PT Confidential

Have you ever wondered what health concerns other gym-goers consult their PTs about?

We have asked our Personal Trainers network exactly this question, and you may be interested to hear what they had to say.

What are the 3 most common goals you hear from women?

They want weight loss, a bigger bum and get a tighter stomach.

What are the 3 most common goals you hear from men?

They want to improve posture, lose the ‘dad-bod’ and increase muscle mass.

Do the women usually meet their goals within 3 months, and if not why (what prevents them)?

Women appear more disciplined with food, and tend to stick to their plan, and achieve goals.  If they have a strong enough desire, or have a reason such as an event to attend or holiday, they usually meet their goals.

Do the men usually meet their goals within 3 months, and if not why (what prevents them)?

We find that men don’t meet their goals as often as women, and think they may be more easily distracted, and often fall-out of their routine as a result of travel, business development and client care.

Of the ones who do meet their goals, what features do they have or strategies do they use that makes them able to meet their goals?  (Besides having a great trainer)

Goal setting is essential.  Clients who count calories, and plan for their meals, tend to have great results.

Are all trainers the same? How do you know if you have a good trainer, what should you look out for to indicate a good trainer, or to indicate that you should stay away?

No, all trainers are not the same!!  The price point of a trainer may be an indication of their years of experience, but not always.  You could ask to see their qualifications, years of experience, and what their focus area is.   For a middle-aged professional, it is important to recognise that your body is in a different stage and different condition than when you were in your 20s or early 30s.  Its critical to find a trainer who recognises the different needs of a middle aged professional, and your average boot camp trainer just wont have the level of attention and care that you may need.

Do most clients like to chat during their session?  If so, is chat about business, personal matters or training?

This really comes down to the individual.  We find that our female clients like to chat, and often about social topics.  Sometimes, this can be to get out of tough exercise, but not always.

Most male clients do like a chat, and often it’s about business, politics and sport.

How can clients get the most out of their PT session?

Turn up 10 minutes early to warm up before you see your trainer.  This allows you to get straight into the session.  Clients can make sure they are well rested, fuelled (food 2-3 hours before the session), communicate well with their trainer about any health related issues or injuries, and be open and responsive about the activities in the session.   A shot of coffee before the session may also give clients a boost.

Let us know if you have any questions and we would be more than happy to let you know our professional team’s thoughts.