If you’ve invested in personal training, you know that it can be a fantastic tool to take you training to the next level. You are trusting an educated professional to prescribe the correct fitness routine for your lifestyle. As a Pilates Instructor with 9 years of teaching behind my name, I can tell you what most trainers think during a session but don’t say out loud. Sometimes it’s directly related to you as the client and sometimes it isn’t.
So let me fill you in on what your Personal Trainer might be thinking during a session, because it will probably make you a better client.
1- “You’re Wasting Our Time”
When you choose to talk during a session, it wastes both of our time. I don’t mind a little talking between sets. But if you don’t focus while executing an exercise, it wastes both of our time. It also discourages your us to advance you because you’re at risk for injury when you aren’t focused. It also frustrates the PT because we can’t get our job done.
2- “I’m Hungry”
Most trainers work long and hard days at the gym. If they own their own business, it could be worse. Oftentimes we book clients back to back to maximize the time. Trainers have to grab a few bites in between clients. Be courteous to your trainer and show up on time, warm yourself help and don’t linger onto their time after the training hour is over.
3- “You Aren’t Doing Anything on Your Own”
Trainers can tell when you aren’t doing their assignment exercises as homework. If you aren’t logging the time on your own, don’t expect to hide that when it’s time to train together. It’s best to confess why you aren’t able to get it done and maybe they can tweak your plan.
4- “I’ll Still Train You, But it Does You No Good”
Research shows that diet is 80% or more of the effort required to make a change. If you aren’t willing to change your diet, then personal training doesn’t do you any good. Any trainer will tell you that you can’t out exercise a bad diet. But they will still train you regardless.
5- “He (or She) Doesn’t Respect the Space”
Trainers put a lot of time into maintaining equipment, from dusting to cleaning. It is courteous to your fellow gym members and trainer to wipe your equipment down after using it. Believe me, nobody wants to use sweaty equipment after somebody else. Gyms are also a home away from home for trainers.
Do you work with a personal trainer? Think about how your actions and decisions affect your training sessions.