Training | POSTED February 14, 2023

Let’s Walk You Through Your First Few Months at Ivy Training

You’ve just clicked submit on our personal training enquiry. Leading up to this point perhaps something has motivated you to reflect on your current health and future goals. So, what happens next? What will your first few months at Ivy Training look like?

Your first foot in the door

Well, it all starts with a Personal Training Consultation. This sounds formal but, it’s ideally anything but that. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable with the environment at Ivy Training. After all, this is a place where you’ll be laughing, sweating and probably grunting! Our goal during the consultation is to learn a lot about you. This includes covering information such as:

  • Your schedule
  • Work/life balance
  • Exercise and diet history
  • Injury history
  • …and more!

Ultimately, it’s a chance for us to show that we are interested in meeting you where you are at. At Ivy Training we believe in a simple quote that guides this process:

“People don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Your first session

This is where the rubber meets the road, or more accurately, your feet meet the floor. Accordingly, our first session is a probing session. This isn’t some bizarre alien abduction (although if you’ve never worked out in the gym before, it can feel strange)! Really, we are finding out what your current physical ability is. This can be informed by many things including:

  • Sport and exercise history
  • Injury history
  • Previous exposures to concepts and environments concerning exercise and fitness
  • Prior beliefs about the human body, fragility and ability

We will aim to instruct you on how to perform a few basic movements or patterns. Chiefly, these include some form of Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift, Overhead Press and Rowing movements. These patterns will train a large amount of the musculature through a long range of motion. In training these, you will be providing the best overall stimulus to your body during a personal training session. Because people have varying abilities, a probing session will help us best determine where to start with these movements or patterns.

During this session you’ll also get familiar with some of the language we use around body positions (such as “hinge”), how we describe difficulty (such as “RPE”) or other concepts like resting between sets and breathing. It’s a lot to take in, but like all things, start small and build up gradually. Our aim isn’t to make you sore and sweaty in your first session (although this naturally may occur), but we are trying to familiarise you with the training process, find your starting point, and also get to know you a bit better.

Your first few months

By now you’ve settled in. You’ve committed to a consistent schedule (for many, we recommend strength training two to three times per week). In doing so, you’ve managed to add weight to the bar, reps to your sets and improved your cadence with your aerobic work. As a result, you’ve noticed in the mirror your body is starting to change. So, does it just go on like this?

In some ways… yes, but there’s more. At this point in time, we’ll typically ask for your feedback on your training and make any changes to your program if necessary. For many, especially if they haven’t already indicated, after a month or so we believe it is a great time to start diving into nutrition habits. For those interested in changing their body composition from the get-go, we certainly do so sooner. However, many people are looking to simply “get fitter” and aren’t in as much of a hurry to modify their dietary preferences.

We will begin by asking clients some questions regarding their nutrition habits week to week and may also ask for some form of food log if that’s appropriate. It may also be worth discussing food preparation skills and eating environments. At this point we additionally try to encourage clients to increase their activity overall. We love strength training, but know it isn’t enough by itself. Whether it’s dance, swimming or walking, the opportunities to be active are endless. They should also be fun for you.

Start strong, keep getting stronger

You’re probably already more capable than you think. Whether you’re worried you wont be strong enough, fit enough or disciplined enough, don’t doubt yourself. Many people we find simply need direction. Our goal is to help clients be self-aware about all the processes that influence their health outcomes and start developing long-term, sustainable habits that support one another.

Once you’ve settled into your first few months, we start to consider more ambitious targets. Have you always wanted to do a chin-up? Run a marathon? Or even just get better at prepping meals throughout the week? Nothing is too big or too small to be considered important. At Ivy Training we will use the first few months to set you up for a lifetime of success. This will include education, instruction, self-reflection and effort, but we promise you, it’s all worth it.