There are many forms of training and there are many places to go to train. Everyone is different – some clients like working in a group capacity, others like classes or some prefer 1 to 1 training in a private studio.

Below are 6 reasons why the latter might just be for you.

1)PRIVATE – The majority of people wanting to start at the gym or PT sessions often lack confidence, which holds them back from training. With a studio gym, it’s just you and your personal trainer, who isn’t there to judge, but to help.

2)PERSONAL – Maybe you’re not a fan of crowded locations or aren’t comfortable communicating with lots of people on a regular basis, like you often have to do in most gyms. This may cause unwanted stress and so a private, personal studio could help you feel more at ease. This kind of location could not only be an excellent choice for your physical development but also importantly for your personal development. The key is for your PT to be able to make you feel comfortable to get the most out of you and the session.

3)ENVIRONMENT – Environment refers back to the first point, if you are in a positive environment then you are more likely to have positive results because you are training hard. This is due to you being in this positive environment which is helping you to create a positive mindset.

4)LOW KEY – Not everyone has a supportive family who will back you every step of the way. Sometimes a smart remark can really knock your confidence without your family members realising. One of my clients liked training with me because I wasn’t located in the middle of town, which was a huge advantage to her as she didn’t want people to see her training (I could write an article alone on why this is morally wrong but I shall leave that for another day!). But back to the family aspect of this story, when she was training with me she wouldn’t tell her family she had a personal trainer because of their negative responses and comments like, ‘you are just wasting your money with a personal trainer’ and so on. She was also being told that she was perfectly healthy and didn’t need to fix her diet which was interesting considering we found her to be in the obese category…

5)THE QUALITY OF TRAINING – In a private studio, your personal trainer will know exactly what is at their disposal so the training should be pinpoint to the client’s needs. In more commercial gyms trainers may have to divert from their session plans for a number of reasons, perhaps due to the area or equipment being occupied, however this is not the case with a private studio environment.

6)FOCUSED – When training you have no unwanted distractions like someone grunting after completing a mammoth deadlift. There is more peace and tranquillity in this environment where you can focus on the task at hand and ensure you get the job done. When training it’s all about you and since you don’t see anyone else training you are not creating unnecessary benchmarks e.g. Big Dave over there is squatting with 4 plates on each side so I need to be doing that too. You are focusing on what matters to you and your own development; keeping training personal.

One step away from relapsing…

Scales are stressful, to say the least, whether it’s for the client or the personal trainer. To lose 1 lb per week you need to have a calorie deficit of 3500 calories so that is 500 calories deficit a day. Clients and the average gym goer can get hung up on the numbers shown on the scales. All that clean eating, hard work and sweat you have put into each workout and then boom, the scales tell you that you haven’t done enough! This can dishearten anyone and everyone, but don’t worry the body is so much more complex than a few numbers on the scale.

Fat is put on and lost at a faster rate than muscle, muscle as we know takes longer to build but also takes longer to lose.
Muscle is more condensed but it weighs more than fat, so if you are losing 2lb per week this is more likely to be fat rather than muscle. So don’t worry if this is the case for you, you are doing a good job!
On the other hand, if you are not obese and are constantly losing 6 – 7lbs each week then this is more likely to include muscle and you need to revise your diet, and quick.

What you eat and what time you eat can also play havoc with the scales. I know a number of gym-goers usually weigh themselves at the end of sessions, if that is your thing no problem you go for it. Here are some things you should remember though.
You can easily put on 2-3 lbs of weight due to a large intake of water. The stomach content of the day will probably still be lying in your stomach, which will also add an extra pound or 2 to the scale. Depending on your diet too, eating a lot of pasta and rice for your lunch/dinner (carbohydrates) can also cause you to retain water due to glycogen storage. Similarly sodium, like carbohydrates, should be kept under control as it can cause jumps in body weight. I know with all theses variables you are probably surprised you are even losing any weight so far.

The final aspect we will touch on is cortisol and stress as these usually go hand in hand. For anyone unfamiliar with cortisol, in simple terms, it is a hormone that regulates a number of processes in the body such as immune responses and metabolism. The problem with cortisol when considering weight loss is that it can cover up any fat loss by retaining water. Why has cortisol become an issue all of a sudden? The answer is that it reacts to stress factors whether from your training, your new diet or from everyday factors such as stresses at work or lack of sleep etc. The key is to try and bring into place some stress relievers to keep you calm.

Some Tips to Using Scales:

1) Remember this article (don’t stress over the numbers).

2) Weigh yourself in the morning (results are more reliable).

3) Place scales on a solid floor for a more accurate reading.

4) Try and be consistent with timing.

5) Always use the same scales.

6)Weigh yourself once a week.

7)If you can’t resist checking the scales then forget tip 6 and follow this tip. Weigh yourself every morning at the same time, taking note of your weight every day. At the end of the week compare all of the results from Monday-Sunday and get an average, do the same the following week. If your average is smaller on week 2 i.e. 12st 1lb opposed to 12st 4lb then you have lost 3lb.

8)I like my clients to have an old piece of clothing they love but unfortunately, they can’t get into anymore. Every week I ask them to try that item of clothing on and hopefully, as the weeks go by they will gradually begin to fit back into it. This is a great way to see if you are losing weight.

9) Before and after pictures are also a great way to check progression.

10)Try other forms of measurements such as using a tape measure to keep track of certain areas such as chest, mid-stomach, and lower stomach.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. Below are reasons why you should consider getting a personal trainer. Remember a Personal Trainer is not essential it is a luxury.

1) Instructions – You are taught the how/why of each exercise.

2) Injury Risk – Your trainer should be able to train you while keeping your risk of injury to an all time low.

3) Personalised Workout – Your trainer will have all aspects covered, even imbalances you might not have realised you had. Some clients also don’t want to think when they are training, they just like to be told what to do and follow instructions, your trainer can tailor their sessions to what suits you.   4) Knowledge – You will be provided with a wealth of knowledge whether it is in dietary or supplementary.

5) Accountability – You might be inclined to skip sessions here and there if you are training by yourself but with having a personal trainer, you are accountable for your results and you know you need to be there when you say you will be, helping you stick to your plans.

6) Motivation – Your personal trainer should motivate you to improve yourself. Sometimes you might come into the session in a bad mood but your trainer should be able to access the issue and work around the problem to get the most out of you. Motivation can also come in the form of having a support environment to work in or the results you are seeing in yourself should push you forward.

7) Variety- Not all exercises are suited to everyone. Just because you see people on social media performing squats doesn’t mean you should be doing what they do too. A personal trainer will know if maybe you are not getting the most out of an exercise, and if not they can then give you a different exercise or adapt it to help you get the best results.

8) Optimal – If you are booked into a 1 hour session you should be getting a full hour’s workout. The personal trainer will have your session ready to go on time and should do everything in their power to ensure that you get the most out of the session. This does not mean you should need an oxygen mask after every session, some sessions might be on improving techniques i.e. deadlift, to help with development in future sessions. This is a huge bonus of having a personal trainer as from experience, a number of clients make the same comment that if they were at the gym they would not know how to plan out their sessions efficiently, nor would they push themselves as hard and end up spending 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the gym. Time is valuable.