Five Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Trainer
(Unless They're True)
Having a workout partner or using a personal trainer is a great way to get results. You're more likely to show up, push yourself harder and remain motivated when there's someone else you have to be accountable to. But to make it work, you've got to let your partner know what's going on. These are a few things you might want to think twice about before saying to your workout buddy.
"I'm not sore."
Don't pretend you're not sore from a workout if you are. Muscle soreness is a normal response if you're new to exercising, or after a particularly strenuous routine. If you lie about that, your partner may assume your workout wasn't tough enough and make things more difficult, pushing your body more than what's optimal. Don't risk injury because you're not willing to admit you experience pain.
The reverse of that is also true. Don't detail every little ache you're got just to avoid a workout. A mild burning sensation in your muscles is generally nothing more than an indicator you're making gains. Your partner needs to know if the pain is sudden, sharp or just on one side of the body. Pain that comes with swelling, bruising or loss of motion in the joint should be dealt with by a medical professional.
"I stretched and foam rolled on my off days."
Quit claiming you did your homework if you didn't. In between training sessions, there are "homework" things you can do to prep your body. Foam rolling, stretching and mobility work are all ways to improve your range of motion and get you better prepared when you go to the gym for resistance exercises.
Do your homework and you'll see progress faster. But if you skip it, and tell your workout buddy you're doing it, you could end up injuring yourself from pushing too quickly. Tell the truth and figure out how to live up to those between workout commitments.
"I ate before this workout."
Stop saying you've eaten something when you haven't. A popular myth that gets passed around is you shouldn't eat before a workout. Supposedly you'll burn the fat before muscle. Clinical research shows that's absolutely false.
Walk into a workout on an empty stomach and you're going to have a crappy session. Your body won't have any energy to give and you'll be wasting your time. Eat regularly to keep your body fueled and definitely make sure to eat something at least an hour or two before exercise.
"I'm eating a healthy diet."
Quit deluding yourself into thinking you're capable of making healthy choices unless you're somehow tracking everything you eat and drink. Nutrition consultant Lisa Young showed 200 dietitians five plates of food typically served in restaurants. Many had no idea how many calories were in the foods they were shown. Some underestimated the calories by half!
When trained nutritionists get it wrong, what makes you think you'll be any better? By logging your food and drink into some sort of tracking program, you get a much more accurate picture of exactly how well (or how poorly) you're eating. Don't just say you're eating healthy, keep a log and prove it.
"That's good, but just watch this!"
During any fitness program, your goal should be to move through a controlled range of motions. Jumping up and doing something you haven't practiced, just to impress your workout partner is foolish. You're risking injuries that could set you back weeks. Impress people by getting results, not by trying to show off.
Workout partners and personal trainers are there to help you. They hold you accountable, keep you safe and help you make progress. Telling them things that aren't true, undermines those goals. You don't have to spill your deepest secrets, but you do need to be honest about your exercise and diet activities.
Don't tell them something because you think it's what they want to hear, tell them the truth.
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