It’s a common problem with the fitness industry; whether we start training on our own or with a personal
trainer, the initial results can be great – but then slow down dramatically past the three month mark. The role
of the personal trainer should be to continually push you out of your comfort zone and get results no matter
what stage you are with your training – so why does this frequently happen?
It can be down to a combination of lack of education on the PT’s part, the lack of an achievable and/or clear goal to work towards, and not enough support and coaching around your lifestyle. There’s no need to stick with a personal trainer if you’re not getting the results you wanted – as founder Tim Hayes explains in this week’s blog, “you wouldn’t keep going to a hairdresser that gave you unsatisfactory haircuts”!
Have your fitness results plateaued?
It’s happened to so many of us; a friend of mine had been working with a personal trainer for six months, and
for the last 3 months of that time nothing had really changed. She was quickly becoming bored of the same
routine and exercises, and her body had adapted enough that they weren’t really taking her out of her comfort zone anymore.
It’s a common problem with the fitness industry; whether we s tart training on our own or with a personal trainer, the initial results can be great – but then slow down dramatically past the three month mark. The role of the personal trainer should be to continually push you out of your comfort zone and get results no matter what stage you are with your training – so why was this not the case for my friend?
Firstly, it could be due to lack of expertise on the trainer’s side. Most PTs have done a six month course
(equating to about 30 days of actual learning), and some can even enter the business with as little as a six
week online course certificate. If your knowledge of exercise, or experience with a varied client base is limited,
it means you will end up relying on the same basic exercises after 3 months of a plan.
Setting a very tangible and clear goal is crucial to sustaining results, for both the trainer and client. It could be a number on the scale or having visible abs, but I find physical rather than aesthetic goals to be the most
constructive generally – i.e. completing 10 pull ups, lifting a certain weight, or competing a run in a certain
time. It is important to spend time talking with your trainer about your lifestyle, daily routines, sleep, stress,
work etc in order to build a fitness solution that is sustainable – too many trainers see their clients once a week with no idea of what their life is like outside the gym.
Too often people blame themselves for not getting results rather than their trainer. Whilst we all
have a responsibility to ourselves, the reason we work with a fitness professional is to be coached, not told. Once
goals have been set, not only your exercise, but your daily routines and nutrition should be constantly
monitored and adjusted by your personal trainer. They can then coach you into finding solutions that fit you
personally, rather than applying overly strict “rules” that the client is very likely to break at some point.
Whilst both the client and the PT must commit to each other over the duration of their training, there’s no need to stick with the same PT simply out of loyalty if you’re not getting the results you wanted.
At the end of the day my job as a trainer is to deliver some kind of payoff – whether that’s simply turning up to the gym, or weight loss, or improving self esteem, or being able to lift heavier weights.
However, if my client isn’t seeing significant results in the first three months I always suggest that we sit down
and talk about why this is.
Solutions can range from changing the goals, looking at what’s getting in the way, or even suggesting different
fitness solutions or personal trainers. Insanity is repeating the same things over and over and expecting different results. Loyalty to your trainer shouldn’t come into this; business is business and your needs must
come first. Would you endlessly go to a hairdresser that gave you unsatisfactory haircuts?