If you’re just starting out with trying to get into shape, it can be incredibly intimidating to go to a gym — let alone talk to a personal trainer. What if they judge me? What if they make me feel bad? are some common questions that people have before starting their fitness journey. Trying to get into shape is extremely personal and vulnerable for many; bringing another person into the mix can leave even the most confident of us feeling exposed.

At Cypress Fitness, we want every single person to feel comfortable meeting with one of our personal trainers. We are so proud that you’re taking the first step to fitness and signing up with a gym. Our McLean gym doesn’t want anyone avoiding the potential to get in the best shape of their life, solely because they don’t know how to talk to a personal trainer.

We’ve compiled a list of things to keep in mind when you meet with a personal trainer for the first time. Take a look, and stop by Cypress Fitness today to get the best in training, group classes, nutritional coaching, and more!

Be Honest

No one wants to talk about the entire sleeve of Girl Scout Cookies they downed in one sitting. But by pretending to be someone you’re not with your personal trainer, you won’t be able to get the support you need. Personal trainers are like doctors in that they’ve seen it all. They’re not going to judge you (and if they do, find someone else!), they want to help you — but that help can only truly come if you’re honest from the get-go.

Be Open

You definitely should have some goals in mind before you start working with a personal trainer. However, be open to the refinements and recommendations that they have. Oftentimes, personal trainers meet with people who say things like “I want to lose 20 pounds by next month.” Those types of goals are usually unreasonable at best, and unsafe at worst.

While you should have some goals in mind, remember that personal trainers have the knowledge and expertise that you likely don’t. Rely on their advice and be open to the suggestions that they have.

Be Inquisitive

You’re paying this person to help you get into shape — you have every right to ask them about their experience and/or credentials! People might think it’s rude, but a good personal trainer will be more than happy to share their training background. Of course, you should be respectful, but it’s completely alright to say, “I’m really interested in personal training, but I don’t really know where to start. Do you mind me asking about your experience as a trainer?”

Be Confident

You have nothing to be ashamed of. If anything, you should be proud of the fact that you’re working towards making your goals happen! It doesn’t matter where you start when you go to a gym, it matters where you go, where you keep going, and where you eventually end up (though that’s a bit of a catch, because working towards fitness never truly ends).

Own where you’re at in your journey, and be confident in both the present and how you’re going to move forward. We’ll say it again: you have nothing to be ashamed of!

At Cypress Fitness, we want you to feel comfortable in our gym. While there will be plenty of moments of discomfort — all in the pursuit of fitness, of course — you should never feel isolated or scared in your pursuit of fitness. Reach out to our gym to get started today!