Top Ten Hard Truths about Personal Training.

Personal Traning can be a very gratifying job especially when a client achieves their goals. However, success is not often easy, and over the years I've come to identify some hard truths about my profession. Here are my top ten;

1. A good trainer costs! Personal training is not cheap, and the more experienced and skilled a trainer is, the more you'll have to pay. Put it into context; you wouldn't take your car to a cheap unskilled mechanic. So why would you do the same with your body!

2. You cant out train a lousy diet! If you want to transform your body, you need to get a food plan designed before you start personal training. Nutrition is the catalyst for success in the gym.

3. It takes time! To make a sustainable change will take months so don't plan for a quick change. Focus on the routine, the progression and keep the training consistent.

4. Consistency is the key! Starting and stopping your training won't help and will just slow down your results. A good routine is critical to maintaining muscle. The best results I've seen are from clients who don't change their schedules and always make time for their training.

5. You must do cardio. Avoiding cardio will only reduce your ability to improve in other areas such as strength training. The heart is one of the most important muscles to work, and a healthy heart can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

6. The exercises you don't like are essential! I've had clients say to me "I don't want to do running, burpees, squats, push-ups etc. Burpees are hard because they involve a high skill level but it's an exercise that can be regressed and achieved through lots of practice. As long as the exercise isn't hurting you, give it a go and don't be scared to fail a few times before you nail it.

7. No stretching. If you don't stretch and reduce that neural drive to overused muscles, the chances of injury significantly increase. You cant progress without a strong focus on the recovery as well.

8. Three is the magic number! The more sessions you do with a trainer, the better results you'll get. If you have big goals, you need to commit to as many sessions as possible per week.

9. Take pictures and get rid of the scales. Don't focus on your weight, instead focus on how your body looks and transitions through a photo timeline. Weight watching can be frustrating and can play tricks especially if you're trying to gain muscle or tone up.

10. Refresh your programs every six weeks, so you don't get bored of the same routine and make sure you see your trainer regularly to keep yourself accountable.

Shaun Clack

Shape In The City


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