Personal Trainer – How to Maximize Your Sessions


Topic Summary


Signing up and training with a trained, qualified and professional personal trainer is the wisest move one could make. It has been proven to boost:


  • Physic Activity
  • Workout/Training Attitude
  • Motivation and the ability to stick to a Workout Routine
  • Learning (New Strategies and Techniques)


In a nutshell, a qualified trainer will help you reach your goals by providing accountability and the tools you need to find success faster and with fewer setbacks.


Personal Trainer Fitness Programs


Fitness programs are aimed at helping you achieve your goals and objectives. These might include your desire to lose weight, run a marathon, build muscles or even discover general fitness improvements. As such, when you sign up with a trainer, you will have to fill out a form, which will include your medical history and your goals for the sessions. Leaving out any information because of embarrassment or in thinking that it is not important will compromise your training program and potentially your end results. This could also lead to injuries.

Professional personal trainers offer a variety of training programs. Deciding on the right trainer also incorporates choosing the right training program, since some trainers specialize in one style of teaching versus another. Some of the available programs include:


  • Customized Training Programs: This is mainly for those who feel they could train by themselves but require some guidelines. This program is aimed at those with a stronger knowledge of fitness and what it takes to reach their goals, and it is often best suited for those with few physical limitations or medical diagnoses.


  • One-on-One Personal Training Program: This program is aimed at those who require help and guidance throughout their workout process. This program is best for those looking to build muscles, seeking to participate in a particular competition, such as swimming or a marathon, or individuals who might need to modify all or most exercises due to existing medical conditions.


  • Group Personal Training: This training program is aimed at those who feel comfortable training with others who have similar goals. This program is best for those looking to lose weight or improve their personal fitness. It’s also a good option for individuals who need the most cost effective training sessions, since it is often less expensive to join a group versus training one-on-one.


  • Special Programs: This is mainly aimed at those who have busy professional schedules, injuries, wedding preparations or sports rehabilitation. These programs may be enhanced to help individuals see fast results, but they may not be sustainable for the long-term, so transitioning from this style of training to one of the methods mentioned above is often advised after the big event or when a certain state of recovery is reached.


Ways to Maximize Your Session with a Personal Trainer

Regardless of which trainer and training style you choose, getting the most out of each session should always be your goal. To do this, it’s important to actively participate in your sessions and keep your personal trainer informed.


  1. Ask Questions


Keep in mind that your trainer is there to help you. Therefore, if they request you do an exercise, but you do not understand how it is done, do not be afraid to ask any questions. At the same time, if you do not understand something they are explaining, ask. If you are not reaching your goals as fast as you thought you might or find a certain lifestyle modification to be difficult, let your trainer know. The only stupid question is one that goes unanswered, and your personal trainer cannot answer if you never ask.


  1. Take Notes


You have hired a professional trainer because you want to learn, so be prepared to take some notes. This certainly does not mean that you should hold a pen and paper in your hand during every squat or bench press, but notate any specific directions that are given before or after a session, and also make note of answers you are given to any specific questions.  Some trainers will even make this easy by providing you with copies of instructions for the exercises they go over or offering online access to a website with client information.


  1. Listen, Accept and Learn


Walking into a training session and acting like a ‘know it all’ is always a mistake. Your personal trainer is a professional, and she has a lot of valuable information to share with you. Take this information seriously by following directions, asking questions and listening attentively. Your job is to learn as much as possible to progress toward your fitness goals. You must accept this if you want your sessions to be effective. If you don’t remember everything that your trainer tells you at each session, do not get frustrated. The truth is, it is quite rare to remember everything. However, with time, you will learn, grow and improve.


  1. Do Your Homework


Most people cannot get to the gym seven days a week, but staying consistent with your personal training takes seven days a week worth of effort. If your trainer assigns exercises to be done at home, stay accountable. If your trainer recommends a nutrition plan, follow it. If you are not doing these things, be honest with your trainer, and also expect to see an impact in how fast and effectively you reach your goals.


  1. Stop Trying to Impress the Trainer


A majority of people try to impress their personal trainers, and other go to the extreme. Seriously! They are there to guide you. You do not have to show off by trying to lift extraordinary amount of weights. Be honest with them by telling them how things are going and how you are feeling during and after a particular exercise. If lifting 50 pounds seems impossible or causes any pain, your trainer needs to know this. Continuing without modifying reps or how much weight you are lifting will not cause you to reach your goals faster. In fact, it can cause injury. The more honest you are with your trainer, the better your sessions will be.




According to a study conducted at the London University, personal training sessions work. At the end of a 10 week training program, 60-percent of participants went up one stage in physical aptitude, and some participants climbed as high as the maintenance level (where they could not improve any more). To get the most out of your training sessions though, finding the right program, staying honest and following through with questions and at-home exercise are all important. Doing these things shows that you are accountable and ready to work, and these things all go a long way toward helping you come out of training sessions stronger, more confident and feeling your best.


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