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1. Do I have to see a personal trainer by myself?
While having one-on-one personal training sessions are a great way for your personal trainer to focus solely on you and developing and evaluating your progress, it’s not uncommon for people to book two-on-one or group training sessions. Some people feel they are more motivated training with a friend or a group of people. Whatever you choose, you can be sure to expect to be challenged and motivated during your sessions with a view to improving your fitness goals.
Not all trainers will offer one-on-one, two-on-one and group sessions. Make sure you book into the style of training session you prefer using the listings below.
2. Is there a dress code for personal training?
It is best that you wear athletic wear such as well-fitted runners, leggings, shorts, tank tops, sports bras and t-shirts. You may also choose to bring a hoodie to stay warm after your workout. Ideally, your clothing should allow you to move freely during your workout without making you feel uncomfortable or compromising your PT session.
Some other tips include:
- choose runners that are appropriate for personal training sessions and your foot type. For example, if you have flat feet you may prefer sneakers with low arches and substantial cushioning. If your feet feel uncomfortable during or after your PT session, or you feel they lack support, it’s worth talking to a podiatrist or your GP to find the right shoes for you. You may be doing more harm than good if you are exercising in the wrong shoes
- avoid wearing jewellery to your session
- avoid wearing cotton t-shirts. Cotton absorbs moisture easily and becomes sticky and heavy during your workout as you sweat
- invest in technical/performance fabrics like those that are flexible or that draw moisture away from the body (“moisture-wicking”)
3. Do I need to bring anything with me?
Yes! It’s important to stay hydrated during your session, so a water bottle is your friend. Most gyms also require you to bring a towel and to wipe down equipment after use.
Any additional items like your phone and wallet, can usually be stored in secure lockers if your session is taking place indoors. You might not have this luxury if you’ve booked outdoor personal training sessions.
Be aware that your personal trainer and gym will not take responsibility for lost or stolen items, so you may prefer to bring only what you absolutely need.
You don’t need to bring any fitness equipment like mats and resistance bands with you.
4. How long do personal training sessions in Melbourne go for?
Personal training sessions are available in different durations and vary from personal trainer to personal trainer. The most popular session lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes and 60 minutes. It’s not uncommon for personal trainers to offer longer introductory PT sessions.
5. What can I expect at my first PT session?
The format may vary from trainer to trainer, so you may or may not do any actual working out during your first session. Here’s a common example of how your first training session may go:
- Arrive at your session wearing athletic gear. If you plan on getting changed there, ensure these facilities are available and bring the adequate attire. While there’s a chance you may not work out at this session, you should still dress in gym gear
- Be welcomed by your trainer who will give you a brief overview of themselves and try to get to know a bit about you. During this process they may ask you about your general health and wellbeing including any pre-existing injuries or recent operations, your fitness goals and why you booked in for personal training, what you do for work as this can impact your health and fitness, diet and lifestyle choices such as whether you smoke and how often you exercise. You may also be asked to fill out some paperwork
- Be weighed to get your baseline weigh and you may have body fat measurements taken
- Do some basic exercises like squats and lunges to assess your fitness level and skill. You may also undertake movement analysis which simply means your PT will ask you to do a series of movements with the view to assessing your range of motion, joint alignment and muscle movement. There are a number of other examinations that could be undertaken including but not limited to postural assessment, cardio testing and flexibility assessment
- Discuss your personalised fitness program and how often you would like to (or can) workout to achieve the goals you have set. This discussion not only involves how many times you will have personal training sessions, but also how many times you will attend the gym by yourself to workout
- Undertake a mini walkthrough of your workout routine with your personal trainer including advice on how many reps to start with. If time permits (or if it’s how your PT structures their first appointments), you may have the opportunity to undertake a reduced number of exercises or rep to accommodate for time.
It will not be your personal trainer’s intention to overwhelm you or give you exercises that are unreasonable for you to undertake. If you feel uncomfortable or concerned with any aspect of your training program, ensure you discuss this with your PT.
6. What happens at subsequent personal training sessions?
With the administrative and introductory process out of the way at your first Melbourne personal training session, the following lessons will be more hands on. You will either come in early and do warm ups so you can get right into training with your personal trainer, or you will start your PT session off with warm up exercises and stretches.
Your personal trainer will then introduce you to your exercises for the day, how many reps you will be doing, why those exercises were selected for you and what muscle group(s) that each exercise helps with.
7. Is it normal to feel sore after personal training?
Yes! Soreness is a common by-product of commencing a new fitness program or undertaking personal training after some time away. Not all clients will report feeling sore after commencing PT, but those that do usually report feeling this sensation for around 24-48 hours before passing.
It’s worth noting that soreness is not an indicator of how successful your personal training sessions in Melbourne are, so it shouldn’t be used as a yardstick to measure results. It is, however a good indicator from your body that it could do with some downtime to recover between workouts. A great way to achieve this is to avoid training over consecutive days.
8. Weight loss is my main goal. Can personal training help?
Many clients book in with Melbourne personal trainers to lose weight. Your personal trainer can help you lose weight, but how successful you are will depend on several factors including whether you follow your fitness program properly and consume the right things for your body.
You will usually find that if your primary fitness goal is to lose weight, the program developed for you will have a combination of resistance training and cardio.
It’s also worth noting that while dietary advice from your personal trainer is great because of their hands-on experience, most PTs are not qualified nutritionists or dietitians. For accurate dietary advice tailored to your needs, it is best to consult a dietitian or nutritionist.
9. How often should I exercise?
This will depend on the fitness program you have developed with your personal trainer to achieve the goals you have set. It’s quite common that you are advised to start out with two to three sessions per week. Not all of these sessions have to be with your personal trainer and it’s best that they do not occur over consecutive days to avoid injury and burnout.