Ok, so as a self-employed PT, this is potentially quite an ill-advised post to write. ..
Something I feel very passionate about is that all my clients are aware that whilst they have me to work with them during our PT sessions, they have a workout programme that they can complete outside of our sessions and they know that they can contact them outside of our sessions- they still only have on average 2-3 hours with me per week. With 168 hours in a week, this leaves an average of 165 hours per week in which they are responsible for their journey.
Often when people hire a PT, they assume that this step alone is enough to get them to where they want to be. Nope- sorry. A personal trainer is there to initially discuss your goals with you, work out a sustainable (and enjoyable- ish) plan to get you there and apply suitable timescales. (if your PT is promising lightening quick fat loss and pushing supplements on you, walk away and quick)
I usually like to take my clients through some initial fitness testing and postural analysis, and if fat loss is the goal I like to take tape measurements at various sites around the body and take a scale weight if they wish. (off topic completely- whilst scales get a bad rep sometimes, if used on a non-regular basis e.g. every few weeks/month they can provide a useful indicator of fat loss progress, combined with tape measurements. So, if you like to use scales and they don’t provide a trigger for you- please continue using them, and remember everyone’s preferences are different) These actions are designed to give you a well-rounded starting point to enable us to make progress toward achieving your goals. Of course, these starting statistics will be revisited at appropriate intervals during our sessions together- but for real progress to be made, it really will be down to the actions you take and decisions you take outside of your PT sessions.
I (clearly, given my chosen career path!) do genuinely believe that working with a supportive and motivating PT that you have a good rapport and feel comfortable with (this is SO important) is potentially one of the most positive things you can do to empower yourself with a solid action plan and a clear workout structure- and the time you spend with your trainer will nothing but beneficial for you. But please, avoid the mindset that the work is done as soon as you head home from your PT session- that is exactly where it starts.