Ultimate Guide To Personal Training: Everything You Need To Get Started
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Personal training has become increasingly popular in the UK, especially as we become more and more aware of the incredible benefits of working out. However, not everyone is so sure of what to expect from personal training. Neither do they know how to find the ideal trainer and what to look for in their search. Well, if this sounds like you, then here’s everything you need to know.
First up, what is personal training exactly?
Personal training is whenever you hire a professional to help you achieve better results in the gym. Personal trainers come in all shapes and sizes and from different backgrounds. They all hold varying levels of experience and qualifications and can all help you achieve different things.
For example, professional athletes use personal trainers to help them improve their endurance and to benefit their main sport. Whilst every day people use personal training as a way to reinvigorate their workouts and lead healthier lives.
Who can benefit from personal training?
Let’s not beat around the bush here … Everyone can benefit from personal training! Yep, that’s right. Experience has shown that people from all walks of life can achieve serious results through personal training at the gym. The benefits on offer from weightlifting can improve all aspects of your life, as well as your performance in other sports.
Even if you have no ambitions to compete as a weightlifter or to even run a marathon, personal training can help you achieve a healthier body and mind and to be more focused in everything you do. Here’s a quick rundown of the benefits of personal training.
● Trainers can help you to add variety to old and boring workouts
● Personal trainers can act as motivators to help you lift more and push your body further
● Personal trainers can help you to fix your diet and ensure you give your body the nutrition it needs
● If you train for a different sport, then time spent with a personal trainer will allow you to discover new strength and to push your muscles further
● If you suffer from injury, personal trainers can help you with ways to overcome these
Can you really afford a personal trainer?
One of the biggest misconceptions with regards to personal training is that it’s overpriced and unaffordable. In fact, even if you’re passionate about working out and exercising, you might well be holding yourself back from achieving the body you deserve, due to this one core concern. Well, believe it or not, we would go so far as to say that 80% of the British public can afford a personal trainer.
But the reason they don’t hire one is not due to a lack of money, but instead, it’s due to a lack of priorities. Did you know that we each spend an average of £60 when on a night out partying? Sure, for some people this would be less but for others it is much, much more. Well, even at just £60 a night, you could instead use that money to purchase two personal training sessions.
That’s right, instead of spending such a large amount on one night you’ll soon forget, you could instead gain access to 2 very important and very worthwhile sessions with a trainer. Sessions that you will benefit from for months and years to come as your body has the chance to grow stronger and your mind has the chance to learn new workout methods.
At £60 a night, you could easily spend as much as £1000 or more a year just on drink and clubs. That money could instead earn you more than 30 personal training sessions. That’s 30 sessions that will leave you ending the year on a personal high, as opposed to a financial low. So here’s a more serious question, can you really afford NOT to hire a personal trainer?
Important questions to ask when looking for a personal trainer
Great! Now that we’ve covered the importance of personal training and how you can go about saving money and putting it towards improving your health, it’s time to help you find the right trainer. If you’re a member of a gym, then there it’s likely that they already have trainers working there regularly. So speak to a member of the team.
But it is also a good idea to search your local area and find freelance trainers who help clients at multiple gyms. We recommend doing your homework and speaking to at least five or six trainers until you get a good idea of who’s right for you. As a part of this search, here are 5 key questions you should be asking each person.
1. “What experience do you have?”
It’s important that your trainer holds actual experience training others. You might be able to get a less experienced trainer at a cheaper rate, but you need to make sure they know what they’re doing.
2. “What areas do you specialise in?”
The aim is to find a trainer who possesses the specific knowledge you are looking for. Such as a sports-specific background or someone who is used to catering to first-time gym-goers and getting them set up.
3. “Can you show proof of your results?”
It’s always good to go for a trainer who can prove to you that they know how to get results. Nowadays, most decent trainers have a website that includes a portfolio of some of their past clients.
4. “What is your flexibility in terms of scheduling?”
It’s good to find a trainer who’s schedule matches up with yours. Some trainers only work certain days of the week or have limited availability on weekends.
5. “What’s your preferred method of motivation?”
This one’s surprisingly important. How do you best react to encouragement? Are you a tough love kind of person, or someone who prefers gentle encouragement? Make potential trainers aware of your preference and see if their style matches yours.
Common FAQs people have when it comes to personal training
If you’re just getting started in the world of personal training, then it’s perfectly natural to have plenty of questions. Don’t worry, everyone has them and no question is a stupid one. So hopefully, we can help put your mind at ease with answers to these most common questions.
“How quick will I see results?”
There is no specific answer to this, instead, it depends on a number of variables. Such as how often you work out, how fit you currently are and how strict you are with your dieting. However, many people who regularly receive training sessions can expect noticeable results within 2 to 3 months.
“What should I wear on my first session?”
Whatever you feel comfortable working out in. Ideally, this will be breathable clothing that allows you to sweat and avoid overheating.
“What can I expect to do on my first session?”
As opposed to working out heavily, your first session will usually be a sit-down meeting. Here, you will cover what you are looking to achieve and then creating a targeted plan to reach your desired goals.
“How and when will I pay my trainer?”
This all depends on the trainer, so it’s best to ask them. But if you pay for a large batch of lessons upfront, then you usually get a cheaper overall deal.
“How will I measure results?”
Your trainer will likely advise you to take progress pictures of your body every week or so. That way, you can compare images over time and see the transformation taking place.
“What happens if I’m not feeling well or need to cancel?”
You should contact your trainer as far in advance as possible. They might be able to reschedule, so long as you give them suitable notice.
“What should I eat beforehand?”
Nothing too heavy, but a decent amount of carbs around 2 to 3 hours before your workout. Try to drink plenty of water as well, so as to avoid dehydrating during the session.
The exact answers to these might vary slightly depending on your chosen trainer. And there’s a good chance you’ve got even more questions! Feel free to ask these to your chosen trainer and they will be more than happy to help prepare you for the exciting road ahead.
Personal training at Ultimate Fitness Birmingham
In case you’ve been wondering, yes, we do help offer personal training sessions at UFB! Many of our members use personal training as a great method to educate themselves when just starting out exercising. Other long-term members regularly receive one or two sessions a month so as to continue to learn new skills and reinvigorate their workouts.
The body quickly gets used to new routines so personal trainers are a great way to keep workouts varied and to keep muscles guessing and growing. We have a varied team of trainers who help most of our members, so would recommend speaking to our team and getting in contact with them. You can learn more about our personal trainers here.