Top Tips // So you want a PT?

Quick fixes, protein shakes, steroids, fat burners… omg stop my head is going to explode. There are so many things out there on the market that claim to be your saviour when it comes to getting fit or fat loss – the real answer? Good, clean food with some exercise chucked in for good measure. 

The steroid industry is unfortunately all around us whether you know about it or not, if you’re at a gym I’ll be more surprised if you haven’t seen a ‘roid head in there. Steroids work for some people & I’m in no place to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do with their lives. However, I can chat to you about transformations & those trusty PT”s we have. 
It’s become more and more to my attention of personal trainers claiming they have created this huge transformation on their client & yes the bloody results are often CURAZY. You may even find yourself reaching for your cheese to grate it up on those abs of theirs. Which is great, good for that client & how they chose to achieve their results. 
However, is it natural? unfortunately it’s not always. Those personal trainers that are chizzled in all the right places and have outstanding results for their clients sometimes have steroids or extreme fat burners involved. Please don’t take this as a dig or trying to dig people out because it certainly isn’t, this post is to bring those of you looking for personal trainers & seeing these transformations aware of activities you may not know about to advice you on doing research on your personal trainer first. Steroids etc might be something you don’t mind trying but if it doesn’t sit right with you, it isn’t a bad thing to question a potential personal trainer (given that they might not tell you the whole truth as most gyms ban that kind of activity) but you can chat to others around you.
I read an incredible article in Women’s Health Magazine (biased, I know) about how personal trainers are offering out diet plans. This actually isn’t a qualification you receive on completing your level 3 course. Therefore, before paying for a diet plan, ask to see their qualifications or ensure you have a good chat with them first about that kind of thing, a good PT wouldn’t be offended on your cautiousness – after all PT’s don’t come cheap. *a lot of PT’s you can trust on diet, if they’ve had a lot of experience, sometimes qualifications aren’t everything but it’s still something we should all be aware of. 
I have the awful tendency of often judging a book by cover but I often find myself judging because surely a PT can not offer advice if they aren’t in the best shape themselves? Wrong. From working closer to the industry and going through different challenges myself, keeping yourself in peak condition isn’t always doable. Personal life gets in the way, maybe they have different goals to just being in crazy shape, but it doesn’t take away their knowledge of the industry. I do believe in a practise what you preach method but It’s also to remember your PT isn’t a machine (all the time).
Also, big doesn’t always mean scary. If you’re PT is in great shape, or MASSIVELY muscley it can often be intimidating, remember it’s their job & it’s also their job to help you.
PT’s tend to have their preferred way of training, James Doolan is very much into Cross Fit where as The Body Coach is a big fan of the HIIT workout. There is absolutely nothing wrong with either, this is where it comes down to personal preference. Don’t be afraid to try before you buy with PT’s, most wont take it personal, but when you’re undergoing such an often huge change in your life, you want to enjoy it. Find a PT that works with what you enjoy. 
I read an article about women fancying their personal trainer & shit me, I was howling. It was about because they are personal & touch you etc. I can kind of see it but I can’t say i’d fancy someone that puts me through a growling workout. However, research says otherwise, so yano – if you’re worried you could go head over heels for your trainer or is one to get embarrassed infront of a hottie. Go all girl power – it’s very rare girls stick together and have each others back & I really feel the gym is where we need to stick together the most. It’s still very male dominated & I guarantee there are more male PT’s in your gym than females – so support them (in the least feminist way) & equally if you’re a personal trainer that’s a female, be approachable, us girls get embarrassed about this whole fitness shiz as it is. 

I really hope this helps a bit if you’re thinking about getting a personal trainer. I don’t want this to scare you or make you think there is more to worry about, the majority of trainers i’ve met are honest about your goals and do know their stuff, this post was simply to help you out before you spend all that money.

Love Chlo xxxx

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