When you go to a personal trainer, you’re hoping to get the best possible results based on the program the trainer has created for you. That’s only possible if you have a good trainer that knows what he or she is doing. You have to what to look for in a personal trainer in order to ensure you make the right choice.
Make sure your trainer is certified.
Too many people are allowed to lead exercise groups without knowing anything about the body, the right things to ensure there are no injuries and how to correct existing issues. Checking your personal trainers certifications is important. It means the trainer underwent a course of study and passed the certification test. NASM, ACE, and ACSM are three certifications that are most common. Check to see if the trainer also has a CPR-AED certification. It means they care about clients and safety. They want to be prepared to help in the rare event something does happen.
Make sure the trainer asks you questions and doesn’t just talk about themself.
Trainers need to find out what your goals are, learn if you have any special needs and even find out what your level of fitness is before they create a program. While you’re in the interviewing stage, the trainer will probably ask what your goals are and maybe if you have special needs, such as a bad back, but they probably won’t test your fitness level until you’re ready to begin a program. The trainer should be interested in you.
Find out if they have a promotional option.
Run, don’t walk, if someone wants you to sign up for a long term commitment. I’ve actually gone to a nationwide gym where they wanted a lifetime commitment. Keep your initial workout to a shorter plan. If the trainer offers a free trial, take advantage of it. If they have a one month group program, like we do, go for that if you aren’t sure. The thirty day program gives you enough time to know whether you like the trainer style and the facilities. After thirty days, you’ll be in better shape and have more information to decide whether to continue or not.
- Find out if they specialize in what you need. Not every trainer focuses on every need. Some work better with people who want to get fit for sports, while others are all about rehab or fitness past 40. Find a trainer that focuses on the goal you want to achieve.
- See if there are both group and individual training sessions. Not only should the workout match your style, but also your budget.
- See if they get results. If you know someone that went to the trainer, talk to them to get an idea of how they work. Otherwise, check their website for success stories.
- See if the trainer provides both exercise and dietary help. Trainers that are certified in nutrition or work with a nutritionist or someone certified can provide the complete program. Exercise alone isn’t enough to truly be healthy.