Finding your fitness partner

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  • Healthy relationship: Betty Doyling says good communication is essential with your fitness trainer (File photograph)

    Healthy relationship: Betty Doyling says good communication is essential with your fitness trainer (File photograph)

The year is coming to a close and a lot of you are making fitness plans for the new year. You have probably found, or are still looking for, that personal trainer that is a perfect fit for you. Building a healthy productive relationship with your trainer will ensure that you are both making the most out of your time together and maximising the money you have spent. Let’s check out some ways to keep the personal trainer that you’ve looked so hard to find.

Work hard

The “perfect” client is one who is willing to work hard. This doesn’t mean you need to be the fittest client, just one that is willing to push to the best of your ability. Be upfront in the beginning with your limitations. I had a client tell me that her daily dark chocolate was non-negotiable, for example — which was fine in her case.


Have specific goals and keep the lines of communication open. Be honest and open with your trainer about your expectations and feelings. If something is hurting during a session or not really working for you, say so. That way it can be modified to ensure your safety.

Enjoy it

You have a fitness expert at your fingertips at least twice a week — get motivated! Try and enjoy your sweaty workout, eat healthier, and do your part the rest of the week. I love showing up to my clients’ homes when they’re excited to see what I’ve planned for them. It doesn’t matter how advanced your workouts are, if you are not adhering to your fitness plan you will not get the results you desire.

Be respectful

Remember that no matter how well you get along, it is still a business arrangement. Respect the trainer’s cancellation policy. Most trainers are flexible if cancelling is not habitual.

Be punctual

Arrive on time for your session and be ready to work — this applies to both parties. Have your water bottle filled and towel ready. There is always an occasional issue that may cause you to be late or cancel the session all together, but being punctual will show your trainer that you value your time with them.

Minimise the alcohol

Avoid drinking too much the night before so you can avoid a hangover prior to your session. It will dehydrate you and reduce your exercise performance considerably.

Stay motivated and B-Active for life!

Betty Doyling is a certified fitness trainer and figure competitor with more than a decade of experience. Check her out on Facebook:

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Published Dec 7, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated Dec 7, 2016 at 11:02 am)

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