Matching Trainer and Burner

Ok, lets all be honest with ourselves for a second, that new routine we just promised we’d start will likely fail. It’s a common story, I know, its happened to me many times in the past.

Personally, until I started cycling and working out with a ‘Love The Burn’ colleague, I had tried gym memberships, running clubs and various classes at the local fitness centre. Cycling is something I particularly enjoy, and go every Sunday; loving the distance I manage to travel and the thinking time it affords me. As for working out with Scott, we manage to push each other and ensure neither of us avoid a session when we don’t feel like it, the friendly banter and competitive spirit help keep it exciting. Although he can still do more sit ups than I can.

So, here’s the thing, and it isn’t rocket science or anything revolutionary, but we all need reminding of it sometimes. If we don’t enjoy something, the chances are we will look for excuses not to do it and will struggle for motivation. Most often, the workout that works best for you won’t be based on the number of calories you burn or kilo’s you lose, it will be the one you’re motivated to stick to. This applies equally to diet as to exercise regimes, if we enjoy what we’re eating and what we’re doing to be active, it makes it much easier to form a new routine, stick to it, and feel happier.

For a personal trainer, the same can be true. Not everyone gets on with one another, and a trainer could easily find that a client just doesn’t respond to their techniques and motivation and therefore maybe they are not best matched to each other. This isn’t a failure, in fact it is much better to realise this and act on it so time isn’t wasted and the people involved can work towards their goals faster and more efficiently.

Most trainers have things they are better at than others, whether its specific event training, muscle building, or general fitness. Finding the one who works for you can take time, but it is worth the effort to maximise your results and to ensure you’re enjoying it.

‘Move Blog’ put three questions to people to help them find the best work out routine for them:

1. Does it make you smile?

You don’t have to stand in the corner grinning like a Cheshire cat as you bicep curl, but if you’re having fun during exercise, it will impact on whether you will be motivated to continue.

Whether it’s an inward smile as you fight the burn, a giggle during an energetic dance session or even just a smile of triumph after a great weights session, when you feel the mood boosting benefit of exercise, you’ll never want to let it go!


2. Can you stick to it?

We’re not going to lie. Sometimes committing to a fitness routine is hard and there’ll be times where you’ll not be in the mood – that’s when you really have to dig deep to get the motivation and get your ass into gear.

But if you dread every workout or your routine demands you to spend 5 hours in the gym (hello, we all have lives too!), you’ll be unlikely to stick it out. You need to find something that you can sustain in the long-term. Not just six weeks.

Having the convenience to pop into a variety of different fitness providers and venues is key to finding the perfect workout schedule that suits you. Being able to tailor your own routine according to your location and mood is guaranteed to ensure you’ll always be enjoying your workouts… not to mention, shaking up activities will stop you from getting bored and demotivated!

It’s human nature to want to get better at whatever we set our minds (or bodies!) to. Without seeing improvements or progression in fitness, it’s easy to feel deflated and throw in the towel. Studies have proven that seeing change is what spurs us to continue and maintain our motivation!

So is the workout getting easier? Are you faster, fitter and stronger? Can you now do the ‘moves’ without cringing? In order to track your fitness journey, check markers every month to ensure your workout type is right for you. Also, monitoring energy levels is an effective way to check up on progression too.

So, how did you do? Exercise needs to be fun, we’re all wired differently, so don’t worry if you don’t like what someone else does, its your body, and only you know what works for it and what doesn’t.