By Jeffrey Urcan
For Hometown News
In my last column, I talked about picking a personal fitness trainer and the facilities he or she works in. In this column, I would like to talk to about what is expected from you, the client.
The most important part of getting into shape is mindset. You must be ready in your mind to get yourself in shape and have a strong desire to accomplish your goal. If not, you more than likely will fail at getting to your goal.
In helping discern your goal, ask your fitness trainer about where your goal should be. This will help you target your goal to getting into shape.
If you are overweight and need to lose a fair amount of weight, most people get overwhelmed with the total. The best advice is to set a month-by-month goal on how much you need to lose.
Some set weekly goals based on what the fitness trainer is expecting them to lose. This is a good method to use. The reason is, this is a much shorter time period and you can see light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. If you try to focus on the overall weight loss program time period, it may be to long for you to handle.
Next is dedication. You need to be dedicated. This means you need to make time in your schedule to do what your trainer says.
Be on time. If your trainer says be there for your training session 10 minutes early to warm up, then that is what you need to do. After all, that part costs you nothing and you want to get to your goal, don't you?
When you are late you cut into your own training time, thus, over time, you are decreasing your workout time. Most trainers are busy enough that when your scheduled time is up they have another client. Therefore, they can't go over your scheduled time. Make the best of it. Keep a motivated mindset.
Some trainers will give you homework to do when you are not with them. Don't cheat yourself. Again, they are professionals and know what it takes to get you to your goal.
Treat your trainers with respect. They are not your servants, they are fitness trainers. They are there to help you, even though it may be tough at times. Most trainers will bend over backwards to help you get to your goals, but if you abuse them, don't be surprised if they tell you to come back another day or they are done training you so you need to find another trainer. Keep a positive attitude.
Keep your scheduled appointment. Most trainers require a 24- to 48-hour notice if you are not going to make it in for your workout. A lot of trainers with openings in their schedule will let you reschedule to make up your time. But if they are full, be prepared to lose the session and be charged for it.
If you are sick, that is another story and the trainer will more than likely not charge you. If you're sick a lot, then you will more than likely be charged.
Keep a positive attitude in getting to your goals and follow what your trainer recommends. If you follow what your trainer says, you will get to your goal.
Jeffrey Urcan is the owner and director of Two Fit Pros Training a Private Fitness Training Facility. Contact him at Twofitpros1@aol.com or call (772) 221-3551 for a free consultation. The facility is located at 2201 S E Indian St. Building H-4 in Stuart.