Happy first day of May! I feel like 2017 is going by SO fast and I’m not sure how I feel about it. But I am, however, excited for some warm weather and beach days! I’m in major need of a tan, and I’ve been missing my beach workouts big time. I’ll make sure to post some of my beach workouts, since some of y’all have been asking for them!
Today’s topic is kind of a bunch of topics put together. HA. As a personal trainer, I get asked A LOT of questions about various health related topics.
Diet, exercise, water consumption, rest days, training schedules…and the list goes on.
So I’ve compiled 10 questions I get asked the MOST and I decided to answer them for y’all!
Here we go:
The first step, as cliche as it sounds, is being MENTALLY ready. A lot of times, new clients have outrageous goals like losing 20 pounds in 1 month by working out everyday for 3 hours a day. This just isn’t sustainable nor is it possible. So it’s super important that you are mentally prepared for how the process works & what to expect. I always sit my clients down before our first session and help them determine realistic training goals and what a potential training regimen will look like, that way there’s no surprises!
2} How many times a week should you train when you’re NOT training with me? And how many times should you train with me?
I always recommend that clients start training with me 3 times a week, if it fits their budget. And additionally, two times without me. Once you start to feel more comfortable with exercise form and can begin to plan your own workouts, I tell clients to cut back to 2-4 times a month. This way, you still get to check in with me, track your progress, and reevaluate your training regimen.
3} What is the best diet for weight loss/getting toned?
High protein, low carb diets are going to get you the fastest results if you want to get toned. But it’s very important that you incorporate healthy fats into your diet! Lots and LOTS of coconut oil and avocado is my favorite way to eat my healthy fats. And for the carbs that you DO eat (because it’s pretty impossible to cut them out completely), stay far far away from processed carbs. I always reach for brown rice, oatmeal, or sweet potatoes for some carb-y energy. So simple!
Absolutely not! I get asked this question by women pretty frequently and they are always shocked when I answer. Lifting weights doesn’t make you bulky, but HOW you lift weights can determine what types of muscles you build. For example, if you lift super heavy weights and only do 8-10 reps per set, you are lifting for MASS rather than LEAN MUSCLE. So it’s important that when you lift weights, pick up a moderate poundage and do 15-20 reps per set. That way, you are building lean and long muscle rather than bulky ones.
5} How do I create a workout plan for my clients?
It all starts with the first session! Upon training with a new client, our first session together consists of pretty basic full body movements. I need to get to know their body and how it moves while also assessing what types of exercise the client likes. From there, I can accurately create a workout plan that works for them! Each client is different…some people want to grunt and sweat and lift heavy until they can’t move. Other people want emotional support as well as the physical aspect of training; so those exercises are a little slower paced.
At this point, I’ve been training for quite some time so it’s easy to create workouts from a basic “formula.” That formula varies from client to client depending on their specific goals but it makes it easy to create workouts for them quickly. So I always like to check in with the client before we start our session to see how they’re feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically and I go from there. Then I write down the workout we did that day so that I make sure not to repeat any exercises the next time I train them!
This will vary for everyone. But if you stay consistent in following the workout & diet plan I set out for you, there will be noticeable differences in your body within about 4 weeks. It takes about 6 months or so to see lasting results. So when you see the little improvements, use them as motivation to make the long lasting, BIG changes!
7} What’s the best way to measure progress?
Body fat testing is the most accurate way to measure progress. You can read my post on body fat composition HERE. But for some people, looking at actual number stresses them out. So progress pictures are another great way to measure progress! Take a picture every 4 weeks of your training program and when you put them all next to each other, the improvement is undeniable. If you’ve ever tried Kayla Itsines’ workouts, she suggests progress pictures as a means of tracking your body and so many women have tried it. Let me tell ya, it works! Also, just going by the fit of your clothes can be a motivating way to track progress.
8} Is it best to train in the morning or in the evening?
I get this question A LOT. But honestly, it’s totally based on personal preference! Personally, I’m like a middle of the day exerciser only because that’s when I have free time in my schedule! Some people like morning workouts because it gets them energized for the day. Others like evening workouts because it expels all their energy, that way they get a good night sleep. Try out both and see how each workout makes you feel and go from there.
I’m a huge fan of working your abs every single day! Having a strong core is so important in so many aspects of fitness, not to mention everyday life. Plus, who doesn’t want a six pack?! Core strength does wonders for your stability as well, which is essential in a lot of more advanced forms of exercise. I have several ab routines in my workout index that you can follow along with or you can search different ab exercises and form your own routine. I love to get up about 15 minutes before I normally do and knock out a little ab routine. It energizes me for the day and helps lean out the mid section!
10} How do you prepare for your first session with a personal trainer?
First, make sure to have any medical information that pertains to your physical health ready for me to look over. It’s SO important that I have as much information as possible about any possible injuries or conditions that could effect your workout. Also, have any info about your previous workout habits prepared as well. Then make a list of all the wants, needs, and goals you have for your training so that way I make create the more effective workout regimen possible! My job is to make YOU feel good about your workouts and to get YOU to your goals. So it’s easier for me to make that happen if I have as much information as possible.
And there you have it, my top asked questions…ANSWERED.
If you have any questions for me about literally anything health related, ask it in the comments or you can contact me HERE. I love helping my HH|HH babes out!