainer is that they hold you accountable on a daily basis. Something that tends to drive clients forward is the fear of not just letting yourself down, but the fear of letting your coach down. Personal training ensures that your progress is closely monitored and tracked to help provide you with the best possible results.
Do you suffer with bad posture and do you even know if you have bad posture?
Being able to sit and stand with good posture will allow you to work more efficiently and place less strain and stress on ligaments, joints and muscles. Having bad posture and poor mobility will affect how you operate both in and out of the gym. A useful tool I highly recommend is the foam roller, follow the link provided to see how you can make good use of this piece of equipment “Using a foam roller for spine mobilization and lower body rolling”
Have you ever tried to perform a movement in the gym and thought ‘that didn’t feel right’. A qualified coach will be able to identify good form and technique which will undoubtedly prevent injuries down the line. If you are constantly getting injured and unable to train due to a poor training approach, the help of a fitness professional will be highly beneficial.