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How to find the Personal Trainer that’s Right for You?

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If you are trying to get in the best shape of your life or just back into the gym, you’ve probably entertained the thought of hiring a personal trainer to get you on track. Personal trainers can greatly improve the odds of success, so if you are serious about achieving your fitness goals it is a no-brainer to find the right personal trainer for you.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of government regulation, the fitness industry is plagued with unqualified trainers. And not every trainer, even qualified, will be the right fit for your goals, personality, and training preferences. Sadly, many people give up on their fitness goals completely after having a bad experience with an unqualified trainer, or a trainer who they didn’t connect with. Your personal trainer does not have to be your best friend, and for a lot of people it would be worse if they were, but you must
connect and have strong communication. So how to find the right qualified trainer for you? First get to know your trainer; be skeptical, ask questions, understand who you are hiring and what they are going to provide you in return for your investment.

10 Characteristics To Consider When Choosing A Personal Trainer:

  1. Openness – Are they willing to share their background and give you the time to make a connection before signing a large contract or paying a large sum of money up front. Are they willing to explain their training background, philosophy, and systems?
  2. Motivation – Do you connect with your trainer, they need to support you, motivate you, inspire  you!
  3. Certification – Make sure your trainer is certified. Most certifications need to be renewed every 2 years and require continuing education credits. Make sure your trainer didn’t let theirs lapse, and has stayed up to date with the science, it is a young field and it is constantly evolving.
  4. Knowledge – Having a certification is good but does your trainer understand the science behind the moves and regimes they are trying to apply to your body. Passing a test to acquire a certification is a good first step, but do they know the science well enough to explain it to you. So you can perform moves correctly for optimal results.
  5. Experience – This is different than knowledge. Understanding physiology and body mechanics is important. But having years of experience applying this knowledge to real clients is a huge factor in success. No two clients are the same, it takes time for a trainer to learn how to manipulate the body correctly for any scenario and to be confident and prudent enough to do so. Do they have a history of successful clients, before and after pictures? Great personal trainers produce great fitness results, but this level of professionalism is not perfected overnight.
  6. Attentiveness- Personal Trainers must be attentive to a client needs and gauge the physiological changes in each movement through each exercise.
  7. Timeliness – Are they late, miss appointments? Having a trainer who constantly cancels or reschedules is a huge setback, it becomes disappointing and demotivating. You should not feel like you are wasting your time and money.
  8. Program Design – How do they intake clients for the first time. It says a lot about how they view personal training and how they will set up your program. Did they take measurements, did they test your body fat, do they know your strengths and weakness? Did they take the time to set you up to be successful? Does their program evolve? Do they have a system for gauging, tracking, and designing programs?
  9. Goal Oriented – How often do they talk about your goals, how focused are they on your fitness goals. Or do they spend your sessions talking about themselves and their weekend?
  10. Follow through – Do they schedule routine measurements or keep records? Are they tracking your progress? Do they know where you started, what you are trying to accomplish? Are they planning for the steps to get you there?

Simply Put
Find a personal trainer with knowledge, experience, and integrity. Someone you connect with, who will inspire you on your bad days, the days you want to skip your workouts. Find a personal trainer who has passion and is excited to see you succeed, and it will be the best personal investment you will ever make!

All Comments

  • Daphne Gilpin May 8, 2019 Reply

    Thanks for explaining that we should pick a trainer who’s willing to spend some time developing a program that sets us up for success. Lately I’ve been feeling motivated to take control of my health, and I think finding a personal coach would be a great way to do that. I’m glad I read your article because now I know what qualities to look for as I start talking with potential fitness trainers.

  • Erika Brady May 16, 2019 Reply

    Your advice to find a personal trainer that is attentive to your needs and can gauge any physiological changes that occur during each exercise would be useful. When choosing one, it would probably be a good idea to research local professionals online. Researching them could give you the opportunity to learn about their methods so you can narrow down the options and then contact the ones you’re considering in order to check their attention and how they interact with you to determine which personal trainer you’re comfortable working with.

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