What to Expect From a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist?
You want to change your body. You’ve lost weight in the past but it was short-lived. You just can’t figure out how to do it and keep it off. I mean, how many times are you going to lose those same 20 lbs.? Now, almost begrudgingly, you are thinking about working with a personal fitness trainer.
What is Fitness?
Fitness is defined as “the condition of being physically fit and healthy”. To a point, this varies from person to person. For a senior who has never exercised and leads a sedentary life, it could start with going for a walk a few days every week. For an elite athlete, it could be a rigorous program combining strength training and intense interval training. For most people, it falls somewhere in between. A certified professional has the training, background, and experience to ask you the right questions in order to design an appropriate program for your fitness level and background to help you reach your goal. The delivery of your program can be in-person or online, or a hybrid.
Once you’ve started on this path, it is natural to question your nutrition.
There is so much conflicting “advice” available through different media sources that it is difficult to know what is true and applies to you.
What is Nutrition?
Nutrition is “food or nourishment”. This too has a broad meaning. Animals will eat whatever they can. As humans though, we want more control and we want to enjoy what we eat. Proper nutrition is choosing foods that allow us to function properly, sleep well, have energy, and perform at our peak performance in everything we do. Your diet, then, can be a combination of whole foods, meal replacement bars, and supplements such as whey protein. This is a conversation you and your trainer will have in order to determine what is best for you. A trained professional can help you learn how to make this a sustainable lifestyle that is easy to follow and gives you the results you want, whether it is weight loss, muscle build, or maintenance.
Fitness and nutrition are just two components of a healthy lifestyle, and focusing on just fitness without proper nutrition will not give you the results you want. Other factors that affect you are sleep quality, water intake, and stress management.
Think of many of the people you see every day at your gym. Most of them haven’t missed a day in the past one, five, or even ten 10 years. Yet they look the same. And they still want to lose those same 15 pounds.
Is this how you want to be in one year? In five years? In ten years?
No. You know it isn’t. What’s next then? Hire a professional.
What Should You Expect?
Simply put, you’ll get a well-rounded solution to help you reach your goals.