Picking the right physical trainer can be hard. If you’re not sure how to go about it, and you’ve found this page, you’re getting started off on the right foot. The first step is understanding what you want to achieve out of personal training, what kind of teaching method you respond to best and how hard you want to be pushed.
If your primary goal is to lose weight, finding a physical trainer who specializes in weight loss is ideal. A lot of trainers have a general knowledge of how to go about accomplishing any desired goal, but if you have a more specific goal or need, finding a trainer whose strengths are in those areas helps.
Figuring out what kind of teaching method you respond to best is also important. Do you respond well to someone softer, making suggestions and pushing you toward making the right decision? Do you prefer someone being tougher and telling you what to do, or a happy medium between both? I find that most people fall somewhere in the middle of these two sides. Figuring out where you fall so you can look for a physical trainer who matches is important.
Lastly finding someone who is going to push you the appropriate amount is important. You don’t want a trainer who pushes you too hard, causing injuries. You also don’t want a trainer who doesn’t push you hard enough. I’ve seen plenty of physical trainers who fit into both these categories. The industry is filled with trainers who haven’t had that much experience as a working with clients and in the gym working out themselves. Being an experienced trainer is part taking what you’ve learned in study, and in the practice.
After figuring out what kind of trainer would best fit you, next, you want to be able to spot a couple crucial qualities that you want them to possess. A few traits are a must. Knowing them will help you pick the right personal trainer.
• Being able to create appropriate workout plans – A trainer should have the knowledge to create workout plans that are tailored to each client’s needs. Using one workout style or the same methods to fix any problem on every client is the sign of a poor personal trainer. A trainer showing that he or she works with clients that vary in age and capability and clients with disabilities is a good sign of a diverse trainer.
• Fitness being their passion – Fitness has to be a personal trainer’s passion rather than just a means to make money. You never met a good basketball coach who just coaches to make money. If it’s just a job to them, they will fail to motivate, have a message that is true, and will lack in other areas. That level of interest will only get them so far. It usually isn’t hard to spot these people. Typically they haven’t been working out long themselves, often they aren’t in the best shape and will express a lack of excitement in conversation about health and fitness.
• Communication – Good communication between a trainer and their client in and out of the gym is a must. Guidance on proper form, teaching clients about the exercises they are being put through, and keeping in contact outside of sessions to keep tabs and motivate are all important. Good communication is a sign that trainers are invested in their clients and that they care. If a trainer doesn’t express genuine concern in your health and fitness goals right off the bat, the chances he or she will go that extra mile for you is slim.
After all this, the last and maybe the most important thing is finding a trainer that you connect with. Having a bond between you and this person can make the world of difference. How you respond to their direction, your level of motivation, your attitude, and experience with exercise are all greatly influenced by the nature of your relationship. Having a personal trainer and committing to a fitness routine is a big investment and time-consuming. Spending that money and time with someone you like is what makes the biggest difference.