First, let me start by stating that 30-minute personal training sessions will not work for every single client. The frequency and intensity of the sessions, an individual’s goals, and what is done in addition to those sessions will largely influence whether this will be an effective route to take.
Secondly, although I know the formulas and science behind hypertrophy and athletic training, this isn’t my passion nor are they my areas of expertise. I take what I absolutely know from all areas of training that I’ve studied to design workouts that focus on weight loss, strengthening, and toning. I use A LOT of plyometric conditioning, HIIT, cross fit, and weight training with minimal rest periods. I hit the body HARD and FAST in a 30-minute session, and while you will train like an athlete to a degree it wouldn’t be considered “athletic training” by definition.
Research has shown that getting in 30-minutes of exercise per day will definitely get you results if you’re working out every day, but it has to be more than just a 30-minute walk on the treadmill. In my sessions, we’re producing sweat, raising heart rates, and challenging muscles at every turn. The question is – if you are only working with a trainer two or three times per week, how do you maximize your result? Well, the answer is simple. It must be understood that you have to increase your overall activity level and incorporate some form of movement on your “off” days. This may be what I like to call “prescribed cardio” or conditioning routines and exercise formats that reinforce what we do in your training sessions. Your trainer shouldn’t be the end all be all to your fitness routine if you intend to make this a lifestyle unless you want to permanently make me an item in your budget. I surely don’t mind, but I’m here to teach you how to make this effective for yourself in the long term.
Lastly, you cannot get around the importance of having good nutrition habits. I repeatedly tell my female clients that failing to incorporate good nutrition into your fitness regimen is like putting on a killer outfit with raggedy shoes or forgetting to comb your hair. It just doesn’t work! As for my male clients, you wouldn’t put armor all on dirty tires now, would you? So um yes, let’s get that together people.
Keep in mind that, that only training for 30-minutes is completely optional. I will gladly kick tail for 60-minutes if you or I feel it’s imperative to your goal, but most of my clients don’t want that anyway. I’ve gotten them plenty of results with two to three weekly 30-minute sessions and nutritional guidance. You just have to dedicate yourself to a plan, be patient, stick with it, and understand that with consistency and dedication to a regimen you will definitely see the change.