How to Prepare for your first day with a Personal Trainer l Fit Therapy of Texas
You did it!
You FINALLY committed to change and hired a personal trainer to help you on your way to reaching your health and fitness goals.
You scheduled your first session with your new trainer and you are so so excited! But, now what?
How do you prepare for your first session with your trainer?
In this post I will discuss 5 simple things you can do to set yourself up for success for your first day with your personal trainer.
1. Dress for success.
You want to make sure your outfit is appropriate and suitable for a gym setting! This means no jeans, appropriate coverage, and something comfy and breathable. I would personally recommend athletic wear that makes you feel comfortable but confident!
2. Be ready to chat!
A good trainer will spend the first few minutes of the session discussing your goals, any health conditions they should know about, etc. So, be ready with a simple history of your health, and be ready to answer various questions about you! Including, why you are here, what your goals are, and what you hope to get out of the training experience! This is also your opportunity to voice any questions or concerns you may have, with your trainer! The more honest and open you are with your trainer, the greater opportunity they will have to create a plan individualized for you and your goals.
3. Know your limitations.
As much as you may want to, do NOT try to impress your trainer. Be honest with them and yourself as to what you can and cannot do. If you push yourself too hard, or allow your trainer to push you too hard based on you not being honest enough with them, you could get injured which would put you backwards as opposed to moving forwards towards your goals.
4. Take your "Before" pictures.
There are many forms of measurement when it comes to determining progress that can be beneficial when on a health and fitness journey. Your personal trainer will most likely take your weight prior to starting your first session, and may even take your body fat and body measurements as well. That being said, another GREAT way to measure progress is through progress photos. Sometimes, even if the number on the scale is not budging, we are actually making AMAZING progress. Taking "before" pictures prior to starting your personal training journey will give you a starting point to look back on as you make progress throughout your health and fitness transformation!
5. Have a positive and open mindset!
Just remember, you signed up for this! Working with a personal trainer for the first time can be hard, and that's ok! Just go in with the understanding that they are the professional and they will do whatever it takes to get you one step closer to your goal (even if that means burpees). Our body likes to follow our mind, so, get your mind right by coming in with a POSITIVE attitude and mindset, and you will be sure to make it through.
Now you are fully prepared for your first personal training session.