8 Tips on Personal Training and Body Building
8 Tips on Personal Training and Body Building
Everyone feels the steely feeling of determination and purpose that floods them when they finally make the decision to get super fit and finally get a chance at building the type of body that they have always thought of possessing. While making this decision is only half the battle, it is an important milestone along the path to being healthy and in full control of your body. The other half rests in whom you will choose to be your personal trainer and how you seek to achieve the physique that you have fantasized about for a very long time.
The good news is that you do not have to go very far for you to get the knowledge and help that you need to achieve your goal. The first thing that you should realize about body building is that education is your first and best weapon in the battle to get in shape. The following are some of the tips and suggestions that will help you choose the right personal trainer and also get your body in shape:
#1 Visit your local gym before you extend your search radius
The first place you should visit to get your very own personal trainer should be your local gym. This is due to the fact that most of the good guys are likely going to be found hanging out there. You will also benefit because you will likely have observed most of them in action (either consciously or subconsciously) and hence will be able to vet them better than someone you have never met or seen working. You will also have made friends in the gym, and this will translate into these good friends giving you solid advice of who to choose and who not to work with as you strive to be physically fit.
#2 Use the internet to good advantage
What happens if you do not have a local gym? What happens if there is no one good enough at your gym? What should you do next? Well, the answer to that question is simple. You will have to go online and extend your search for the best personal trainer who will walk with you and guide you on your journey to having the right body. However, you will have to be careful as the internet is full of both good and bad personal trainers. If you are not careful, you could very well end up with an unscrupulous person who is only out to fleece you of your hard earned money. Friends and coworkers who have also walked this path before you can be of great help, as they could recommend people who have a known track record. Review websites that are trustworthy and widely popular will also help you to achieve your goal.
#3 Make a shortlist
Your search for a personal trainer should not end with simply getting a list of viable candidates. You should create a shortlist and then spend a lot of time vetting your candidates for the position before making a decision. This is where a lot of care and due diligence will be required. For instance, you will need to know their qualifications. Ask for evidence, and make sure that you properly inspect the certificates that they will show you as proof of their competence. These certificates should be from reputable organizations that are known for their rigorous training and expertise in the field of personal training. You should not simply accept someone to train you and watch over you just because they have a certificate from an unknown institution.
It is also important to choose a personal trainer who works well with your personality type and can understand your motivation. It would be the height of folly to work with a personal trainer who will be like a drill sergeant to you, while you need a caring and gentle trainer who will give you words of motivation and encouragement when you seem ready to give up. It is therefore crucial that you select the trainer who will be able to understand you and respond appropriately.
You will also be required to ask for a track record, so that you can be assured of their ability to deliver on their promise. At its core, this is a financial transaction, and it is necessary to establish whether your candidate has a history of delivering results. Once you have done all this and you have your own private personal trainer, you will be ready for the next part of the body building exercise regimen.
#4 Body building begins at home
Your plan to get in shape should begin at home. It is the simple things that you do day in, day out that will play a decisive role in whether you will get the body you want or not. For instance, things like diet and getting enough sleep will start to matter more than ever before. You should work with your personal trainer to calculate the amount of calories you will need to take in every day. Your personal trainer shall also advice you on the proportion of proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins that you will be required to take every day. Suffice it to say that your days of eating anything you wanted at any time will be over.
It is also important to get the right amount of sleep. This is due to the fact that rest is a weapon, and getting enough sleep will allow your body to regenerate and rebuild itself after long sessions of training in the way that you desire. For example, after burning a lot of fat during your exercise regimen and after ingesting a healthy amount of protein, the body will convert this protein into lean muscle, replacing the fat that was there in the fast place, which is exactly what you were aiming for.
#5 Remember the 80-20 rule
It is also useful to remember that 80 percent of your success will come from 20 percent of your effort. This means that only a small portion of your exercise regimen will contribute the most to your body building. The rest of this regimen is to put your body and mind in the right condition for the 20 percent to start making its effects visible to the naked eye. It also means that instead of focusing on simple and repetitive movements, you should be aiming for compound movements that will yield the most results. It also means that you should not get too disappointed if you are not capable of completing some complicated exercise maneuver, as it may not count in the end.
#6 Planning and organization will always carry the day
If you want to succeed in body building, you must lay down a plan of action and be very organized. This means that you should set out which days of the week will find you at the gym and which days will find you running or doing something else outside the gym. For instance, if you go to the gym too often, you will probably burn out or get injured, which is not something that you want to happen to you. However, if you do not go enough times, you will end up getting nothing out of your exercise regimen. Planning, organization and balance are key to your success.
#7 Break down your goals into small, achievable steps
It is also crucial for you to break down your goals into small achievable steps that can be tracked, measured and quantified. While it is good and motivating to know that you want to have a six pack, a better goal would be that you want to go to the gym and bench press three to four times a week for the next three months. This will still give you the six-pack that you wanted to have, but instead of having one vague and ambiguous statement, you have a series of small steps and a time limit within which you have to accomplish these goals. This means that you can measure and track your progress to know what you have been doing right and what you need to improve on so as to achieve your goal. As such, break down your bigger goals into small, achievable steps that can easily be accomplished. In fact, this will give you a morale boost every time you manage to strike off one of these objectives off your list.
#8 Do not let fear and intimidation get to you
Body building is not just about lifting weights and running and eating properly. It is also about getting into the right frame of mind that is necessary for you to tackle all the challenges that you will face. You should not let fear get to you or intimidate you from achieving what you have set out to accomplish. This is where your personal trainer will be most useful. You can draw from their experience to overcome your fears and concerns, and you can rely on them when you feel overwhelmed by everything.
Where to find personal training in Klang Valley?
We have several suggestions for you =)
1. Private and Group Training – by Alpha Fitness
2. Play Gym Lesson for Kids – by BeeBop Circus Jaya ONE
- Age group : 1 to 7 years old
- Location: Jaya ONE, Jalan University, Petaling Jaya
3. Fitness Programme for Kids – by Home Life Fitness
- Age group : 7 to 12 years old
- Location: Bandar Mahkota Cheras
4. 1on1 Personal Training – by freelance instructor Christine Teh
Age group : 5 to 80 years old
Location : Around Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya area
On the other hand, you can also try out our partner MMA gyms for a much better result!
- Dragon Muay Thai Club in Bukit Bintang
- Lekir Fitness & MMA Studio in Shah Alam
- Elitez MMA Fitness Academy in Klang