Frequently asked questions
Why should I use a Personal Trainer?
There are a number of reasons for using a PT. A Lack of motivation to train effectively on your own, a lack of knowledge on what is an effective programme, or even if you have a good idea of what you’re doing but need some small adjustments to maximise your results. A Personal Trainer can be the answer to either getting you started on the right lines or taking your current programme to the next level. You’re not just a client, you’re an investment of time, expertise and energy – I want all of my clients to hit their goals and will always do my best to provide support, advice and encouragement to get there (as well as kick-ass workouts).
When do I need a Personal Trainer?
There are a wide range of scnearios when a PT is the answer: when you are overweight, underweight, unfit, training for an event, bored with your current training, when you are too busy to keep fit, when summer is around the corner – the list is endless. However, the biggest ‘when’ is when you are ready to make a change and to invest in your health for the better.
How often should I train?
This will depend on your goals and what timescale you want to achieve them within. I generally advocate a minimum of three times a week for you to start feeling and seeing results. More is better, but only if your body can handle it while getting enough rest. Not all of your training has to be with a PT, This will depend on your schedule, how much support you need and how successful and effective you think you can be training on your own.
Where should I train?
Wherever you want (within reason, the top of a skyscraper may be out of the question). At home, in the gym, a park, a private fitness studio or even your garage. Let me know what your preferences are and we’ll make sure the environment is going to help you crush your goals.
What do I get from online personal training?
The starting point is an online consultation where we will go through the questionnaire results and talk about your goals and lifestyle. We will also go over your one-week food diary, which we will go through and talk about in more detail to identify any deficiencies or bad habits. We’ll go into more detail regarding your current training regime, which will lead into the design of a bespoke training programme tailored to suit you. This will include: resistance training, cardio and active recovery sessions based on the facilities available to you and your end goals.
Each session will be designed to ensure optimum results and will include detail such as reps, range of motion and rest time. We also review each workout completed during the weekly review call and address any issues or questions you may have. During the weekly review I’ll analyse your nutritional progress and may tweak a few things if it’s necessary. You’ll also get exclusive access to Meta-Train fitness discount codes with myprotein.com! This will include a guide to supplements which you may choose to include in your programme depending on your goals.
Will I get an eating plan?
Yes, but – this wont be a prescriptive meal by meal kind of plan. There are a few reasons for this but the main one is the lack of compliance to these type of plans. I prefer taking the approach of setting Macronutrient goals and following some daily and weekly guidelines to stay within. When your meals are planned down to the last pea (by someone else) there is a lack of ownership and it’s too easy to stray away. When you stray once, it becomes far easier to do so again and again until your diet plan is on the floor and you’re eating half the village smothered with chocolate. Some personal trainers DO provide these and if this is what you want, I would recommend speaking to another trainer.
Will my Trainer put me on a diet? Stop me smoking/make me stop drinking?
You’ll get advice on nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle – whether you take that on board is up to you. To maximise results, you should take on board what a PT suggests but it’s about balancing this advice against your lifestyle and what’s possible. The more change you want, the more change that is needed in your current lifestyle.
What's the typical cost of a personal trainer?
This depends on what sort of service you have signed up for. The more involvement from a personal trainer, the greater investment of time and effort on your behalf and therefore the greater the overall cost. However, with a more intense programme, the value increases in proportion to the cost decreasing based on “by the hour”.
What sorts of people have a Personal Trainer?
Anyone who is ready to invest in their health and feels a Personal trainer will add value to their current training.
Can I set the time I work out?
Of course! This will depend on diary availability and will normally be booked at least 7 days in advance. It’s preferable that the same days and times each week are maintained as this feeds into creating a sustainable pattern but I appreciate that other factors may not make this possible (shift work, childcare etc).
What happens during a Personal Training session?
Sessions will include a brief warm-up followed by your main training programme where the exercise and movements will focus on cardiovascular, strength or flexibility depending on your goals. Sessions will finish with be a cool down or relaxation period to stretch out and discuss next steps and any feedback either you or the instructor may have.
Will I be asked personal questions about your lifestyle?
The clue here is in the name: personal. To get to the heart of your health and fitness, questions are going to be asked about you personally. This is not information that is shared and will take the form of a questionnaire that incorporates your needs, goals and preferences. These questions will cover areas such as:
- Basic personal details
- Medical background
- Fitness background
- Lifestyle factors (e.g. smoking or drinking)
- Nutritional intake and current eating habits
- Personal goals and objectives, both short and long-term
Fitness is just one component of a complicated picture of overall health; as such, the more I know about you, the more I can have a complete view and therefore be able to help you more effectively.
Will I need a Doctor’s certificate before exercising?
Depending on your recent fitness and exercise programmes (or lack of) you may be asked for a certificate This is generally if you mark “yes” to any questions on a PAR-Q form, are over 50 or have an underlying medical condition (including being classified as having a disability). This isn’t a major stumbling block though and is a precaution to ensure you are medically fit and able to complete exercise with a personal trainer.
What is a PAR-Q form?
This is a health-based questionnaire you will be asked to complete before stating any programme. This checks information such as medical history and any underlying conditions which may be aggravated by you exercising. You should always be 100% honest when completing this form as it exists to safeguard your health.
I haven’t exercised in a long time am I too unfit to use a personal trainer?
Not at all. I work with a range of individuals from those who are just starting out to those who are already extremely fit. Any programme or session is based on improving your health according to your goals and your current health is factored into this. If anything, it’s more beneficial for those new to the field to use my services as this ensures a safe and controlled environment to build your fitness while increasing your knowledge with a qualified professional.
How long until I see results?
This depends on how often you are training. If you are exercising the recommended minimum of 3 times a week along with a balanced and consistent diet, you should see results from as soon as 4-6 weeks. The longer you continue, the more results you will see.