Finding the right personal trainer for you can be stressful and confusing especially if you don’t know what to expect. Recommendations from friends or reading online comments can help. It is important to take your time finding the best trainer and environment for you. Personal Training is great, but be careful of the many misconceptions people may have when starting with a PT.
Misconception #1: I’m going to automatically get into great shape when I hire a Trainer
You may only see the trainer for 1-4 hours a week, but what about the rest of the time? There are 168 hours in week, that’s a lot of time to be going at it solo! A Personal Trainer can push you hard in your sessions and give you a nutrition and training programme to follow outside of the sessions, but ultimately it’s up to you to stick to the plan and to listen to the advice to get the results you desire. Taking this responsibility is 99% of the battle.
Misconception #2: I just want someone to tell me what to do and how to eat
The best recipe for success is to work with your trainer to work out what is best for YOU as an individual. Many people fail to reach their goals because they follow online training programmes that are way too technically advanced for them or that have no longevity. As well as being a great motivator, your trainer will also design a programme specific to your needs, abilities and progress. He or she will also create a nutrition plan for you, tailored to your weekly training volume and competing demands. A good Personal Trainer will look at you holistically and give you advice that takes into consideration working hours, home life, sleep, stress levels and current nutritional and exercise knowledge.
Misconception #3: I’ve got to stick to the same Trainer once I’ve started sessions
You might be the type of person that loves the trainer shouting at you, but then you might also find it very ‘off-putting’ and embarrassing. You might want a female personal trainer at heart but can only find a man. Some trainers might purely focus on cardio and HIIT workouts, others on mobility and movement, so it will be useless if your main goals are to learn how get stronger and strength-train. Usually checking out their social media pages and reading their bio on their website will be a good signal as to whether they are the right type of trainer for you.
Here at SYNERGI Personal Training we have a team of trainers with a variety of training and coaching backgrounds to fit every need. We offer no fee consultations as well as “pay as you go” sessions, so you can test the water and make sure the trainer is the right fit for you.
All of our Personal Trainers are based in Roath, Cardiff. We offer gym based programmes, nutrition seminars and workshops as well as Personal Training at home.