However, I knew how important it was when lifting weights to have proper form, so I decided to invest in a few sessions with a personal trainer. Obviously Zanna Van Dijk was my first choice as a PT, as her social media and video about weightlifting is what made me want to start doing so in the first place. Luckily she had client spaces available and so I started training with her once a week or fortnight at the Lomax gym in Chelsea.
One of the biggest benefits to having a personal trainer is undoubtedly how much you learn about the correct technique whilst lifting. Although I’ve done a lot of body pump and other similar classes, you never really get the full attention of an instructor in a fitness class, so it’s definitely worth investing in a least one session with a PT to make sure your form is on point.
Another benefit is the huge range of exercises and moves that you learn. Zanna would text me before our workout and ask what I wanted to target at our session and then the whole routine would be set. This is especially great if you’re starting out lifting weights and don’t know a lot of moves or how to structure a workout to get the maximum benefit out of it. I started training back, which I’d never done on my own before simply because I hadn’t really researched how to, but it turned into my second favourite area to target, after legs of course.
Although unfortunately I didn’t have the money to train with Zanna more than once a week, I continued to train on my own throughout the rest of the week, using my newfound knowledge. I also requested to get a screenshot of our workouts after every session, so I could just get these up in the gym and train from them.
Whilst originally I had only planned to do a few training sessions to nail my form, it became addictive and I just kept coming back. Not only because of the new knowledge and exercises that I was learning, but also because Zanna is one of the most inspirational women I’ve ever met. She made our sessions incredibly tough, but had me smiling the whole way through it with constant chatting.
I would also always bombard her with my questions about health and nutrition, social media or upcoming events that she was organizing, and I can honestly say that I learned so much from her, not just in terms of lifting! My biggest piece of advice would therefore be to find a trainer who inspires you and that you look up to, that way you take away so much more from the session than just a tough workout.
I’m now saving up money as obviously personal training comes at a cost, but I would highly recommend it and especially training with the lovely Zanna Van Dijk!