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5 tips to maximise your personal trainer

Many of you reading this will already have a personal trainer at Concept. Hopefully you are already seeing results and achieving your goals with your trainer. If you or someone else is thinking about personal training to improve their fitness, heres a quick guide to help you get the most bang or your buck:

1. Maximise your training time

Sounds obvious, but so many people turn up late – CONSISTENTLY! Your trainer has planned a session to last the hour or 30 minutes and by turning up late you will throw the whole session off kilter. try and plan a warm up in advance. ask our PT’s to teach you a general warm up and then simply be ready for the session when its your time. PT’s are usually busy with back to back clients so by being workout-ready it makes their lives easier, and will mean you are getting 100% workout time during your session. Stay on 10 mins late and do a proper cool down if you’re comfortable to do this yourself too.

2. Set goals

Always set goals with your PT. Goals you both agree with. use the SMART method of goal setting (specific, measurable, achievable, relative and time contained) to make sure you are both on the same page when it comes to what you are trying to achieve. If you want to improve a certain aspect of your fitness tell your trainer. It will focus your sessions and help you to achieve more, quicker.

3. trust your trainer

While there are good and bad PT’s (like any industry) ALL trainers will have had to undergo some form of training. They should have an understanding of the best methods to help you succeed. Check their credentials, ask them for their areas of expertise, but you must listen to what they say. the worst kind of client is the one that pays for PT, then tells their trainer what they should be doing in the session.

4. Do what you don’t love

This follows on from the above point. Your PT isn’t simply trying to make your life a misery while you are in the gym. the beauty of having a trainer is that they should be pushing to do what you don’t like or perhaps wouldn’t do yourself.

5. take ownership

Your PT is not responsible for your results. The only person who is in charge of what you get out of your sessions is you. If your goal is to lose weight, you must eat right. If you want to run a marathon, you got to get the miles in etc etc. Your PT sees you for 30-60 minutes 1-4 times per week. In the course of day thats nothing. they are only responsible for 1 out of the 24 hours you are around. Its up to you. before you blame your trainer, ask yourself whether you are doing everything you can OUTSIDE of the gym to maximise your training in it.

there you have it guys – 5 quick tips to maximise your personal training. If you haven’t made the call, text or email do it now. Get it in your diary and value your training time. When you achieve your goals, it will be worth every penny and every second.



  • I like tip number three about how you need to trust your personal trainer. I want to get in good shape before my wedding. It seems like it would be a good idea for me to find a good trainer and trust that he will help me get in shape. After all, if you are fighting and resisting what they are doing then you wouldn’t probably improve.

  • I want to get fit and am thinking about getting a personal trainer. Thanks for the advice about setting goals using the SMART method. Another thing to do is to select a personal training that you like who will push you.

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