Wednesday, 5 October 2016

MY TOP TIPS FOR CHOOSING A PERSONAL TRAINER!



Finding a personal trainer that's going to work for you can be hard and at the end of the day you want to pick someone who is going to kick your ass into shape but also be supportive in helping you to achieve your fitness goals.  With so many personal trainers out there, you want to choose someone who is an investment rather than feeling like you've thrown your money out the window, so it's definitely worth shopping around to find someone that will fit your needs.

I've been using personal trainers on and off for the last 5 years and although they can be expensive, in the long run it's definitely worth it.

Here are my top tips when choosing a personal trainer.

1. Certifications
This is probably one of the most important tips as anyone can put the letters "PT" after their name, but you want someone that knows exactly what they're doing otherwise they could cause you more harm than good. So look at what qualifications they hold but also look at their experience.  Some trainers may be more experienced in powerlifting/bodybuilding whilst others in running, so have a think about what it is you want to achieve as I would suggest going with a PT who is more specialized in the area you are looking to train in.

2. Personality
When looking at your options it's a good idea to meet with the trainer you're interested in for a chat and/or taster session to help you decide if you're comfortable around them.  You want to choose someone who you get on with as you'll be spending a lot of 1-2-1 time with them and so you want to create a bond that will help you stay focused and engaged during your sessions.  You also want to be able to trust them and know that they are invested in you and your goals.

Look at it as quality over quantity.... there is absolutely no point choosing the male personal trainer who's a straight 10 if he's not going to make you a straight 10 too and whose personality sucks the life out of you!

3. Professional Attitude
If your trainer is going to stand a flex their muscles in the mirror every 5 minutes throughout your session to make sure they're still there then this isn't the trainer for you.  You also don't want a trainer who gets distracted easily and wanders off to speak to every other person in the gym.  Choose a trainer who is focused throughout the session so when you leave you feel like you've been pushed to your limit and really achieved something.

4. Your Goal 
If you go to a trainer without a goal, there's no way in determining quality.  You should have a specific goal in mind so you can grill personal trainers on how they would propose getting you there. If you don't have a goal, have a lengthy chat with a personal trainer before starting so you can both come to an agreed goal and time scale.  Once decided you will then have a clear idea of what is expected from you and can have regular conversations together with regards to your progress.

5. Training Style
Each personal trainer in the gym will have their own training technique and you need to decide if this also works for you.  Some trainers will gently encourage you, but still push you whilst others will shout at you as if you're in the army.  I personally find that being shouted at is not encouraging at all... in fact it has the opposite effect and makes me demotivated.  The trainer should also be able to adapt the session around your needs.  Some people are in need of a coach, whilst others may use the session to vent and move around after a long day sitting at a desk. There is no point in a trainer coaching you through a complex workout if you're there to unwind.

6. Client Feedback
When you first meet with a trainer ask if they have any client feedback or testimonials.  This is a great way in showing what a trainer can achieve, especially if they have clients that have achieved similar goals to what you're aiming for.  As the saying goes there's "proof in the pudding".

7. Fitness Knowledge
Your trainer should have a fountain of knowledge in their field and if they don't this is a warning sign. When they set a training program for you they should be able to explain why certain exercises have been included in order to help you achieve your goals and certainly don't choose a PT who thinks eating 1000 calories a day is sufficient.  My personal trainer is very knowledgeable and so when I ask questions (which is a lot! Yes I'm needy!) I know I'm always going to get an in depth answer.  A personal trainer shouldn't get annoyed with you asking lots of questions as it shows you're keen to learn and progress and it's helped me to build my knowledge over the years.

8. Tracking Progress
I'm a huge fan of taking photos and measurements in order to track my progress as small changes happen and you may not realize until you compare against photos.  Your trainer should want to know what your weight, body fat and measurements are on a regular basis so that if you're not progressing they can realign your program or look at your diet.  They may also ask for progress photos but more so if your goal is aesthetics and only if you're happy to send them.

9. Cost & Availability
Now-a-days we all live quite busy lives and seem to be on the go 24/7 so ask your trainer what their availability is.  Do they work early mornings, late nights and weekends and will they fit into your schedule? It's also worth asking how many clients they have as you'll want to know they'll be able to fit you in.  Also ask what the cost is going to be so you know that it works around your budget and you're not paying over the odds.

Have fun finding your perfect personal trainer match!

A. x

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26 comments

  1. Great tips! I'm in the process of finding a Personal Trainer so these are pretty useful right now! Thanks for sharing x

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    1. Thank you :) I hope you find the perfect trainer. A x

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  2. I've always wanted a personal trainer but can barely get up the motivation to go to the gym - I'll definitely bare this in mind!

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    1. My next post on ways to stay motivated might help you :)

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  3. Thanks for the tips. I will have these in mind when looking for a personal trainer.

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    1. Really glad you enjoyed the post.

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    2. I have never had a personal trainer but have lots of friends that do have them and they all say that hate is a good motivator!

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  4. ive never thought about a personal trainer. these are great tips!

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  5. I've never thought about getting one as I don't work out but I wish I did lol

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  6. Great tips, and very important for someone looking for a personal trainer x

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  7. I once thought about getting a personal trainer but I didn't know enough about it so this is really useful xx

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    1. I'm glad you've found this useful.
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  8. Some great tips here, I wouldn't know the first thing about personal trainers!

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  9. I keep thinking about getting a personal trainer at some point. Maybe one day! So thank you for some really helpful tips I shall keep in mind :D

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    1. Thank you and I'm glad you found them helpful :)
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  10. I have never had a personal trainer but I would love one. This is a super helpful starting point for when I start my search. Thank you!

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    1. No problem, I'm glad you found it helpful :)
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  11. This is a great set of points I'm going to be re-reading!! I need a personal trainer so bad but they seem so intimidating! Thinking about looking at their personality is such a winning point!

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    1. I'm glad you found these tips useful. Don't feel intimidated :) hope you find one.
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  12. I agree that having a clear goal is so important - I'm always a bit sceptical about where people's recommendations come from though. Wish I had more time for a PT.

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    1. If unsure ask a personal trainer who they would recommend as most would give you an honest answer :)
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  13. These are really great tips. I think it's really important to make sure that a PT has the right qualifications but also the right personality

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