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From Personal Trainer, ISSA Certified, Brad LeLievre

When starting a rehab or personal training program one of the most important things you can do to accomplish your goals is to take ownership of the process.

By this I mean you need to really by into it and take matters into your own hands. While the training and advice you will receive in your session will definitely put you on the right path to success there is only so much that can be done in 2-3 hours a week.

What will really help you achieve the goals you set out to accomplish will be what you do with that training outside of those sessions. Let’s look at it this way; suppose someone is working with a trainer 2 times a week. There is 168 hours in a week. 2 hours with a trainer makes up 1.2% of your week. However good a trainer or physiotherapist is there is only so much that can be accomplished in 1.2% of someone’s week. Taking ownership means taking the exercises the physiotherapist gives you for homework and actually doing them at home. The majority of people do not and then they wonder why they aren’t healing as quickly as they would like. Taking ownership also means working out on the days that you aren’t with your trainer. It means adjusting your life, be it diet or whatever that is required to achieve your goals and applying it to the other 165 hours of the week.

Think of your trainer or physiotherapist as a teacher; they are teaching you the tools you need to achieve your goals. It is up to you to take that knowledge and turn it into success.

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