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1. What clothing should I wear to a PT session?
As you will most likely be working up quite a sweat, the best type of clothing for personal training sessions should allow free movement and not restrict breathing room for your skin. A pair of comfortable and supportive running shoes are also recommended. It is also common courtesy to bring your own towel, and during extensive exercises we recommend wearing wrist or forehead sweatbands.
2. Can I bring others to my personal training session?
This is based on the agreement between you and your personal trainer. You may prefer a session with your personal trainer where they focus only on you, or a two on one session where you workout with a friend or family member. You can also opt-in for group training sessions, where you get to work out with other members. We recommend seeking out others to join in on your session when your physical goals and current state align. Always be sure to ask your personal trainer well in advance if they can accommodate other people.
3. How long is a typical Sydney PT session?
PT sessions usually range between thirty to sixty minutes. Booking a one-on-one PT session could extend to more than an hour while most group sessions are fixed. Highly intensive sessions tend to last a shorter duration, whereas exercises that tend more to flexibility or rehabilitation may take longer as movements tend to be slower and more rest and recovery time is required.
4. How many days am I supposed to go to the gym?
Personal trainers develop a unique workout routine to achieve your fitness goals, though most routines involve from 3 to 5 sessions per week. For heavy weightlifting or high impact training, most recommend having resting days within a week so that your muscles can recover as you build tone. However, this can be balanced with sessions that are more about building your core abilities and fitness. Always be sure to ask your personal trainer if they’d recommend additional sessions either with a PT or on your own.
5. Will I get too tired after personal training sessions in Sydney?
Most people’s bodies feel tender and tired after their undertaking workout sessions for the very first time. Your body will adapt after developing a frequent workout pattern, at which point you should actually feel more energised and awake after sessions. Body soreness is not always a gauge for how well you did the exercises, and most soreness is centred on a part of the body that was a focus of the day’s workout. This soreness will tend to pass within 48 hours.
6. Do I go through the same workout routine each time I visit my PT?
Most PTs will focus on a specific muscle group in each workout session, which may makeup your typical workout week. Generally, you would not work on the same exercises, machines or muscle groups in successive sessions. Your personal trainer may have a standard warm up session and then let you know what you will do for the day. The exercises you do with a personal trainer are progressive, where repetitions or weights become more intense as your body adapts and builds strength to get closer to your fitness goals.
7. My main aim is to lose weight. Can my personal trainer help with that?
A large percentage of people booking personal training sessions are interested in losing weight. Cardio and resistance exercises are mostly assigned to people that want to lose weight. Sometimes, personal trainers also put into consideration the diet of their clients. You can also contact a nutritionist or dietician to prescribe the best type of food to eat to help with your weight loss. The result of your weight loss is dependent on how strictly you can adhere to your personal trainer exercise routine and a prescribed diet.
8. What do I expect from my first PT session?
Your first Sydney personal trainer session will involve introductions, paperwork that covers your aims and current health, and discussions about your goals, lifestyle and general wellbeing. As many first sessions may also involve an actual test session be sure to allow for extra time and arrive early. Your availability and schedules will be noted so that a training routine can be planned. Your personal trainer will likely measure your current base weight, your height, and body fat. Additional tests may be undertaken depending on your goals. You may also run a demo of your workout routine to better understand your current fitness levels, strength and resilience.
9. What are the benefits of working with a personal trainer?
Working with a personal trainer ensures your exercises are specific to your fitness goals and are safely executed without any injury. Personal trainers are expert in designing the best workout program for you, and often can design exercises that allow for certain conditions or injuries. While many people choose to frequent a gym or undertake other physical activities without a PT, a professional is able to adjust your movements so that you are building all muscle tone evenly so that muscle groups aren’t overcompensating for weaker or inflexible areas, all achieved in a timely manner so that your fitness time is optimised.
10. What will I need to bring in a PT session?
Except for athletic clothing and running shoes, you need to arrive with a water bottle and a towel. A towel is mandatory in most gyms, to make sure you can remove any sweat from the exercise machines used. Some gyms provide water dispensary source for gym users. You are responsible for the safekeeping of your phone or wallet in the gym, and many contain lockers. We also recommend a spare change of clothes so that you can shower and change after an intense workout.