- Good results.
- Great results.
- Certainly not Oprah Winfrey gaining 40+ pounds in one year kind of results.
- We’re talking about the kind of results that make you want to rush out and buy a brand new wardrobe to show off the brand new you.
- We’re talking about the kind of results that have you staring at your reflection in the mirror like a modern day Narcissus.
- We’re talking about the kind of results that have you singing the praises of your personal trainer to all of your friends and family and co-workers and strangers on the street and…
- We’re talking about the kind of results that each and every personal trainer should strive for.
Unfortunately, most trainees don’t get those types of results from their personal trainers.
And why not?
- Health clubs are making huge profits off of their personal training clients.
- The obesity/weight loss industry is making trillions.
- And yet, as a society, we’re fatter than ever.
But, if you ask your trainer (go ahead and ask) why you’re not transforming as quickly as you think you should be, I guarantee that you will hear some version of this answer:
- I am with you for only (1, 2 or 3) hours a week. That leaves 165+ hours where you are on your own. I can’t be responsible for what you do when I am not around.
But of course, on one level, they are right.
Ultimately, you are responsible for the food that you eat, the Starbucks mocha lattes that you drink, the quantity and quality of your sleep, your daily activity, your thoughts, your feelings, etc….
However, if you are going to pay thousands of dollars of your hard earned, recession ravaged dollars in an attempt to ward off excess body-fat and coronary incidents, maybe your trainer should take some responsibility for those hours when you are away from him or her.
- Remember, you are paying for results.
- So, how do you get your moneys worth?
Talk with your trainer about your health/fitness/weight loss goals
- Are they realistic?
- If so, how long should it take to achieve those goal?
- What are you going to have to do to achieve those goals?
- What is the trainer going to do to help you achieve those goals?
- What happens if you don’t achieve those goals?
Create a Body Transformation Plan
- This plan, created jointly by you and your trainer, is your blueprint. Goals, timelines, workouts, nutrition,etc…
- It should also detail the responsibilities, costs and penalties that the two of you have agreed upon.
And Follow Through with the Plan
- All of my clients know what I expect of them and what happens if they don’t keep up their end of the bargain.
- However, they also know that if they stick to the plan but don’t achieve 100% of their results, they WON’T be stuck paying for 100% of their training session fees.
- They pay only for the results that we have achieved as a team.
While I seldom discuss it here on Health Habits, I have been a personal trainer for a long time. While I have worked in lots of different gyms, I have been out on my own, doing in-home personal training in downtown Toronto, for a loooonnngggg time now. During that time, I have met a lot of good personal trainers and a lot of bad personal trainers. And, I have seen a lot of those bad trainers make a lot of good money from people who think that a trainer with a life-long six-pack is better than one who has had to work hard for their fitness.
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