So you have decided that you should invest in a Personal Trainer but how do you go about picking the right one?
First up, the leisure industry is huge, which means there are loads and loads of ‘Personal Trainers’ out there claiming to be the best. The fact of the matter is that the majority of them are likely to be in the industry to get free gym membership and are not overly concerned about the safety of their clients.
So I have compiled a list of things you should ask your trainer when you first meet them.
What was the last course they went on?
Personal trainers should be constantly moving with the demands of the industry, not gaining their knowledge from youtube.
What was the last book they read?
Again, a good trainer should be keeping up with scientific literature and books to ensure they are keeping up with industry standards.
What is their ‘specialty’
Its all very well looking at the profiles on your gyms wall, or looking at the overall image of the trainers, but what is their greatest success? Ask to see some testimonials from recent clients, or better still, speak with people who have trained with them.
How much do they charge?
You are looking to make a lifestyle change and to improve your health and confidence, is there a price for that? Well, there probably is but if you are looking for the cheapest trainer, do you really expect to see results? The fact of the matter is, good trainers are likely to be charging a little more to cover the expenses of their continuing education.
A Personal Trainer should always be willing to meet you for a free consultation. This allows you both to get an insight into whether you will get along. You should never feel pressured into training with somebody that you don’t feel 100% comfortable with so meet with a few before committing. You should always be clear about your goals from the beginning, a true professional should refer you on if they do not feel they can get the best results or if they do not feel that their expertise works for you.
Good luck in your search!
BSc (hons) Sports Science, Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training, Boxercise Registered Instructor, Certificate in Pre and Post Natal Exercise