Have you ever signed up to a gym once (or surely more) in your life? What prompted you to buy a subscription and get started on the quest for a perfect body or ideal health?
Was it a success? How long have you managed to keep up with four intense workouts per week? Did you know what you were doing or was your brother-in-law giving you bad advice?
Overall, did you like the experience and consider starting again soon?
If you are like 66% of people, you stopped training after 1 month.
If you are like 95% of the population, the gym membership is not a pleasant solution nor one that delivers concrete, long-term results.
“A gym membership is like getting a piano in the hope of becoming a virtuoso pianist.”
A gym membership is like buying a piano in the hope of becoming a virtuoso pianist, or getting a golf bag wanting to be a pro by summer (or even just a good player). Being in possession of these items does not guarantee that you will become a new expert in piano or golf.
What happens then? The piano becomes a piece of furniture and the golf bag stored at the bottom of the basement takes the dust.
So what about these people who are proud pianists or golfers emeritus? What did they do differently?
Well, they studied, practiced and they are disciplined to become better.
And not without external help, commonly called expert, coach, trainer or mentor.
Without a coach or trainer, great athletes would not be what they are today. And it’s for us too, ordinary people.
“To achieve results, we need to be surrounded and accountable to someone – a coach, trainer, expert or mentor who plans our journey to become better.”
To achieve results, we must be surrounded and accountable to someone, a coach, trainer, expert or mentor who plans our journey to become better. Otherwise, it is almost impossible to succeed.
And in the quest for a fit body and perfect health, it’s even more important, since our quality of life is at stake.
Being able to enjoy life and our daily activities is invaluable to someone who has experienced the opposite. This person now understands that having energy and vigor will make him happier today.
With the support of a coach or trainer, who knows where to go, because he made mistakes and lived the hard way, and gained knowledge in the sweat of his practice, developped, adapted and personalized programs for its students and clients, this ally will take us to the end of the road and will reach us in record time and much faster than we think.
“Today, time is priceless and it is our primary resource – in other words, there is no time to waste!”
To see results as quickly as possible, here’s how to choose your personal trainer:
- Determine the results you want to have. As when traveling, what is the final destination? Do you want to lose 20 pounds of fat in 6 months? Do you want to take 5 pounds of muscle in 5 months? Do you want to gain 50% more strength on your legs and double your number of pushups? Do you want to finally see your abs next summer? Do you want to be at your best in your wedding dress in 6 months? Do you want to reduce your knee pain by 50%? Increase your flexibility by 25% in 3 months? Do you want to run a 21 km in the next year? These are all worthy and individual results, depending on what you want to achieve. Take stock of your expected results before meeting your coach / trainer / mentor, and be realistic with yourself. No results too unrealistic, otherwise we are disappointed soon enough! And a good coach will tell you right away if your expectations are unrealistic.
- Ask for references. The best way to meet a competent professional is to ask a person close to you who is the expert that he or she has helped him achieve his results. Find someone who has achieved their results (which are similar to yours), and ask who has been (or still is today) their coach or trainer. This is proof of success and you immediately see the skills of the professional and what he is capable of. And above all, if this person is nice to work with him! Because having fun is important, right? You have no reference around you? Do a search on Google, and see to it that the coach or trainer has a clear and complete website of his services, that there are testimonials of the customers and the results that they had, and that this coach is well represented on social media and on the web. It goes without saying that this professional must have accreditations and certifications of personal trainer and / or a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or exercise science.
- Accessibility. Be certain that the coach or coach you hire is near your job or your home. Changing your lifestyle is very difficult, you must first simplify the routine with a coach who will be more accessible. A maximum of 20 minutes of transport because if it takes longer than, it will be too easy to cancel the session. Out of sight out of mind. Whether he or she is just minutes away from your job, in the morning, in the daytime if your schedule is flexible, and after your office hours, it must be easy and in your pace of the day to go! Close to home before or after work, or weekends, it gives you an effective training in your busy schedule!
- Search, meet the professional and do your interview. So now you have well in hand the information of your future and potential coach (whether your reference or your search on the web and social media – and that his competence has been well established), it is up to you to contact him via phone or e-mail, make an appointment and pass the interviewer, because chemistry is the most important thing! If the skill has not been established beforehand, do it during this interview. During this time, make sure the coach or trainer asks you a ton of questions about you, your experience, your health, your background and the results you want. At the same time, make him talk too, be on the lookout for him or her to make you comfortable and allow you to be yourself (because we know how insecure it can be to reveal our life to a stranger) and to discuss without judgment and with openness and exemplary empathy. If after a few minutes you feel comfortable and relaxed, continue the evaluation and interview session, and if it is done well, you will be confident and have a taste of a session with a coach who knows what he’s doing. The pleasure is super important! And if this interview session does not commit you to anything, and it’s free, even better!
- Take the BIG decision. Your interview and assessment is now over, you’ve had fun, and feel like you’re getting into a new exciting momentum, jump in with your feet together! You will not be disappointed! Your coach will explain what will be the process and the program for the coming months. Because of course, be ready to dedicate yourself to your results for a while. Rome did not get built in four weeks. Achieving your results take the time you need, while you grow, you improve and that’s how you get better. To you all the credit of your efforts! The efforts will be there, so the results too, it’s a law!
You are now super excited to start your workout, fitness plan, weight loss, pain management, stress management or running program. It is now the last step (always very important) before you totally commit to your new lifestyle, the financial commitment on your part. Read this article (coming soon) to find out how much a personal trainer costs in Montreal.
Written by Dino Masson, Kinesiologist (Who is Dino Masson?)
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