1. 𝘐'𝘮 𝘢𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴 𝘐'𝘮 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘣𝘶𝘴𝘺
Working together on a personalized program is a big commitment and it's normal to get cold feet. It's not just one hour of training you're committing:
𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲: You're paying between $500-$1200 per month and that's a big investment. Check your budget before you sign up.
𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞: You ánd your coach also need to account for travel time, prep time and down time.
𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞: You're also committing to changing your diet, your sleeping habits, stress management etc. Make sure you are ready to make changes through your daily life before making the commitment.
2. 𝘐'𝘮 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐'𝘮 𝘢𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯'𝘵 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘶𝘱
It's been a while since you've workout and it might bring up scary thoughts:
What if I can't do exercises? --> It's your trainers responsibility to find the right exercises for you that's suitable for your fitness level. During group classes you might be confronted with challenging workouts. A personal trainer watches closely what you are capable of and adjust the workout where necessary.
What if my trainer thinks bad about my motivation? --> You're trainer will never judge you, but will hold you accountable for your eating and training habits. Consider it tough love that has the purpose of making you better.
3. 𝘐'𝘮 𝘢𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘪𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘵
Exercise should not cause excruciating pain, but there will likely be some discomfort. It's important to communicate clearly and together with your coach you'll learn the difference between good pain and bad pain.
You're gonna be sore and a bit stiff after your workout, which is totally normal. You're trainer will guide you how to deal with that post-workout pain too.
4. 𝘐'𝘮 𝘢𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘫𝘶𝘳𝘺
Did you know people who don't workout have a greater risk of falling than those who do workout?
A stronger body is reacts better to unexpected events like tripping over your feet. However, being scared of injury BECAUSE of working out is a healthy fear, but should not stop you from hiring a coach.
A good coach helps you decreasing your risk of injury by:
𝐁𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡: asking about your health history before starting. Listing past injuries, surgeries, medical conditions and medicine. Be honest about it. Without a full overview, you're trainer can't help you in the best way.
𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐝: personal trainers are NOT medical professionals, and not every trainer is qualified for rehab training. That means your trainer also might refer a chiro, physio or other medical specialist to you.
5. 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘶𝘮𝘢
Unfortunately, there are a lot of unqualified personal trainers that may have left you crying, vomiting or injured...
So take you're time finding a good trainer. A few tips that can help you:
𝐀𝐬𝐤 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: friends, family and colleagues, but also trusted websites.
𝐀𝐬𝐤 𝐝𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐫 𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: just to be sure you're working with someone qualified.
𝐀𝐬𝐤 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬: a body builder might not be the coach you are looking for. Maybe you just gave birth; look for a coach who specialises in postnatal exercise. Or maybe you're a CEO, and you rather work with an coach who's more entrepreneurial themselves.
Most importantly, communication is key. You're potential new trainer will offer you a tailored package program, but if you feel uncomfortable or if you want to negotiate your working conditions, speak up before you start.
The only way to work through these fears, is being open and honest about it.