The decision to hire a personal trainer is already a big step towards reaching your fitness goals. Choosing a personal trainer that suits your personality, goals and time schedule can be a bit trickier. Let’s take a look at some of the factors to consider when choosing your personal trainer.
Ask for Credentials
First and foremost, your friend is not a personal trainer. Even though your gym buddies might share relevant tips and tricks when it comes to a good exercise routine, you should put your trust in the professionals. Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective trainer to elaborate on their experience and credentials.
Personal trainers should also be your personal cheerleaders when it comes to your exercise regime. You want this person to be right at your side, pushing you to give your best. Steer clear of those ‘lazy trainers’ that just sit around and barely watch while you train. You want someone that is full of motivation and inspiration with every second of the session being focused on you.
Level of Professionalism
If you know other individuals that are training under your prospective personal trainer, inquire about their work ethic and attitude. If your personal trainer is not on time or spends his/her time flirting with you instead of training you, it will only be a waste of time and money.
Set an Example
Look for a personal trainer that is in top shape. Not only will this motivate you to train harder to reach their level, it will show you that what they teach works. A trainer that is out of shape and doesn’t eat healthy meals is obviously not practicing what they preach.
Focus on the Client
Your trainer should not just have a ‘default’ training program for every client. He/she should thoroughly assess you as a client by looking at your goals, your meal plan, and your body type to work out the best possible program for you as an individual. Some personal trainers also make the mistake of training their clients in the same way they train themselves and forget to focus on the client.
At the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference. You might have spotted a trainer in the gym with a positive attitude and a great following. This individual might have the perfect combination of personality and motivation to help your reach your fitness goals. When in doubt, ask him/her to connect you with past or current clients so you can get their feedback.