10 Secrets of Working With a Personal Trainer

by Ken Hunt
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Jun 8, 2012

Here are some tips on getting the most out of your workout and the time and money you spend on personal training.

1. Set realistic goals and be confident. Be realistic about how much time you have for the results you want, and how you can achieve them. Develop a list of both short- and long-term goals. This will keep you motivated to accomplish and surpass them.

2. Get specific about what you want to achieve. Your trainer will not automatically know what you want to accomplish. So make sure you are specific and tell your trainer exactly what your goals are.

3. Have fun! Working out should be enjoyable. Your personal trainer is there to push you and motivate you, but never to intimidate you. So talk with your trainer about activities you enjoy, your schedule and exercises you don't particularly like. This way, he or she can devise a routine you'll love.

4. Performing each exercise correctly is imperative, so watch your form. To achieve the best possible results and to stay injury-free, follow your trainer's instructions about proper form. And don't forget to warm up, breathe during your workout and stretch and cool down.

5. Expect to begin to see results in 3 months. The three-month mark can be a good indicator of how you're doing. In about 90 days, you should be able to notice results -- whether it be that your clothes are a little looser, your quality of sleep is better, or you just feel good all-around

6. Communication is the key to success. As with any relationship, communication is vital when it comes to a healthy and happy experience. Don't be afraid to give your trainer feedback.

7. You're going to have bad days. For every step forward you might experience a few steps back. But remember a slip is not a fall. The biggest problem trainers see in their clients is that their emotional confidence starts to dwindle when something goes wrong. Believe in yourself and believe you can do it

8. If you don't have a trainer, you can still stay motivated. You can always work out with a partner for extra encouragement. Perhaps you can get together with a group of co-workers and form a workout club. Each of you can be responsible for bringing a new exercise or workout suggestion to the mix.

9. You have to eat right, too. Personal trainers aren't miracle workers, so after you leave the gym, make sure you follow the diet plan you've established for yourself. Try keeping a food journal. You will be amazed at how aware you become when you need to write down everything you put in your mouth.

10. Don't forget to rest. Proper sleeping habits are important for you mentally. And if you don't rest your muscles properly before and after a good workout, you risk injury. Adjust your sleep schedule and get both quality sleep and a decent quantity of sleep.

Ken Hunt is the owner of New York and Miami’s Steel Gym, an AFI-certified trainer and a fitness expert with expert advice featured in the New York Times, Compete, Horizon Barcelona, La Cosmopolatina, Men’s Fitness, DailyBurn, SiriusXM and LA Talk Radio, Edge, Ethan Says, IDEA Fitness Journal, Latin Trends and many other health blogs and sites. He travels the US and Europe lecturing on physical fitness and is currently finishing his new book, The Hunt for Fitness. Under Ken’s management, Steel Gym has been named three years in a row the Number 1 gym in New York by the American Fitness Institute; three years in a row awarded the New York Award for Physical Fitness Facilities; has been named one of the Top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle & Fitness Magazine; and has been given the Talk of the Town Award four years in a row for Outstanding Customer Service. Steel Gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St. in Manhattan. Call (212) 352-9876, In Florida, Steel Gym is located at5556 NE 4th CT. Miami. Call (305) 751-7591. You can e-mail Ken at or log onto for more information. You can also follow Steel Gym on and


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