Why is the first stage of my Personal Training experience so important?
Did you know that 70-80% of people who start an exercise program dropout within the first two to three months? These are not good odds! It's now widely accepted that the problem has nothing to do with the person but rather with the process. You see, most people who want to start exercising, just start. Imagine if you wanted to build a house. You'd probably start out with an architectural plan first to know exactly what you wanted the finished product to look like. Or what if you wanted to start a business? The banks would require a business plan first, right? They'd want to ensure that you've really thought it through carefully and you've got a good plan to enhance success. Well, these same guidelines apply to exercise. You've got to have a plan for success. This is why the first few months of your Personal Training experience are so important. This is when most people drop out. So it’s our job to get you past this stage to the point where you’re experiencing great results – and that alone, will help to motivate you to keep going. But the problem is most people stop exercising before they even had the chance to see the changes to their body. We just won’t let that happen to you!
What happens before the first session? You will complete an 8 page Client Information questionnaire. The information gathered in the questionnaire is critical to helping your Personal Trainer design the most individualized program for you. It takes into account your medical, injury and physical fitness history, your current lifestyle, your present level of fitness and type of activities, your nutritional habits and more. Your trainer will be able to take this information along with your goals, interests and needs and create a custom-designed program that will make it easier for you to follow and achieve results. It will take you a bit of time to complete the questionnaire but we encourage you to be thorough in order to provide your Personal Trainer with all the tools necessary to really help you achieve your goals safely, effectively and permanently. And that way they won’t be wasting any time during your 1st session trying to gather information and instead can focus on the training program.
What happens in the first few sessions? The first few sessions are the most important. This is when your Personal Trainer helps you lay a strong foundation that you can build upon. You will determine how ready you are for the changes and whether you need to adjust your expectations dependent on your current lifestyle and other responsibilities. You will develop goals that will get you emotionally excited so that you will stay committed despite other priorities that may surface. You will establish a step by step plan to get you closer and closer to your goals. You will walk away with a very clear picture of what success is going to look like and what you need to do to get there. We will also perform a postural analysis. This is important because many people perform certain exercises that they should not be doing and are then compounding an existing imbalance and putting themselves at risk for a future injury. By completing this analysis, it allows your trainer to teach you the exercises you should be doing and show you the ones you should be avoiding. Generally, the first few sessions are not very active but don't be discouraged – the killer workouts come later! We typically start off pretty easy and gradually pick up the pace once we understand your capabilities and limitations. Each session and each workout will build upon this initial stage. However, you should still wear comfortable workout gear as you will be moving. Keep in mind if you are presently very fit and do not struggle with motivation, we will get to work right away!
What happens if I need to reschedule my session(s)? No problem. Just be sure to call at least 48 hours before your scheduled session(s). This advanced warning is required so that your Personal Trainer can then book another client into your time slot.
What happens if I don't give 48 hours notice? Unfortunately, due to high demand on our Personal Trainers' time, if you do not provide 48 hours notice, you will still be charged for the session. Our Trainers spend a lot of time preparing for their clients before the first session so in all fairness and respect to them, we require advanced notice in order to reschedule. Keep in mind though; this policy is helpful to you too. Clients are less likely to miss their workouts and renege on their commitment to themselves if they know they still have to pay. This keeps you accountable to yourself and your goals.
And consistency is what gets results!