6 Things Your Trainer Wished You Stopped Doing

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Chances are, you have several criteria you use when you select a personal trainer: punctual, in good shape, good rapport, and gets you results. But guess what? Your trainer wishes you’d follow some rules, too. Here are 6 things your trainer wish you’d quit.

To make the most of your time with them, it makes sense to heed their advice.

 

  1. Always Restarting Monday

Something I’ve noticed from working with clients is that they struggle to fail on a small scale. Clients sometimes struggle to adhere to their meal plan, perhaps by having a few squares of chocolate. Then, they would think they’ve messed everything up just by making one small mistake. So they keep digging a hole.

 

Then the impulse is to eat everything “bad” in sight. You can probably relate. We often tend to make one small mistake and then think, “I may as well eat and drink whatever I want for the rest of the day and start clean tomorrow!”

 

Which of course, can then turn into a day or two or bad eating, and we tell ourselves we will start again Monday.

 

Stupid, right? Yet so many people do this with their diet. It makes zero sense. Remember: one bad meal choice will ruin their day. Try to learn to fail small. This removes the option of restarting on Monday.

 

  1. Listening to “that friend”

You know, the friend of your sisters’ boyfriends vet who used to date a personal trainer in 1993. You hired your trainer or a reason. One of those reasons is probably because they are an expert in their field.

 

However you need to be coachable. This means you need to listen to their advice without any reservations, and follow it 100%.

 

Sure, you’re allowed to ask questions. But being coachable is a skill. There is no point hiring a trainer if you are going to disregard their advice, and listen to your sisters boyfriend who happened to be a personal trainer in 1993. (Or any other acquaintance who read a fitness magazine five years ago, and is someone qualified to give advice.)

 

Trust your trainer, and be coachable.

 

  1. Not prioritizing sleep

I get it: you’re told to work hard. The YouTube gurus tell you to hustle, and to sleep when you’re dead. But for the vast majority of people, a lack of sleep will result in chronically high cortisol levels, poor blood sugar management, and the general inability to have an adult conversation the following day.

 

Sleep is the most underrated success tool, and you’d be foolish not to use it. A few hours before bed, start to wind down. Turn off electronic devices, stop eating, use magnesium supplements, and implemennt some basic routines to help you shut down.

 

If you need to work through the night to achieve your tasks, look at your time management. As Ryan Holiday says, an all-nighter is generally from poor time management and is not necessary.

 

  1. Program hopping

There are so many free training guides, blogs, diet plans and books floating around today. It’s no wonder most people feel overwhelmed. I know I sure did. I was jumping from HIIT training, to barbell complexes, to German Volume Training, to some extreme program in my bid for a badass body.

 

It’s only when you stick with something for 6 months that you will progress. So if you want to stay where you are, then keep switching training styles.

 

  1. Fearing fats

Unless you’ve been living under a rock.. fats aren’t the enemy. If you want to FEEL, LOOK & THINK better you need fat in your diet.

 

Aim for a breakfast that’s rich in fat, protein and green vegetables. This meal will fill you up, keep you mentally sharp, and prevent the 3pm slump that sees you reach for the sugary snack of second coffee.

 

  1. Eating every 3 hours

This is the myth that will never die… Look, if you want to eat 6 meals per day because you enjoy it, then go for it!

 

But do NOT eat 6 meals per day because it will “stoke the fire.” Every personal trainer has quoted this myth, myself included.

 

However it doesn’t speed up fat loss or thermogenesis. The only thing that matters at the end of each day is the total calories consumed. It’s mostly irrelevant if this is spread over 1, 3 or 27.5 meals.

 

For most of my clients, 3 or 4 meals is the ideal meal frequency. It allows for slightly larger meals, which can help with satiety, and your entire day doesn’t revolve around eating.