For busy Personal Trainers, getting your workout done depends on your clients' schedules. You'll want to maximise your time to fit in as many clients as possible and accommodate their social schedules too.
There's no right time to train, though getting your sweat on within a certain timeframe will allow you to get the most out of your workout, and your working day. It's also a great way to schedule your clients, based on when their fitness form really kicks in.
We take a look at the optimum times to hit the gym...
Early risers prefer morning sessions, to jumpstart their bodies for the day, and take advantage of a quieter gym environment. The adrenaline that comes from a morning workout switches the brain on, making you feel more active and alert for the day ahead.
Clients that need a little motivation to get their sweat on will benefit from morning sessions, as there's less on their agenda to get in the way. No more poor excuses for ducking out
If weight loss is your clients' goal, morning workouts are a great way to kickstart their metabolism, helping the body to burn more calories throughout the day.
Mid-morning is a great time to train older adults, as the gym floor is relatively quiet and this quiet spell in your schedule will allow you to dedicate a little more time if needed.
Studies have shown that those who train in the morning tend to make healthier food choices for the rest of the day. A great way to keep those watching their waistlines on track.
Working out during lunch breaks re-energises the mind, preventing that mid-afternoon slump that comes after lunch. Consider running an exercise class that groups of colleagues could attend together for extra motivation.
Lunchtime workouts are a great option for office workers. Sitting in front of a screen all day can cause discomfort in the joints and spine. A good mid-day stretch will help to keep that posture in check.
It's been a long day, your mind is tired and you're in need of a de-stress. Take that pent up energy out on the cross trainer. An evening session is a great way to close off the day and revive muscles for those that sit at a desk all day long.
For clients that find it a challenge to make their sessions, hitting the gym straight after work prevents that 'get home, get cosy' process that sees them unmotivated to head back out once they get home.
Clients that struggle to get to sleep at night will benefit from a later evening workout. A great cardio session should leave them feeling ready for a bit of shut-eye.
This is also a great option for those with hectic careers, family life and social schedules to attend to. Once the day is done, their attention will be focussed on their workout.
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