A “Personal” touch to “Training”

Personal trainers are all the rage with celebs whose careers lean heavily on their personal appearance. They were once seen as a luxury rather than a necessity but now more and more people are turning to one whether its to give themselves an initial kick up the backside to get motivated to engage in more exercise, or using them to accomplish their long-term fitness goals. I’ve never really gone down that route of hiring a PT (personal trainer) because I’m extremely motivated but with more and more of my readers asking me about the topic, I decided to allow a PT to put me through my paces. So after a recommendation via a work colleague, I decided to go for the kill and have a one on one with fitness trainer Niko Algieri on a cold and miserable Friday afternoon in Hyde Park.

Fitlass meets the mighty TRX Suspension

Now I prize myself on being super fit because of my healthy eating and gruelling exercise regime. But even I could not have been ready for the workout that my muscles got. I actually discovered new ones too! Now each trainer is different so has their own unique way of getting you to do a series of exercises.  After a warm-up, I started off with a series of boxing moves. Jab jab cross, upper cut, hook! I engage in regular boxing sessions but this was tough!! After my arms felt like they were going to fall off, Niko introduced me to the TRX Suspension Training. (It looks like a harness and when I first laid eyes on it I have to say the mind did boggle!! 🙂 ) This is a versatile piece of exercise equipment with which you can perform hundreds of exercises that you can do virtually anywhere. It helps build power, core strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. So I engaged in press ups, biceps, triceps, squats, lunges, the plank, all to Niko’s instructions. When I felt I couldn’t do any more, Niko pushed me that little harder. Had I been on my own doing these reps, I certainly would have cheated! But that was the beauty of having the trainer there – he was not going to let me off easy. And even though I wanted to kill him while my body was in some position I never knew it could get into, I was happy with the end result and after the long hard session, I’m please to say Niko and I are still friends 🙂

So, that was my experience, but if you are seriously looking for a regular PT, or just want one once every month, how do you go about getting one? Here’s some things you may want to consider before you make an important investment. 

What are the benefits of a personal trainer?

Primarily, they give you a customised plan. A lot of people know they want to lose weight, but they have no plan or direction. Sometimes, people with gym memberships just let their emotions, or their likes and dislikes, choose what they do at the gym that day. A trainer, will help plan a session that is different every time so that it will help keep you on track and relieve boredom. 

Have you established your personal goals? 

Most people want to lose weight, but ask yourself specifics. What do you want? Do you want to build muscle, compete in an event or a 5K, prepare for a wedding? Look at your goals, then look for a trainer who either specialises in those goals or discuss them with one to see how they can best help you achieve them.

What is a session like?

You’ve had a snapshot of mine but trainer sessions vary from one trainer to another. On the whole they typically last an hour. The trainer will literally take you through a workout – warm up, the strength, cardio, or whatever training you do, and the cool down. They help you perform the more technical workouts, so they probably won’t accompany you on a mile walk, but will help you one-on-one with resistance training and weight lifting. They’re there to motivate and encourage you all the way.

How can you tell if a trainer is good or not?

Give a trainer a few sessions to see if they fit. If you don’t feel comfortable, listen to your instincts. If they aren’t personable and interact with you then that will make for long, awkward sessions. If they aren’t professional — leaning on equipment, taking phone calls or texting, talking to others while working with you — you should sprint!! Just for the record, Niko was professional, made me work hard but still made me feel it was fun. The hour flew by!

But can I afford it?

I know so many people who take annual memberships out at the gym and then never go. This is what I call wasting money! We’re talking about between £500 and £1000 plus annually. PT sessions do vary and depending on where you live cost from £45 upwards. Some trainers sell bulk sessions, so the more you book, the less they cost per session. Even if you can’t commit to regular PT sessions, it’s a good idea to have one every few weeks to keep you on track and for a change of routine.

Thoughts?

Everyone’s different when it comes to what they want out of their health and fitness goals. But if you lack motivation and have set yourself long-term or short-term goals, a PT could be the answer for you!

For more info on Niko, look at his website http://www.nikoalgieri.com/

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About Fitlass

I'm a young, independent, career driven girl with a hectic lifestyle. Once upon a time I used to be fat but now I've changed my ways and lead a healthy lifestyle. I want to show you how YOU too can be fit and healthy and yet STILL have a lifestyle!
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3 Responses to A “Personal” touch to “Training”

  1. Lois says:

    I’ve had personal training sessions in the past but not because of a lack of motivation. If you find a decent, experienced personal trainer their knowledge base of fitness and nutrition is immense. They can offer you alternatives to nutrition and exercises that you might never have heard of or considered. I don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ mentality when it comes to health and fitness. Everyone is unique and what works for one might not work for another; this is where personal training comes in. It’s in the name! PT sessions are invaluable when it comes to the argument of too much cost involved. So long as you listen to your trainer, take everything onboard and utilise the information they give you in that hour, it’s an absolute bargain when you see the results on/in your body. Believe me, I should know! Great post! 🙂

  2. Nutkins says:

    Hi Sabi
    Thought I would send you a few comments about PT’s. I think one of the biggest benefits is the skill to make sure the client is performing the exercise correctly and with good form, if they don’t then you may as well not bother doing the exercise. They can also guide you to doing proper and functional exercises, most people without will just head to the machines in gyms which are not of much use (useful for body builders who need to isolate muscles but not many other people).
    Trouble is so many of the qualified profession are in it because they think it is an easy career or because they want to show of there bodies. However, a brilliant PT will be as beneficial as a physio, osteo nutritionist all in one as they can diagnose postural problems and provide exercise to avoid problems and also injuries saving money in the future and making people feel a whole lot better about themselves.

  3. Steve Whiteside says:

    I have been a personal trainer for 15 years and worked with a variety of clients. There are key elements to personal client success which are; 1. Trainer/client relationship 2. Commitment (by both trainer & client) 3. Belief.

    You may have the most highly qualified trainer in the world but, if you do not get along then success is doomed from the start, however, this may take a few sessions before you can make a judgement so give it a chance.

    Both the trainer and client must be fully committed to achieving the clients personal goals. I always say to my clients, ” I am the coach, YOU do the work ”. If I see a client twice a week that is only 2 hours, the client needs to commit themselves for the other 166 hours in training but more importantly diet & lifestyle. It is worth mentioning that body composition change is dependant on approximately 30% training but 70% diet. In other words, you can train as much as you like but unless you are eating correctly you will struggle to achieve the body changes you want. Anybody thinking of personal training must understand that personal trainers cannot help you succeed unless you are 110% committed!!

    Belief is a major factor in success. Personal trainers can motivate and inspire but the client must have belief that they can achieve their goals. If a client is struggling with belief a good trainer will work on this from the start.

    Hiring a personal trainer and ensuring the key elements are achieved is a sure way to any clients personal success!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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