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Tips a Good Trainer/Coach will tell you.

Sometimes, it can feel almost impossible for you to reach your fitness goals. For that reason alone, the fitness training profession is a multi-million dollar industry.  Can’t afford a one-on-one trainer? Come join small group training or boot camps… you will get the best of both worlds.

Here are a few things that a GOOD personal trainer/coach will tell you.

1. Set realistic goals.

If you start a fitness routine with grandiose goals of losing 40 lbs in 4 weeks, you are most certainly setting yourself up for disappointment. Make a list of short-term and long term goals. That way, you can reward yourself as you move towards your goals. You must be realistic about your time and commitment to your goals. Further, confidence is KEY to helping you achieve results. Confidence and determination go hand-in-hand. Stay positive and keep your head up, even on those rough days. 
2. Get specific about what you want to achieve.

A weight-loss plan, for instance, will be different from a plan for someone trying to build muscle. Knowing what your specific goals are and working with one of your coaches to design a road map for those goals will give you specific direction.

3. Have fun!

Working out should be enjoyable. Coaches are there to push you a little bit, but not intimidate. Another key factor to having fun is variation. This is why we switch it up daily! You’re less likely to become bored if you try new things.

4. Performing each exercise correctly is imperative, so watch your form.

Form is more important than speed. We say this all the time! To achieve the best possible results and stay injury-free, follow your coach’s instructions about proper form.

5. You should begin to see results within 12 weeks.

Depending on your workout plan, the three-month mark can be a good indicator of how you’re doing. This is one of the reasons why we now offer three month memberships. You must commit to yourself! In about 90 days, you should be able to notice results—whether it be that your jeans are a little looser, your quality of sleep is better or you just feel good all around.  Many people lose motivation if they don’t see results sooner, but you’re changing your physique, so 12 weeks is about how long it will take before your workouts begin building lean muscle.

6. You’re going to have bad days. (Or weekends!)

You’re going to fall off the wagon and have off days at some point. It is bound to happen.  The biggest problem trainers see in their clients is that their emotional confidence starts to dwindle when something goes wrong. So, if you splurge on your eating one weekend, don’t beat yourself up—just give it your all during your Monday workout session.

9. You have to eat right, too.

Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition. Your coach’s aren’t miracle workers! Eating balanced meals filled with fruits, vegetables, grains and protein will prove successful in the long run. But remember to give yourself your treat meals! It helps keep you balanced.
10. You’re probably not getting enough sleep.

Lack of sleep causes a decrease in energy and motivation to accomplish both short- and long-term goals. Not only are proper sleeping habits important for you mentally, but if you don’t rest your muscles properly before and after a good workout, you risk injury.

Adapted from: Olivia Putnal, Woman’s Day

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