How to prepare for your first training session
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
LifeTime WeightLoss in beginners, group training, personal training

When is the last time you did something for the first time? There’s no doubt that mental barriers, rooted fears and perceived limitations can hold us back from trying something new, particularly when it comes to personal training and group fitness. While this pattern of thinking tends to hold us back from life-changing experiences, our expert trainers are on a mission to change that. 

For those considering group fitness or personal training, whether you’re a bit rusty or looking to try it for the very first time, we’ll walk you through how to prepare for your first training session and what you can expect throughout your first experience. 


Minding the Misconceptions: 

Before getting into the play-by-play, we need to clear the air on some of the most common misconceptions and psychological setbacks that people face when considering personal training and group fitness. We often hear things such as: 

When any of these false ideas slip into your head, take notice and put them to rest. The club isn’t just a place for fit people to stay fit, it’s a place for anyone who is looking to live a healthy way of life. Whether you’re looking to find a new hobby, train for a race, drop weight, get back to a fitness routine post-baby or the doctor has kindly suggested you get back to healthier habits, whatever it may be, remember that there’s always a place for you in the club. 

When it comes to working with a trainer or coach, don’t forget they first went into their occupation because of their insatiable motivation to help people live their best lives. Understanding this level of passion, paired with the extensive amount of education, training and real-life experience they go through, they’re not about to compromise on their values to help people by offering them products or services that won’t be beneficial or get you to your goals. They’re also not drill sergeants looking to make you suffer or push through injuries. Simply put, they want to work with you to build a doable plan that can get you to your goals. Last, but not least, if you’re nervous that people will stare at you, just remember that any onlooker likely has their eyes glued to your trainer in hopes they can pick up a few pointers for themselves.

Before your session: 

Setting yourself up for a successful first training session starts well before you step foot into the club. When it comes to preparation, do your best to prioritize the following:
When it comes to things you shouldn’t do, steer clear of the following: 

During your session: 

Now that you have the intel on how to best prepare, the next step is to show up and do the work. During your first training session, to get the most out of your experience, be sure to do the following:

After your session:

While the physical work may be over for now, once you finish your first training session there are still a few more steps to be taken: 
If you’re interested in pursuing personal training and would like to find a coach, you can begin the process right here. If you’re looking to check out some group class options at Life Time, there are a variety of complimentary classes offered for members, plus other great classes like GTX, Alpha and Pilates


- Life Time Personal Training and Nutrition Experts
- Anika Christ, Registered Dietitian and Life Time Weight Loss Director of Digital Programming & Events 
- Cliff Edberg, CPT, Registered Dietitian and Life Time Director of Strategic Growth Initiatives
- Paul Kriegler, Registered Dietitian and Life Time Nutrition Program Development Manager
- Danny King, CPT and Life Time National Manager, Team Member Development 

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.
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