If you want to get more bang for your buck during your training session, then follow these seven simple rules. From the gym to the Pilates studio, these easy-to-follow tips will deliver results faster than expected.
- Be prompt: By showing up late to train, you are only slowing down the process to meeting your end goals. Your trainer might not even mind, since he gets paid either way. You, on the other hand, are losing valuable time and money; try to get there early to make the most of your workout. If you can't help but be tardy for one of your sessions, then try to stay a little longer to wrap up on your own or to take fewer breaks between reps.
- Focus: It's OK to shoot the breeze, but try not to chat too much with your trainer while working out. Although getting comfortable with them is great for your relationship and trust, too much talking will lead to loss in concentration. Just make sure your communication doesn't interfere with training.
- Eat accordingly: After finding the right motivator and shelling out the dough on a solo training session, you owe it to yourself to eat right. Although these sessions will increase your hunger, change your lifestyle by making smarter choices about what goes into your system. Cut back on the foods that made you sign up for a trainer in the first place, and fuel your body with proteins, vegetables, and healthful fats that your body needs.
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- Be honest: This goes for both food intake and your goals. If you aren't eating right or have recently fallen off the health wagon, be honest with your trainer. When you're working as hard as you are with a trainer and not seeing the results you should, it's likely that your trainer already knows what's going on. Be upfront with him so that he can help you through this rough patch and get you back on track.
- Communicate goals: When fitness director Susi May used to teach personal Pilates sessions, she stressed the importance of goal-setting. Tell your trainer your goals, both long-term and short-term. Let your trainer know what your purpose is for training with him and what you would like to focus on for that specific day. For example: "I'm training for a marathon and want Pilates to help improve my running and get me through training, injury-free."
- Follow the stopwatch: Trusting your trainer and what he tells you is number one. If you choose him to help motivate you, then you should trust him, right? Your trainer has strategically planned out your workout, minute by minute, for the entire period. They know how long cardio, strength training, and even breaks are going to be, so let him guide you. If he tells you to sprint for 60 seconds or to hold a pose, then he probably has a break planned soon after, so trust his agenda and follow it as best you can.
- Get some sleep: The best way to let your body recover after these sessions is to get the adequate amount of sleep. Make sure you get a full night's sleep so that your muscles are able to reset themselves and grow stronger for the next training session. Without enough Z's, you risk injury and lose the focus needed for all the tough work you're about to do.