Top 5 Personal Training Questions Clients Ask Us
There’s a lot of conflicting health information out there today – one day eggs are bad for you, the next they’re healthy. So to help you out a smidgen, here are the top 5 questions clients ask us when they sign on for personal training, and of course, our answers.
An educated personal trainer keeps up with the ever-evolving field of health and can help you sort out what’s legit or not. Sometimes the information is conflicting for a reason… For instance, eggs are healthy for many people, however, they are unhealthy for those with high cholesterol or an allergy/intolerance to eggs.
In case you haven’t yet hired a good personal trainer, we thought we’d share the top 5 personal training questions we answer on a regular basis:
- What are the best exercises to lose stomach fat? Unfortunately, you cannot spot reduce fat loss (it’s a whole body process), but you can `spot focus’ which gives an appearance of a tighter, stronger core. We always suggest a well-rounded program to lose calories and build overall muscle mass. If you wish to spot focus, however, simply add more core exercises to your workouts. Check out 7 Core Exercises for some ideas.
- When’s the best time to workout? While the morning is statistically the most effective time of day for fitness, we believe it’s completely individual. Get your workouts in during the day at a time that works best for your body and your schedule. For night-hawks, you may have the highest energy and concentration levels at 3pm, leaving you time to make it for your 5pm shift.
- What exercise burns the most calories? Compound movements use more muscle groups which make them the more effective calorie burners. Examples include jump squats (click here for fitnessblender’s video) and burpees (click here for PerformanceU’s video). Also, target the biggest muscle group in the body (i.e. legs) more often as they require more energy to build, hence burning more calories in the process.
- How can I increase my energy levels? The easiest way to boost your energy is to 1) drink more water, 2) Eat small, balanced meals throughout the day, and 3) avoid packaged, processed and high-glycemic foods. In a nutshell, focusing on these nutritional suggestions provide your body with more oxygen, nutrients and stable blood sugar levels. When you’re ready to improve your energy levels even further, check out our blog post about how to naturally boost metabolism.
- What’s the one daily habit I can change to increase my weight-loss efforts? Bottom-line: move more! Increase your output in anyway you can. If you can’t get in a workout, park your car at a distance or take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you workout twice a week, increase that to three times. Try to challenge yourself in new ways on a regular basis to improve physically, mentally and emotionally.
We hope we answered at least one of your personal training questions here in this list. If we missed your most pressing question, please feel free to ask us in the comment section below.