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1. What should I wear to personal training?
A pair of good runners that fit your feet well are crucial to a successful workout session. If you’ve just bought a new pair of runners, make sure you try them out prior to your personal training session!
In terms of clothing, avoid loose and bagging clothing. Common workout wear seen at the gym include leggings, shorts, tank tops, t-shirts and fitted long sleeve tops. Ladies may also benefit from wearing a good sports bra over other bra types.
Whatever you choose to wear, remember it needs to be comfortable and allow you to work out freely during your session.
2. I haven’t been to the gym in ages! What do I take there?
It’s best to minimise what you take with you to the gym because while lockers are provided, the gym and your personal trainer will not be responsible for lost or stolen property. It’s worth remembering that if you have booked an outdoor personal training session in Brisbane, you may not have access to lockers for personal items.
What you absolutely must bring to your personal training session are:
- Water! It’s important to stay hydrated so don’t forget your water bottle (though if you do, most gyms will have a vending machine available to purchase water from, or a water fountain)
- Towel (this is mandatory at most gyms) to ensure you’re not dripping sweat every which way
- Yourself dressed appropriately for your session. It’s best not to be wearing jewellery as it can get caught or damaged by gym equipment
You will not need to bring kettlebells, resistance bands, skipping ropes or any other fitness equipment.
3. What happens at my first PT session in Brisbane?
The approach taken to introductory personal training sessions can vary from personal trainer to personal trainer, but there’s generally some common ground as to what to expect.
Firstly, while you can expect to spend some time filling out paperwork or talking to your personal trainer rather than working out the whole time, you should still attend the session dressed in gym gear. This is because some personal trainers will have you doing a reduced version of your fitness program during the second half (or latter part) of your first session. Also, even if you don’t workout per se, you may undertake other activities which will require you to move freely.
You can expect your personal trainer to ask you questions about your health including any injuries, your reasons for booking the personal training appointment, what your job is as this can impact posture and fitness for example, your nutritional intake and lifestyle choices like whether you drink or exercise regularly.
Once you’ve had these discussions, you may undertake assessments like:
- being weighed and having your measurements taken including perhaps a body fat analysis
- performing movement exercises so your PT can better understand your range of motion and what muscles are over or underused for example
- undertaking some basic exercises or cardio testing so your PT can assess your skill, flexibility, endurance and fitness level
- having a postural assessment
Armed with the above information, your personal trainer will discuss a fitness program with you. This will include how many times you can commit to personal training sessions with you PT and how many times per week you can workout alone at the gym or perhaps undertaking some exercises at home or outdoors. Some personal trainers will also perform a mini walkthrough of your program at your first session and give you the opportunity to do a mini workout with reduced reps to ensure you are doing the exercises correctly and using the gym equipment properly.
Remember that if you feel uncomfortable or concerned about any aspect of your training plan, it is important to discuss this with your personal trainer immediately. Firstly, it is not only counter-productive to be doing exercises incorrectly because you’re unsure, but also dangerous. Your safety is paramount. Secondly, if you feel uncomfortable with any aspect of your program you are unlikely to do it and that is also counter-productive to your achieving your fitness goals.
4. Are subsequent personal training sessions the same as the first one?
No. The focus of subsequent Brisbane personal training sessions is for you to work out under the guidance and supervision of your personal trainer. What you do during each session will typically vary so that you focus on different muscle groups. This also keeps training interesting rather than being monotonous so you stay motivated.
5. How long do personal training sessions in Brisbane go for?
Personal training sessions can vary in length with the most common being either 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes long. It’s also quite likely that even if you prefer a shorter PT session, your first one-on-one session will go for a little bit longer and involve a bit of admin. Most group sessions are available as packs and will go for the same length of time each session.
6. How often many times will I have PT sessions per week?
This depends on your unique, personalised fitness program.
Many personal trainers will advise you to commit to two to three workout sessions per week, but not all of these sessions will be with your personal trainer. So for example, you might see you personal trainer on Monday and Friday, but workout by yourself on Wednesday.
To allow your body to recover and to avoid injuries or exercise burnout, it’s best not to work out over consecutive days.
7. Will personal training help me lose weight?
Weight loss is the number one fitness goal for many clients who book in with personal trainers. A program aimed at achieving weight loss will combine cardio training with resistance training to maximise results.
Your personal trainer may also give you nutritional advice or recommend other lifestyle changes to help you achieve your dream weight. While PTs have a breadth of experience and knowledge that is useful to improving your health, fitness and wellbeing, be mindful that most are not qualified nutritionists or dietitians. We always recommend you consult a nutritionist or dietitian to ensure you are receiving correct, detailed nutritional and dietary advice for you.
How successful you are in achieving your weight loss goals will depend on several factors including whether you follow your fitness program properly and other advice such as consuming a balanced diet for your constitution.
8. Will I be sore after PT in Brisbane?
When you begin a new workout routine, it’s quite common for clients to experience some soreness, especially after the first few personal training sessions. You will likely feel it 24-48 hours after your workout, but it shouldn’t last for more than a couple of days. Having said that, not all clients feel sore or experience it for the same length of time. Soreness isn’t a measure of how successful your PT session was, so you don’t need to feel sore after each session to feel like you are achieving results.
Avoiding consecutive training sessions will allow your body time to recover between workouts.
9. Can I bring a friend to my personal training session?
There are different styles of training sessions offered by personal trainers. These range from one-on-one sessions to two-on-one and group sessions. If you feel more comfortable training with a friend, it’s best that you book into a two-on-one session. The different styles of training sessions offered by Brisbane personal trainers are set out in the listings below.