What length of time should you spend with your personal trainer at each session? Different trainers will offer different packages with different amounts of time in their sessions. From my observation, usually it’s either 30 minutes or 1 hour sessions. But which is best, and why?
The short answer is: 45 minutes.
Why? Well I’ll tell you what I think. Short answer again, 30 minutes is not long enough and 60 minutes is too long. You probably want a better explanation than that though so allow me to elaborate.
How much can you really get done in 30 minutes? Before getting stuck into a training session you need to warm up for at least 5 minutes, or preferably 10. This leaves 20 minutes of actual training, but then after training you need to cool down and stretch. Lets say another 10 minutes there, which leaves a grand total of 10 minutes of actual training! Getting straight into the hard stuff without warming up first and then leaving without cooling down and stretching out is inadvisable for a variety of reasons I won’t get into just now, take my word for it though!
So if 30 minutes is not enough, you should probably upgrade to a 1 hour session instead, right? Well… sure, if you like paying your trainer to stand around for 10 minutes while you pace it out on the treadmill or exercise bike! It’s a bit different if your trainer is actually putting you through a good cardio or interval training routine on one of these pieces of equipment, but do you need someone coaching you through a warm up on one of these things after the first few sessions? Nope!
The other thing I don’t like about 60 minute sessions from a trainer’s perspective is that the sessions are back to back, with not much chance to prepare for the next client. So hey, just jump on the treadmill and warm up for 10 minutes while I take care of my paperwork from the previous client and remind myself of where we got up to last time, would you? Also there’s no buffer period if things happen to go a little longer than expected or if you have some questions. It’s just “get ’em in, get ’em out!”
Well, at DHPT that’s not how I roll!
I say this a lot but it’s sincere and not just a slogan, I’m about UNBEATABLE VALUE as well as GREAT RESULTS so all of my sessions are 45 minutes long. Clients are encouraged to come in 5 or 10 minutes early to jump on the bike, rower or treadmill to warm up, and stay back 5 or 10 minutes to stretch and cool down. And of course if you have some questions there’s time for that as well. In other words you’re getting 1 hour for about the price most other trainers will charge for a 1/2 hour, and I won’t try to up-sell you to a more expensive package – ever!
Don’t have an hour to spare and need to get it done a bit quicker than that? No problem, we can just incorporate the warm up and cool down into the session. If you really, REALLY only want to do 30 minutes… talk to me, we’ll work something out.