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What to expect from your first personal training session

June 28, 2018

What to expect from your first personal training session

Exercise specialist Cliff Bardelli trains client Patrick Jones at the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital.

Whether you’re new to the gym or looking to change up your standard routine, deciding to use a personal trainer can be essential to getting the most out of your fitness routine.

“The number one reason people decide to get a personal trainer is motivation,” says Cliff Bardelli, an exercise specialist at the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital.

“Everyone has different goals when it comes to health and fitness, but many lack the internal motivation to accomplish these goals on their own,” he says. “Working with a trainer helps give people the accountability and consistency they need to show up to the gym and work hard day in and day out.”

Bardelli adds, “Other significant reasons people sign up with a personal trainer include sport-specific training, injury avoidance and, last but not least, fun.”

A good trainer will help break up the monotony of your basic routine, teaching new exercises and thus helping to break through plateaus.

Your first visit with a personal trainer shouldn’t be a stressful experience. The best thing you can do is come in with clear and thoughtful goals. This will make things much easier on your trainer when it comes to setting up your exercise program going forward. Make sure to have a thorough, completed health history for your trainer to review.

Expect your first session to be mostly evaluation, conversation and a little demonstration done by your trainer. You will get a light workout as well, but every good trainer knows less is more on your first day.

The first personal training session will include:

  • Review of your goals and reasons for signing up
  • Going over your health history and any previous injuries or physical limitations
  • Sharing what previous exercise programs you have tried, if any
  • A basic fitness assessment including various flexibility exercises, body weight movement patterns and a light cardiovascular test
  • Other fitness assessment tools specific to your needs, goals and ability levels
  • Optional body composition measurements including body fat percentage and circumference measurements
  • A discussion regarding nutritional habits is also very common, but this will vary depending on your trainer’s experience and comfort level giving out nutrition advice

“The best advice I can give someone considering personal training is to be picky,” says Bardelli. “Every trainer has a different background and a different training style.”

“There are many great trainers and many not-so-good ones out there,” he adds. “Look deep into your potential trainer’s education background and experience, and most of all, make sure your personalities match up.”

The Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital offers monthly and annual memberships, group fitness classes, and personal training. Learn more about Fitness Center options.

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