When you first start looking to increase your physical activity levels, you will undoubtedly have a lot of questions and not know where to begin. This is also true when you make the first step to finding a personal trainer and you should never feel intimidated in wanting to know more.
Below is a list of some of the more common questions that are asked, along with answers to help provide you with the information you need. If, however, you cannot find the answer to your question or needs, then please get in touch with me and I will do my utmost to provide you with the answer you are looking for.
IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION FOR PERSONAL TRAINING?
Anyone from the age of 16 upwards can take part. Everyone has to fill in a PARQ which allows me to assess suitability for low to moderate intensity before progressing to vigorous intensity. In some cases, you may need to talk to your GP to get confirmation that this change in your level of physical activity is recommended.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO A PERSONAL TRAINING/GROUP TRAINING SESSION?
This will depend on the location and what activities will be involved, but if anything specific is required, then you will be informed ahead of time. As a minimum though, you should bring some water to ensure that you remain hydrated throughout all sessions.
WILL PERSONAL/GROUP TRAINING HURT?
This is a good question; every physical activity carries a risk of injury and it is my job to ensure that those participating know how they should be performing each activity correctly so as to minimise the risk. Depending on the session and how much effort you personally put in, you may find that you have sore muscles for a few days, but this is just a sign that your muscles have been used and adapting to the work they have been put through and should subside quickly, however, if you are concerned you should consult your GP.
WHY DO WE NEED TO HAVE AN INITIAL CONSULTATION BEFORE BEGINNING PERSONAL TRAINING?
The initial consultation allows us both to get to know each other and whether we believe that we will enjoy working together. As part of the consultation we will discuss your goals and motivation behind achieving them, understand your current lifestyle, any limitations on physical activity and your dietary habits such that I can provide you with a customised and personally tailored programme that allows you to achieve your goals, your expectations and your desires.
CAN I STOP DOING SOMETHING I DON'T ENJOY DURING MY TRAINING SESSIONS?
Always. This could just simply be because you don’t enjoy it or that you personally don’t believe it is helping. Ultimately, the aim is for everyone to enjoy physical activity and find enjoyment from it, you won’t be “beasted” as some trainers like to say for not doing something, rather you will be encouraged to find a way for something to work and be fun.
WHY SHOULD I DO MORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OR TAKE PART IN EXERCISE?
Becoming more active has many benefits for everyone and is highly recommended. Not only are there physical benefits to your body such as reduction in body fat, physically stronger, toned muscles, reduced blood pressure and stronger bones etc, but there are also mental health benefits such as reducing stress and depression. Additionally, taking part in exercise can reduce your likelihood of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases that become more likely as we each get older.
I DON'T LIKE GYMS, WHAT CAN I DO?
Going to a gym can be daunting even for experienced gym goers and there is no shame in that. Sessions can be tailored to suit most venues, whether that is a local park to you or your own home where you have a little bit of space to move around in. I also have my own personal gym that can be used as well. If there are group sessions that may be suitable for your level of ability where others have a similar dislike, then I would be delighted to welcome you along. Everything should be fun, even if you have to get a bit hot and sweaty.
CAN I STILL TAKE PART IN EXERCISE IF I HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?
Yes you can. Provided that your GP has given you the go ahead to take part in an increased level of physical activity, you can start slowly and build up your activity levels. Over time there will be benefits that will allow you to take part in more strenuous activities.