So after months of deliberation, you finally decide to hire a PT to help whip you in to shape. You’re tired of being overweight, unfit, and not knowing what to do about it.
You do your due diligence and find someone who seems to know what they’re doing, has a good track record, and who you click with. Now it’s time to get to work.
Based upon my experiences in two plus years of coaching, here are 7 things that separate successful clients from unsuccessful ones.
1. Train at least 2-3 times a week. Twice is good, three is better. This way you get consistent reinforcement of proper technique, and the sessions are managed appropriately. No dumb exercises or time wasting.
2. Commit to at least three months up front. Change takes time, and if you stop training with a PT after month, you could be losing out on potential results. Get serious and lock it in for at least three months.
3. Establish some concrete goals up front. Together with your PT, come up with a specific, realistic goal. Instead of ‘I want to get fit’, say something like ‘I want to fit into my old jeans’ or ‘I want to get fit enough to do a Spartan Race’. Don’t stop until you’ve achieved that goal.
4. Have tunnel vision. Being interested is a good thing, but information overload is not. If you are constantly looking at Instagram and reading about different training methods, it will be hard to keep your eyes on the prize. Trust your coach and trust the process.
5. Check in often. The clients who make progress tend to ‘check in’ with their coach outside of training sessions, especially in the first couple of months. This may be as simple as telling them you just did a workout, or showing them your diet log for the day. This way, you’re kept accountable and are more likely to take positive action.
6. Train alone. Training with a coach is great, but at some point you have to branch out and train alone too (with your coach’s guidance). It needs to become a part of your life. If your PT hasn’t taught you enough so you can train alone, something is wrong.
7. Be honest. If you aren’t getting what you want from personal training, sit down and discuss it with your coach. Are they holding up to their end of the bargain? Are you? If not, why? Anything less than 100% effort is wasting both your time.For coaching enquiries, please go here –> http://bit.ly/29XNQSQ