15 Surprising Insider Secrets From Personal Trainers
Ughh, Personal Trainers. The embodiment of fitness. Them and their pearly glow of health and motivation. Makes you sick, doesn’t it? So effortless, so easy. Or is it?
BuzzFeed spoke to a Personal Trainer to get the inside scoop…
1. Their job isn’t to get you major results in a super short period of time.
If you want to make major changes to how you look or perform, it can take weeks or months months of hard work and maybe even significant lifestyle changes, depending on how drastic the results are that you’re after.
4. But they won’t judge you for whatever you ate and drank last weekend (though they will hold you accountable).
Trainers do want to know about your boozy brunches and pizza benders, but not because they want to make you feel bad about them. Rather, they want to know about your life outside of training so they can understand why you might not be reaching your goals. And they want to help keep you accountable to the goals you set.
5. When it comes to weight loss, losing about a pound a week is actually considered really good progress for most people.
Of course every body is different and a multitude of factors come into play when it comes to weight loss, but Gary says that many clients are surprised to learn what’s realistic when it comes to weight loss expectation.
6. Contrary to popular belief, they are not making you do stuff you hate just to torture you.
We tend to love doing the stuff we’re great at and dread doing the movements that feel super difficult or awkward or make us feel weak. But a good trainer won’t make you tackle that stuff immediately. They’ll usually work on establishing trust with you and also getting you more comfortable working out so that doing something you don’t like doesn’t seem so intimidating.
8. And most of your results will come from what you do outside of your sessions.
Even if you work hard every time you see your trainer and are committed to the programming they’ve created for you, it’s the time between sessions that is most crucial for progress, no matter what your goals are.
9. Whether or not a trainer looks shredded has nothing to do with how skilled they are.
10. Not all trainers are all about that “go hard or go home” mentality.
11. And yelling at clients isn’t actually a go-to motivational tool.
12. You don’t have to be 100% injury-free to work with a trainer.
If you’ve only ever worked out by yourself or in group fitness classes you might think that being injured or having that on-again-off-again knee thing means you have to sit out of exercise completely till you’re healed. But a skilled trainer can write workouts that not only allow you to exercise without aggravating your injury, many times they can help you get stronger in ways that aid healing.
13. You don’t need to have an aesthetic goal to hire a trainer.
Sure, lots of people have goals around changing their bodies, and plenty of people are pursuing overall health and wellness, but people also see trainers to get better at something they like doing — like become a faster runner, better cyclist, or stronger swimmer.
14. They can also help you get over your intimidation about working out.
Trainers don’t expect their clients to already be great at exercising or not-at-all-self-conscious about working out. In fact, part of what they can help you do is feel more comfortable with moving your body.
15. And as much as they love training you, they get super excited when you’re able to take the reins.