I am a marketing and communications consultant and freelance writer. Living on the Gold Coast in Australia. Check out my website www.sarahsays.com.au or follow on Twitter @WENGoldCoast
Published June 28th 2012
Personal Trainer: Friend or Foe?
I was recently given the opportunity to have a personal training session, which was recommend by a friend of a friend (um thanks), with a personal trainer who lives locally in the Gold Coast.
Now in the past, if I am honest, I have always avoided personal trainers, whenever that option was used as an incentive at a gym (even if free) I have always said no, I like to work at my own pace and really don't like the idea of being told what to do, and how to do it and continuously being monitored.
So my initial thought when I agreed was visions of torture and pain and a drill Sergeant persona! I am told by Ellie (my very unscary and lovely PT) this is often the misconception and people assume (ahem guilty!) that they are there to make you suffer and embarrass you. I found out today I couldn't be more wrong.
As you may know (if you have read my Top Tips To Losing Weight The Right Way article) I have recently lost just over 10 kilos in 5 months (yay me) but I seem to have hit a weight loss wall and haven't really lost anymore in the last few weeks. So my session with Ellie couldn't have come at a better time as I think I needed to shake things up and challenge myself again.
We started off with a consultation where we discussed problem areas, my goals, my lifestyle, what I eat and medical stuff. According to Ellie "nutrition" is key and without basic knowledge you could be doing more harm than good. She was so knowledgeable and gave some great tips on what to eat and I learnt loads in just the first 5 minutes. From what I told her she came up with a great routine, designed to challenge not to kill, that I could do and expand on, as it got easier.
Then we got started, boxing to warm up, I loved this, it was so much fun, great cardio plus great for coordination and alertness (plus pretty therapeutic as a few faces certainly popped up on the boxing pads). Then on to some exercises to strengthen my core, then some to address some problem areas then finally some weights and a great stretch out.
Ellie came to me and we trained in the gym on my estate which meant I could talk through what I usually do and it turns out that there were a couple of things I was doing that were not good for me. She gave me tips on how many sets to do, how to challenge myself and how to best use the equipment I have in the gym.
Ellie was encouraging and friendly throughout and I really enjoyed it. I now have a new routine, which I know will challenge me again and will produce lasting results.
My advice to anyone who, like me, has been put off using a personal trainer in the past is to give it a try and if you live in the Gold Coast I highly recommend Ellie. They understand the body, exercise and food and can give you vital advice on weight loss, toning and nutrition that us regular folk simply just don't know, plus as we all know there are so many mixed messages out there its easy to get things wrong or confused.
Ellie tailored the session around what I wanted and what I felt comfortable doing, always asking how I was, ensuring I drank water and had enough of a rest throughout, but most importantly that I continued to breathe (its odd how you forget). They will push you hard and work you harder but only if that is what you want and that's the main point, a personal trainer is there to help you, and to encourage you to reach and exceed your goals. They want you to succeed, that is their goal and i am sure you will agree it's good to have someone fighting your corner.
So in conclusion a personal trainer: friend or foe? Definitely friend and I can't wait for my next session. Thanks Ellie.