5 Tips for Better Results With Your Personal Trainer – Our Guide

While everyone starts from a different place, there is no such thing as an easy fitness journey. Everyone has their own challenges to overcome and their own pace to follow. However, there is one comforting truth about every fitness journey: it gets easier the more you do it.

While it is hard in the beginning, there are mistakes people commit (outside of bad form) that can make it unnecessarily difficult. Hiring a personal trainer can tackle many of these concerns, but it can still leave a few problems unaddressed. With that in mind, here are some tips for getting better results with your one-on-one training:

1. Gauge the chemistry between you and your trainer.

The beginnings of a fitness journey can make you feel vulnerable and embarrassed, and that’s why it’s good to find a fitness trainer who you can trust with these feelings of shame and vulnerability. A good fitness trainer should be able to push you past what you thought were your limits without making you feel inadequate.

2. Have a discussion about your goals and limitations with your trainer.

A skilled personal trainer can tailor a fitness regimen depending on your needs and goals. If you have a specific goal, like being able to jump higher or having rock-hard abs by the next year, tell your trainer. They can adjust the intensity of the workout accordingly.

Any limitations, such as injuries or physical conditions, must also be communicated in order to prevent further injury.

3. Get to know your body.

It’s also good to familiarize yourself with the workout you’ve been given. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about why you’re doing a specific exercise. What muscle does this exercise? How will this improve my daily activities? Should it hurt like that?

The more well-versed you are about your body, the better results you can get from your fitness journey. Your trainer should be able to do more than just assign workouts for you to do arbitrarily.

4. Ask your trainer to mix up your workouts.

There are countless forms of exercise, with countless different exercises designed to develop certain muscles. Trying a variety of different exercises, in the beginning, will allow you to test which muscles need work and which muscles already have some development. It can also reveal underlying problems that wouldn’t have come up in any other circumstances.

Once you’ve sufficiently performed the different exercises, your personal trainer should be able to create a workout program that is appropriate for your body.

5. Adjust your timeline accordingly.

While it is important to have goals and aspirations, they may change for whatever reason, be this a developing injury, a change in physiology, and so on. Six months to have toned abs as an overweight person, for example, might not be a realistic timeline.

It’s important to set realistic goals on your fitness journey, because more realistic goals can give you a better sense of achievement. It may be that you’re starting from a low point in your physical fitness, and that’s perfectly fine. Everybody has to start somewhere.


A personal trainer should feel like an essential ally on your way to your physical fitness goals. It is more than just a business transaction. It is a relationship that must be built with trust and communication, and that trust and communication must go both ways.

For more information on personal trainers and one-on-one training in Wellesley, MA, talk to us at The Fit Factor PT. We have the resources and expertise needed to create the perfect workout plan for you!

Chad has been my personal trainer for over 10 years.  He is very dedicated and resourceful as a trainer.  I would highly recommend Chad.  He has kept my body healthy through all these years and in my 50s. Chad is also very accommodating to working with your schedule. Wouldn't go anywhere else.

Joan C

I love working out with Chad! I have been working out with him for the past year and a half and have had the best results compared with other trainers. Chad’s dedication to his clients, humor, warmth and expertise are a winning combination. I look forward to our sessions and always leave feeling stronger, more flexible and energetic. I highly recommend Chad.

Brittany chick

I have been working with Chad (the trainer) for almost three years now and have gone through an amazing transformation! He bonds greatly with his clients and is a very qualified trainer. He tailors workouts to individual clients and has helped me perform better as an equestrian and achieve my physique goals. If you are looking for a great one-on-one trainer, I would highly recommend.

Yvonne C.

When I started going to the fit factor I went in thinking I had a pretty good knowledge of weight lifting and exercise without having much to improve. I was so wrong! Chad was incredible and really took the time to explain and show proper technique as well as a variety of different exercises that I had never done before. I now have much more confidence in my form and have a really great and well rounded routine. Additionally, Chad catered to my personal goals and really listened to what I wanted to accomplish. I cannot recommend The fit factor and Chad enough!

Giuseppe Leonelli

I have been weight lifting for over five years but have never had dedicated instruction from a trainer. Chad was able to notice where my form was failing and correct it immediately. He also guided me towards effective exercises so that I could keep achieving my goals and moving up. After a couple of months of working with him I was able to see some great results. Chad knows his stuff!

Jonas Escobedo

Chad has been great with not only the types of specialized workouts each session but also with checking in after the sessions. He has a real passion for seeing people make big health changes; which makes it fun. Would highly recommend!

William Gotschewski

I went to Chad looking to get back in shape and lose weight, which had crept up from working long hours. Chad was super patient and non-judgmental. We started at a level where I would see results but not get so sore or so disappointed at what I could not do it. He focused on what I could do if I pushed myself hard and taught me that step/skill building was an integral part of the process. We also talked about nutrition and self-care. As other reviews have mentioned, he cares about his clients beyond the appointment time, and wants them to make positive change to their lives that will stick. I lost 30+ pounds and I am in the best shape of my life. I have been able to maintain this for 2 years. He taught me how to create a sustainable workout plan. Even during the pandemic I was able to maintain my weight and my fitness level thanks for his frequent check-ins and the solid fitness base we created through his work and fitness mentorship. I highly recommend him!

Tere Ramos

I started with Chad in August 2020, my first semester of college was cancelled and i needed something active to do. At that point I was a small underweight kid looking to gain muscle and gain weight. I went to Chad 3 times a week until late January 2021. Those 5 months were great, I really enjoyed going to chad and it was the highlight of my week and something I would look forward to going to 3 times every week. Throughout this time Chad has perfected my form on workouts and had a great and unique workout for me everytime. I went in weighing 125 pounds at 5’10 and now I weigh 150 pounds after the five months. Not only did Chad give workouts but he also gave me a diet for me to follow so I could maximize my time with him. He really personalizes workouts for each person. Currently i’m in the best shape of my life and am super confident in my body. GO TO FIT-FACTOR!!

Declan Gulley