10 Things To Look For In A Personal Trainer

Thinking about hiring a personal trainer? There are several things you should consider before you start writing checks. Don’t stress out over the decision, but spend a little time making sure you find a personal trainer that will be a good fit for you.

Selecting A Personal Trainer

  1. Cost – What you pay for a personal trainer should not be the most important aspect of your decision, but I mention it first because I realize that it will be a limiting factor for many people. Just make sure you find out up front what the personal trainer costs. Get it in writing to protect yourself so you don’t end up in an argument later over who said what.
     
  2. Methodology – Each personal trainer will approach things a little differently. If you’ve never worked with a personal trainer before, it may be difficult to know what will work best for you. Think about your personality and goals and try to consider how you will respond to a particular personal trainer’s approach. Are you motivated or scared by someone screaming in your face that you still have five more reps to go? Does kind, positive reinforcement work best for you or do you find it dull and uninspiring? There is no right answer here. You’ll have to decide what will work best for you.
     
  3. Flexibility – We all have different goals.  If your goals are to lose stomach fat and get a six pack, you need a personal trainer that will work with you toward that goal. You don’t want a personal trainer that only knows one way of doing things and prescribes the same workout routine to all clients. If the personal trainer only knows how to turn you into a beef cake but that’s not your goal, you had better find someone else.
     
  4. Personality – If you can’t stand your personal trainer, you’re probably not going to get the results you want. You probably won’t stick with your workouts. Nobody wants to pay good money to hang out with someone they can’t stand. You need to at least be able to tolerate your personal trainer. It will be even better if you find someone that you respect and enjoy. The more things you can do to make your workouts enjoyable, the more likely you will be to stick with them and reach your goals.
     
  5. Qualifications – Your personal trainer has to know what they are doing. You may not be experienced enough to know if they are leading you down the wrong path or not, so looking into their credentials is a good idea. There are many organizations that certify personal trainers. I’m not here to say which organization’s certification program is the best or that you need to find a personal trainer with a particular certification. It is important that the personal trainer has been trained though. Every personal trainer will probably tell you that their certification is the best, so as long as it comes from a reputable organization then you don’t need to worry about it too much.
     
  6. Gender – You may or may not be concerned with the gender of your personal trainer. If you are, go with what makes you feel comfortable. As I said earlier, the more you can do to make your workouts comfortable and enjoyable, the better off you will be.
     
  7. Schedule – Make sure the personal trainer’s schedule works with yours. This sounds obvious enough, but sometimes we forget about the obvious things. If you have to rearrange your life to work with a particular personal trainer, it’s probably not worth it.
     
  8. Physique – Take a look at the personal trainer’s body. If your personal trainer is not in shape, chances are you won’t be getting in shape either. If the personal trainer is not in shape, either they don’t know what they are talking about, don’t believe what they preach, or they are too lazy to do what it takes to get in shape. Regardless of the reason, it will be difficult to respect a personal trainer that is out of shape.
     
  9. References – Don’t be afraid to ask for references. If you ask the personal trainer for references, you can be fairly confident that you will only get positive comments. It will be better if you can get references without going through the personal trainer. For example, if the personal trainer is an employee at your gym, ask some of the other gym members if they have had any experiences with that trainer. Notice who the personal trainer’s clients are and ask some of them what they think. Better yet, if you have a friend or family member that has had a positive experience with a trainer, ask for the name of their personal trainer.
     
  10. Trail Session – Ask for a trial session before you commit to a personal trainer. What better way to find out if the personal trainer is a good fit? If they will consent to a personal trial session, you should be able to find out everything that you need to know fairly quickly.

There are several things that you should consider when choosing a personal trainer, but the most important thing is that you feel comfortable. Don’t make your workouts any more difficult to stick with than they all ready are by attaching yourself to someone you don’t like. A good trainer can make a big difference in your life, so try to find a good one.

If you are having trouble finding a good personal trainer, or if you don’t think you can afford it, consider these in-home workout videos. The personal trainers in these programs are excellent and much more affordable.


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