How to Meet Your Fitness Goals With A Personal Trainer

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If you've established some new goals for your health and fitness, they might seem a long way off right now. But with the assistance of a good personal trainer, you could make great strides (literally) in no time at all. Here are 10 steps for finding the right personal trainer and meeting your objectives.

1. First of all, you need to find out where your nearest gyms are. Having the motivation to get to the gym may be the first hurdle in your challenge, so knowing you only have to travel a short distance will undoubtedly help.

2. You may have friends that use local gyms, so ask them what their facility is like. Do they feel it represents food value for money? Are the personal trainers helpful and friendly? Is the equipment up to scratch? On many occasions, people will be tied into a 12 month contract, so it's not saying all the responses will be positive.

3. Your next step is to call in for a visit. Some gyms may give you the hard sell, but providing you remain firm and treat this as a scouting mission, I'm sure you'll escape without putting pen to paper just yet. Don't be afraid to tell them you're looking at other gyms in the area. They may be able to offer good reasons why their facility is better.

4. Providing you like the place, it's a good idea to find out how much it will cost to join and what the terms of their membership is. Most gyms will have a monthly fee over a 12-month contract, while others may have special three-month offers available at a slightly more expensive rate. You also want to check what they charge for personal training sessions. You may get some thrown in as part of your joining fee, but ongoing sessions could also be useful.

5. Make sure that you get to pick the personal trainer. You don't want to get assigned to someone you don't like. If that does happen, make sure they allow you to swap trainers after that first session.

6. If you're satisfied that you've found the right gym, you'll be inducted into the gym and shown its facilities and equipment. Then, for your first personal training session, you'll want to clearly and concisely spell out your targets. If there's a body you want, take a photo, if it's about being able to run a certain distance over a set time, make sure your trainer knows.

7. Although your trainer isn't a nutritionist, it's not a bad idea to ask them for food suggestions. If you're bulking up, your diet will be very different to someone who wants to slim down. Your diet will play a massive part in how successful you will be. It can slow progress or it can accelerate it, so do your best to get it right.

8. Your trainer will work with you to develop a programme for you to complete. In most cases this will be fairly generic based on your goals, so it's a good idea to have a follow-up session and discuss how things are going. If you don't feel you're getting any benefit from one exercise, ask if there's an alternative way of working that muscle group.

9. Your personal trainer will make sure you are using the equipment or performing an exercise correctly. One of the biggest stumbling blocks in achieving your targets will be how well you carry out your programme unsupervised, so get as much input as you can when with your trainer.

10. While a personal trainer will help, the most important person in you succeeding is you. Be prepared to work hard and put the time in. Missing sessions or cutting them short by skipping exercises will only serve to stall your progress and destroy your enthusiasm.

So, all you need to do now is start by finding a good gym and personal trainer located nearby.

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Rob Berry-Smith has 1 articles online has gyms all over the country. For instance, if you're in Merseyside, you can find your best suited personal trainer Liverpool has to offer. Alternatively, you may need to find a Manchester or Lincoln personal trainer.

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This article was published on 2010/10/25