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Many people avoid personal training because they feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their bodies. They think that since the personal trainer has a great body, s/he is going to be judging them based on their level of fitness. However, personal trainers are human beings like everyone else. They’re great at some things and not so great at others. If you’re a high-powered lawyer, a teacher or a writer, you can be sure they’re looking at you with awe for what you can do.

Rather than avoiding personal training altogether because of your feelings of embarrassment, it’s a good idea to talk to your personal trainer about them. Communicate exactly why you’ve opted for personal training and what you hope to get out of it. Personal training is a service like any other, so if you’re clear about what you want, you’re much more likely to get it. Here are a few tips:

What’s the Perfect Body?

Many people go to personal trainers because they’re looking for the perfect body. And they may think that this phrase is self-explanatory. However, even if you look at models and celebrities, there are many different kinds of bodies out there. Do you want to be taut and toned like Jennifer Aniston or would you prefer to just be skinny like Angelina Jolie? Are you ok with being curvy yet proportionate like Kate Winslet or would you like to have some serious muscle like Jennifer Garner? Even male celebrities run the gamut from really large like Sylvester Stallone to really skinny like Robert Pattinson.

Most people know who they consider to have the perfect body. However, your personal trainer might have a different ideal than you. So it’s a good idea to let him/her know exactly what you’re going for. What does having the perfect body mean for you? How much weight do you want to lose? How much muscle tone do you want?

It’s best to talk about all this from the beginning or your trainer might have you start working towards a body that you don’t really want. Rather than having to switch what you’re doing halfway, start working towards what you want from the very beginning. You’ll be saving time and money.

 

What’s a Healthy Body?

When you’re trying to become fit, it can sometimes be tempting to forget about health altogether. You get so caught up in how your body looks that you don’t pay that much attention to how it feels. In order to avoid this, there are certain questions you need to ask yourself.

Are you prone to anorexia or gymnorexia? Nowadays, people take anorexia seriously even though this was not always the case. Gymnorexia is also a real condition and it can affect both men and women. Working out for an hour a day is fine. But if you have an urge to do a lot more than that and to maintain a high level of intensity, you might be suffering from gymnorexia.

Some people get really addicted to the high they get from running and other kinds of cardiovascular activity. Even in terms of weights, there are those who are looking for the “ultimate pump.” Although this is, for the most part, good for you, it’s also possible to overdo it and suffer injuries in the long run.

In order to avoid this, try to keep your workouts balanced. Do weights as well as cardio. Work on upper body as well as lower body. Try to build a strong core, which includes your abdominal muscles as well as your back.

Speak to your personal trainer about your workout habits and whether they’re good for your overall health. A good personal trainer will be able to spot the things that you seem to be addicted to and move you into a more balanced routine. This might be difficult to do in the long run and you may find that you’re not enjoying your workouts as much in the beginning. But as time goes on, your body will adjust to using all your muscles and you’ll reap the benefits in terms of overall strength and health.

Contact us for more great tips on working with your personal trainer.

 

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