8 Stupid Things You Have To Stop Saying To Your Personal Trainer
I’m not ashamed to say I’ve asked the odd basic bitch question (ahem, number two) that PTs all over the world are sick and tired of answering. AND I can also pretty much guarantee you’ve also asked at least one of these questions yourself; you’re only human!
To save you the time, energy and your PT's sanity, we picked the brain of Matt Sokkar; co-owner of F45 Dralinghurst, fitness fanatic and certified personal trainer with 8-years under his belt. He knows his sh*t and he's here to answer some of the most common, basic questions people just won't stop asking and give you some super useful fitness advice- so take note people!
“When will I be skinny?”
People think they can start training and in three weeks’ time, you’re skinny. It shouldn’t be about that. Fitness should be your lifestyle, as in you should eat well, get outdoors, train hard, whether it be at the gym or at the park. When you can honestly look at yourself in front of the mirror and say, “I feel good about what I’m doing and I enjoy what I’m doing,” rather than “this is a chore for me,” the results will take care of themselves. When it comes to losing weight, 70% is what you eat, 30% is smashing it in the gym.
“I don’t want to do weights because I’ll bulk up”
I get this mostly from girls. It’s just not the case. Weights are essential for anyone who’s training. Weights help you lose weight, they speed your metabolism up, and they actually burn fat. Girls just don’t have the testosterone levels to get super bulky unless you’re lifting extremely heavy weights, which some girls can do and they look great doing it. For the average girl, who’s just lifting in her 8-10 kilos in a high intensity situation, you will lean up and get a lot fitter and stronger without getting bulky.
“Can I keep eating whatever I want because I train so hard?”
Short answer? No. Like I said when it comes to health and fitness it’s about balance. You can have a night out and have a drink, or a burger, but don’t over do it. Just because you are doing a mad training session, doesn’t mean you can leave the gym and then go straight into Pizza Hut. It’s more important to refuel yourself with some positive energy that is going to make you feel good about yourself for the rest of the day.
“But I’m Just not good at Cardio”
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is all about getting your heart rate up. Movement creates health; it gets you lean and strong and that’s exactly what HIIT is all about. It might be different to what you’re used to, but it is going to get you that result because your cardiac levels get stronger and therefore your get rid of that unwanted body fat. Training for 45 minutes is a good target. Not everyone can do that, but it is a good target as it is quick and you can keep your heart rate pumping for that time without feeling too fatigued. That should be daily.
“I want abs for summer”
Most people say that. You always see these six-week or 28-day body transformations and I hate that. Again, I’ll always say fitness and health should be a lifestyle thing. It should mean eating the right foods on a daily basis. It should mean training hard every day and if you have to do it over 28 days, keep it consistency up forever and you will get those results. It’s sad to see people do those challenges and then lose motivation, because it can be extremely hard. They tend to be at their own house training on their own, not a team environment and not with a positive team behind you.
“But can’t I just do a detox to lose weight?”
If you’re looking to ‘detox’, I honestly think the best thing is eating natural, unprocessed food and drinking plenty of water; you don’t need to do any of these detox fads. Your body naturally ‘detoxes’- you have a liver, kidneys and… pretty much every other organs to do that.
“If I bench press will my boobs get bigger?”
You won’t increase your boob size by doing bench presses; you’ll end up losing a lot of boob because unfortunately with girls the main areas that go when you train hard are your boobs. So it will probably go the other way, you will get a really strong chest but it could decrease the size. So doing a lot of bench presses will not make a girl’s boobs bigger.
“Will I be better in bed if I work out more?”
As a PT you basically become a psychologist for everyone. A lot of people will ask if the training will increase their libido, once their more comfortable with me. What I can say is, working out probably won’t make you better at sex, as in, I can’t give them a technique (I don’t know what I’m doing either,) but it definitely will increase your libido and energy so you will want to do it a lot more often. Also, losing weight means that you are going to feel better about yourself, so you’re going to have more confidence. That’s always a plus.
Matt Sokkar is a personal trainer at F45 Darlinghurst, feeling motivated? Check out the website here.
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