If you are considering how to choose a personal trainer (or coach), that means you are motivated and embarking on an exciting journey towards physical fitness. When it comes to choosing a personal trainer, you want someone who is experienced, qualified, motivating, and someone you are comfortable with.
They don’t call them ‘personal’ trainers for nothing. Your relationship should fully suit you and your needs as their job will be to motivate you, hold you accountable, inspire you, keep you safe, and help you meet your fitness goals. Below are some things to consider when choosing a personal trainer.
Be sure to check that any personal trainers or coaches you are considering are fully qualified. Don’t be afraid to ask for their credentials. Being a certified personal trainer means passing an exam through organizations like The American Council of Exercise, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Having these credentials means they have met standards of competency and professionalism as deemed necessary by a trusted organization.
Not all gyms call them “trainers,” either. Some might prefer the term fitness coach or exercise coach, but you should still be checking to see the credentials!
A person can be fully certified but still not be a good fit for you if their personality is not one that you mesh with. Perhaps most important in a coach/client relationship is a personality connection that makes your workouts something you want to go to, instead of dreading.
You will want to find someone that can push you to reach your goals, while still making you feel good about yourself. Spend some time talking with any personal trainers you are considering, or observe them working with other clients. You will soon learn what their style is and if is one that will work for you.
Every personal trainer has their own approach to physical fitness and workout routines. Some prefer working out outdoors, while others are fully focused on using gym equipment. Your personal trainer will have a program in place, and you will want to know that program and if it appeals to you.
Feel free to ask questions like whether you will be using free weights or machines. Just as a coach or trainer will have their own approach, you will have your own preferences that are just as important; just make sure they are in sync with one another.
Of course, a lot of this is likely to come up in your initial consultations!
As consistency is so important when it comes to physical fitness and reaching certain goals, you will want to ensure that your personal trainer’s availability works with your schedule. Confirm with your coach just how often you would meet, for how long, and if your sessions are always the same, or if they fluctuate. Some trainers will need you to book your sessions well in advance, while others are more flexible. Make sure that their schedule and availability is in line with your workout consistency needs.
If you are already a gym member, chances are you will have heard some other people discussing their personal-trainer experiences. Feel free to ask around if anyone has worked with the trainers at a gym and find out who is recommended. The proof is in the pudding, so seeing the results that others have achieved through work with a personal trainer will tell you most of what you want to know. If a trainer is known to produce results for people like the ones you are aiming for, that personal trainer can likely do the same for you.
When it comes to choosing a personal trainer, don’t hesitate to do a little due diligence beforehand as it is an important relationship that can be a large part of your life goals.