How to Prepare for a Personal Training Session | Arena District Athletic Club

Keep up with the arena athletic blog

Jimmy Peters
Dec 14, 2018

How to Prepare for a Personal Training Session


A certified personal trainer may be just what you need to kickstart your exercise program. Not only can he or she offer guidance on proper form and safe exercise, personal trainers can motivate you to reach your fitness goals. Your first visit with a trainer may feel intimidating. Knowing what to expect and making the right preparations will ease your nerves and help you get the most out of your sessions.

Know your history.

Health and exercise history are important for determining what type of exercise is safe for you and what barriers you may encounter. Make notes about any history of disease, medications, past injuries, and your activity level throughout the years. Your trainer may ask you these questions or you may be asked to fill out a questionnaire. Having your notes on hand will ensure you provide accurate information.

Set your goals.

A trainer can help you develop your goals, but go into your first meeting with some focus. Weight loss, muscle gain, and improved health are all possible with exercise. Knowing which is most important to you will help your trainer tailor your program for success.

Determine your exercise tastes.

Be open to trying new activities, but also be honest about the types of exercise that you dislike. If you are more comfortable with machines than free weights, or you can’t stand the stair climber, let your trainer know. Part of your trainer’s job is to help you find exercises that will get you results, but that you also enjoy.

Hydrate and dress comfortably.

Your first session will likely involve fitness testing (weight, body mass index, body fat, endurance, and strength) so wear your workout gear. For more accurate test results, focus on hydration the day before. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic beverages. Avoid putting on any body lotions or oils prior to your session. If your trainer uses calipers to test your body fat percentage, lotions and oils prevent an accurate reading.

Prepare questions.

Your trainer will ask you a lot of questions, but be sure to prepare some of your own. You are hiring this person to help you reach your goals. This individual needs to have the experience, training style, and schedule availability that works for you. Ask about education and certifications, how he or she would describe their training style, and some recent accomplishments they’ve had in their work. If you plan to meet with the trainer on a regular basis, ask what times and session types they have available.

Article by: My Food Diary

The Arena District Athletic Club is more than just a gym, it’s a premier fitness facility located in the heart of the Arena District in downtown Columbus. We provide convenience and quality, featuring top-of-the-line equipment, top-notch personal trainers, spa-like locker rooms and a wide variety of free group fitness classes daily including Cardio, Spinning, Barre Fusion, Yoga, Boot Camp and more. We offer free 2-hour parking and convenient contract-free memberships, to fit your healthy lifestyle needs. Don’t just join, belong.


Try Us Out for Free!

Fill out the following form to start your free trial.

Guest pass for intial visit only. Requires a valid local ID. Please stop at the front desk to register.


By signing up for a free trial you are agreeing to receive periodic emails from the Arena District Athletic Club.


Thank You!

Please see your free trial instructions below:

The code for your free trial is ADACTrial18.

Please keep a screenshot of this code on your phone or use the email that will be sent as proof of your free trial when checking in.