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‘Avoid train­ers who don’t have a track record

in get­ting re­sults with peo­ple like you, and look for some­one who you can get on with and

talk to. The se­crets to max­imis­ing re­sults are di­a­logue, feed­back, and stick­ing rigidly to the plan so that the trainer is able to tweak and con­trol vari­ables along the way as the pro­grammes be­come more suited to the feed­back

the client’s pro­vid­ing.’ Nick Mitchell, Ul­ti­mate Per­for­mance ‘Don’t fall for any­thing – or any­one – that prom­ises

you overnight suc­cess. Most peo­ple need to get the ba­sics right: train con­sis­tently, work hard

and pay at­ten­tion to nu­tri­tion, par­tic­u­larly qual­ity of food and how much to eat of it. If a trainer doesn’t even men­tion it, there’s some­thing

wrong.’ Pieter Vod­den, Gym Jones

‘Ex­pect as much pro­fes­sion­al­ism from your trainer as you would from a work col­league. You should ex­pect them to turn up on time and be pre­pared. You should ex­pect them to give you their full at­ten­tion for the du­ra­tion of the ses­sion. They should ex­plain what you are do­ing and why, and what re­sult you can ex­pect. Your

ses­sion should be chal­leng­ing but not way be­yond your cur­rent ca­pa­bil­i­ties. You should be

able to see progress week to week.’

Sally Moss, Strength Am­bas­sadors ‘A good trainer will teach you how to take care of

your­self for the long term. It’s a two-way re­la­tion­ship, but if you find the right per­son and pay at­ten­tion to what they’re telling you, you’ll see ben­e­fits that go be­yond

get­ting a six-pack for a few weeks.’

Jessica Wolny, Jessica Wolny Train­ing

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