You’ve done it, you’ve decided to use a Personal Trainer to help you reach your health and fitness goals. You’ve got your appointment set, but what can you expect from this professional?

Your first appointment will be mostly an evaluation of your goals, habits, session frequency and timelines. Your Personal Trainer needs to get to know you in order to best construct a workout and in some cases, a nutrition plan to ensure that you meet your goals. Do you want to get stronger? Lose weight? Improve mobility or performance in a sport that you are currently enjoying? Answers to these questions will help them construct the right plan for you. They’ll also ask for your sleep habits and if you have any current or past injuries or illnesses that might affect how they compose the right strategy for you.

For your first workout, your trainer will be evaluating you on your workout literacy, whether you’ve been working out for a while or if this is your first time. You might undergo a fitness assessment or some parts of one over your first few sessions. This assessment may include your trainer looking at your posture, flexibility, body composition and measurements, blood pressure and/or a cardio test.

Once your trainer has the information that they need, they will run you through a workout, introduce you to some machines and exercises (depending on your familiarity) and evaluate how you perform. With all of this information, your trainer will work on a personalized plan that you will follow together and some work that you can do on your own to keep you on target.

If there is anything that you are uncertain about, talk to your trainer. They are there to help you and get you to reach your goals as efficiently as possible using their experience and expertise.