The One-on-One Advantage: What To Expect from Personal Training

by Heidi Shalek


Let me preface this post by saying that you do NOT necessarily need one-on-one coaching to be successful in the gym. What you DO need is good training technique a program you will actually follow.

A few weeks ago I received an email inquiry from a potential client asking about one-on-one training. This led to the very long-winded (non-edited) answer I am sharing with you now- straight from my Sent folder. If you’ve ever been curious about personal training or wondered if it is right for you, I hope this helps!

Q. “I could really use some one-on-one help and motivation getting back on track. Can you talk to me a little bit about what personal training sessions look like? Is it primarily guidance? Do we try new things each session?”

A. The best way to explain it is a balance between what your body needs and what you want/expect from training. For some people, the needs and wants are completely in line with each other. For others, they can be vastly different. For example, someone could come in wanting or expecting a total body beat down that leaves them in a puddle on the floor, when what they really need is mobility and recovery work. We are always working to achieve this balance so that expectations are met while progress is being made. I hope that makes sense? That’s why we do a movement screen and physical assessment combined with a goal discussion when you start- to determine the best plan forward. At the foundation of all training progress is good movement, so you will be coached to master the fundamental concepts of breathing, core bracing, neutral spine position, squatting and hinging for sure.

If you’ve been taking group classes at the TR, you probably have a pretty good grasp of these things, so the one-on-one sessions will fine tune these movements prior to tackling any higher level skill work. With training, consistency rules, so while it can be tempting to do something different every session, we’ve found the best results come from a progressive program. That’s not to say that your workouts won’t include variety. There are endless ways to program variety into your training sessions through sequencing, rep ranges and accessory work. The biggest advantage to training one-on-one is you learn to perform exercises with more precision and focus, allowing you to optimize any training program and achieve a deeper understanding of strength and movement in general. Over time this will inevitably improve your performance and take your training to the next level. I hope that answers your question 🙂


Stay tuned for next week’s post: I’m Not Injured, It Just Hurts


Until Then,

Practice Health & Be Inspired

– Heidi & Kyle

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