It’s more straight-forward than you might think.
There are a few simple rules that will help you succeed with a personal trainer and exceed your goals. They are:
1) Hire value, NOT bargain.
– A value is something that enriches your life. A bargain is something that keeps money in your pocket. While the two aren’t *necessarily* mutually exclusive, more often than not they really are. This is important to keep in mind because you are trusting this individual with your *health*. At best, the training you get may be ineffective – meaning that while you kept money in your pocket relative to hiring a more qualified, more expensive trainer, you wasted money AND time and have little to show for either. At worst, you could get very seriously injured, in which case all that money you saved (and probably more) will end up helping your doctor/surgeon/chiropractor/physical therapist to update their car to next year’s model Mercedes.
As the saying goes “if you think it’s expensive hiring a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.”
2) Treat your training as a joy, not a chore.
– Raise your hand if you, your spouse, your children, or anyone else you’ve ever met has ever enjoyed doing chores? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Imagine how much enthusiasm you’ll have for your training if that’s how you approach it.
Training will not always be a mile-a-minute thrill ride, but it has to be something you look forward to, not dread, for it to be something you stick with. And the only program in the world that works is the one you stick with.
3) Listen to your trainer.
– This one seems to be the most obvious to me, but is so often overlooked. If you trust that your trainer’s knowledge and expertise is good enough to transform you, why waste your time and money avoiding doing what they ask – even if you don’t completely understand it? I can tell you that – without exception – every one of my students who has followed my directions to a T has always gotten exactly what they’re looking for. And I don’t ask them to do anything outrageous, anything they can’t recover from, or anything to put them at risk of injury. Consistency and focus in one direction will work miracles, but you have to be willing to hear the message and then *do the work*!
The list could go on, but you get the message. Your success at every step of the way relies on *YOUR* decisions. A good trainer will just help you sort them out and lay out the path for you to walk down.