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A qualified personal trainer can be like Santa fulfilling all your fitness wishes. Make the most of your personal training sessions in 2013 by following these simple tips.


1.)   Be Specific


Before working with your trainer, make sure to discuss both your goals and limitations. Your trainer should already have a set of questions to ask, but it’s important that you address how much time you have and how intensely you’d like to work. Include any past/current exercise routines and what you have/haven’t enjoyed in the past. Also, be sure to include any past or present injuries you may have (as well an ‘undiagnosed’ aches and pains) so that the trainer can design the safest, most effective program for you.


2.)   Give it Time


The first exercise session with a personal trainer usually involves a lot of learning and practicing form. Over the first few sessions, your trainer will probably want to tailor your program further to better suit you.  Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced exerciser, learning new exercises or techniques might take time, but they’ll be worth it in the end. It goes the same for those desired results; it may take a few weeks of pre-conditioning to improve your fitness level. Don’t be discouraged, fitness is a constant process!


3.)   Do the Work


Hiring a trainer doesn’t guarantee you the results that you want.  You must be prepared to put the sweat in yourself, as well as follow any nutritional guidelines you might have been given.  I’ve had many clients who come see me only once or twice a week, and are frustrated that they aren’t losing weight.  It’s important to understand that a trainer is a learning and motivational tool, but its how you act week long that makes the difference. If you aren’t getting the results you want, ask the trainer what else you could do to help you on your way.


4.)   Speak Up.


If you’re paying for your trainer’s services it’s important to remember that you are the client, and your program should be designed for you. While that might mean doing unpleasant exercises or working out more intensely than you would on your own, don’t be afraid to tell the trainer if you’re feeling pain in places you shouldn’t (like your joints/spine).  If you’re working with a qualified trainer, they should be able to either modify and correct your form or give you an alternate exercise.


5.)   Don’t be Embarrassed.


I can’t tell you how many clients I’ve had apologizing throughout the first few sessions because they felt they weren’t “in shape” enough to be at the gym.  Trust me, the trainer isn’t judging you, and is probably just excited to help you improve and achieve your goals.  If you let go of your insecurities and stay positive, you’ll be more likely to push your self and return. (On a side note, don’t feel embarrassed if you have to miss a session or even a month at the gym. As personal trainers, we are used to life getting in the way of people’s exercise schedules. It’s more important that you get back on that horse if you’ve fallen off.)


If you’ve hired a trainer, you’ve already taken a step towards improving your health and fitness. Remember, consistency is the *most* important thing in your health regimen, so stay motivated use all the tools at your disposal!