How To Choose The Best Personal Trainer For You

Working out doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Some people need a little nudge while others an outright wake up call in the form of an early morning HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training) workout. For those who consider attending their yoga classes or working out a natural part of their daily schedule, keep up the good work. For the rest of you, here’s why working out daily is not a mundane task and something that can actually bring you joy. 

Most people tend to ignore hitting the gym or working out to avoid the responsibility of planning exercise calendars, following unrealistic diets, and most importantly because they’re lazy. However, this doesn’t have to be true. There are actually highly trained and extremely enthusiastic personal trainers out there who will be more than happy to assist you in making working out the best part of your day. Once you’ve come to terms with letting someone else take the reigns of your fitness and help you be consistent with your workouts, the next step is to decide on the kind of personal trainer you want to train with. This is an important (and sometimes difficult) decision. However, with the help of our in-house experts, we’ve put together 7 tips on how you can choose the best personal trainer for yourself.

  • Go For Certified Trainers


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Don’t be shy about asking your trainer about their certifications and other credentials proving their area of expertise if need be. You need to make sure that they have met the essential standards of professionalism and competence required by a credible organization. This will prove that they are serious about what they do and want to adhere to industry standards. More and more reputable gyms today require the personal trainers they hire to have an accredited personal training certification. In addition, having the right certification helps personal trainers safely and effectively design fitness programs according to their clients’ individual needs. 

  • Look For Referrals

It’s always best to try something that has already been tested successfully; so it only makes sense to apply the same rule of law when considering a personal trainer. A personal trainer who comes with a reference implies that they already hold some experience and therefore are familiar with helping clients get the most out of their workout sessions. It definitely means that they will not be using you as a guinea pig to test fitness programs and in the process cause you any possible injuries. We’re not saying that you shouldn’t give a chance to someone without any references whatsoever because everyone needs to start somewhere. However, as long as they have the requisite credentials, you can give them a chance.

  • Choose A Personal Trainer Best Suited For You

Just because your workout session involves squats, lunges, and crunches doesn’t mean it can’t be fun as well. We’re not saying you want someone to be chatting about the latest celebrity gossip throughout your hour in the gym (or maybe you do) but sometimes you may not want the distraction of listening to someone when you’re focusing on your workouts. Whether you are the kind of person who works best under pressure and with motivation in the form of military-style jibes or the kind who wants constant positive reinforcement, make sure you find a personal trainer that is best suited to your workout style.

  • Look For Specializations


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Say your goal is to run a 10km race for the first time ever in your life but you don’t know how to get started. While any personal trainer can help set you on the right path, one who specializes in running might help you achieve your goal more safely and efficiently. Seeing as they will have more expertise in a particular area, not only will specialized personal trainers be more knowledgeable about the nuances of your end goal but they will also be more passionate about your achieved success. For example, if you have never tried a yoga class before but have now been informed by your physical therapist that it may be the best form of exercise for you, you should find a personal trainer who specializes in yoga training.

  • Cost

While personal trainers cost more than a regular gym subscription, you’re also getting your money’s worth with personalized attention and workouts that align with your individual fitness goals. However, not all personal trainers charge the same. One trainer’s hourly rate can be significantly different to that of another, especially if you throw in certification, speciality, location, and experience. If solo sessions are too expensive for you, you can always opt for semi-private ones or group sessions. Also, be sure to enquire about discounts and perks if you decide to buy a package. Make a budget of how much you want to spend on your personal training sessions and once you do, you’ll find out that there are numerous options available.

  • Location, Location, Location

We cannot emphasize enough how important it is for your personal trainer to be able to come to your home, gym, or office if you don’t want to go to them. Eitherway, ensure that there is flexibility in terms of where you train. Having a location close to your home or office is essential so as to not waste your time in commuting but it’s also important that you and your trainer are on the same page with respect to where you work out. The location should be easily accessible for both of you.

  • Scheduling

At the end of the day, you are the one who is hiring a service so working around your schedule should be your personal trainer’s top priority. Consistency is of utmost importance for you to achieve your goals in the desired timeframe. Keeping this in mind, it won’t be rude to ask your trainer how many other clients they have, if they have any flexibility issues, and whether they like to keep the same appointment for each client or are open to a floating schedule that changes regularly? Other key details to make note of are if you can make up for any missed appointments and information about their cancellation policy.

Keeping these tips in mind, it is crucial to find the right personal trainer to help you achieve all your fitness goals. Someone who is thoroughly invested in and is ready to work towards helping you achieve your desired results will ensure that you stay on track, make a note of your progress at every level, and be the loudest to cheer you on. So whether you decide on a trainer who will motivate you to take up yoga or someone who introduces you to weight training, be sure you’re both on the same page about the authenticity of their accreditation, the accuracy of their availability, the flexibility of their location, and the positivity of their attitude.

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