There are many factors that a person looking to get in shape when looking for a personal trainer. Here is a list of things that need to be looked at before investing your money:
How long has the trainer been in the industry and what experience do they have – Not that someone who has been in the fitness industry for many years is always better than a trainer who is fresh into it, but someone with more experience should be able to show you testimonials of the work they have done through their career so far.
Is the trainer qualified and insured – This should be your first thing to check. Unfortunately like many other industries, there are trainers out there that have trained themselves a lot in a gym over the years and feel that they can do a trainers job because of it. However this is not the case as a lot more goes into personal training than what people think. If the trainer is not qualified and not insured and a bad injury occurs because of the training given, it can put you in a vulnerable position if you try and get any compensation.
Does your potential trainer train himself? – Even though personal trainers work in the health and fitness industry, I have seen many trainers over the years look like they have never seen a gym before and spend more time at the local bakery. It is my belief that if a trainer gives a client something to do, they should be able to it themselves and beyond. Like any other industry, if you want to be the best you have to be able to do what you say.
Is your potential trainer someone who is continually looking to improve as a personal trainer? – Your trainer should be someone that is constantly looking to enhance their knowledge by either studying or going on more courses to learn how to become an even better trainer. Too many trainers in this day and age pass the main personal trainers course then learn nothing more apart from a couple of exercises here and there over a few years. If the trainer is constantly updating their knowledge, they are motivated and will strive to make your sessions as creative as possible.
Ask to see some of the programs they have designed client’s in the past – All personal trainers should plan your training session and the training sessions that you may do on your own when you are not seeing your trainer. If your training session is not planned then they are just making it up as they go along. Is that something you want to pay your hard earned money on?
Find out what you will receive from the trainer you are looking to hire – Are you just going to get a training session with the trainer for an hour and hear nothing from them until you session the following week? For me personal training means exactly that. In order to get maximum results the trainer should do a lot more work away from the hour or so they spend with you a week. They need to be looking at your nutritional food plans as this is a huge part of anyone getting into shape. However, if they are not qualified to go through the nutrition properly, they should give you details of a nutritionist that can help you out with eating the right foods. Constant guidance should be given also to help keep you on track. You should feel that you are able to contact your trainer or they contact you even on a day that you are not training to make sure you remain on track.
Is the trainer someone that keeps all of your information confidential? – This may not be at the top of most peoples list of things to check when investing in a trainer. However, trainers gather a lot of information about you as a client such as measurements etc. Over the space of months/years with a trainer you do get to know each other quite a lot and the trainer should be someone you can trust with this information. Giving trust to someone you do not know to begin with can be hard. Although, if you feel that this requirement is of big importance to you, you can get a confidentiality agreement drawn up for the trainer to sign. I think this is an agreement that any trainer should be more than happy to sign.
Your first session with your trainer should be an assessment session (more assessment sessions could be needed dependant on the individual – injuries etc.) – The session should include postural analysis, fitness and strength tests, health tests (blood pressure, heart rate tests etc.) among others. If you don’t have at least 1 assessment session with your trainer, how do they know where you are at physically to be able to design a specific training plan for you? If it is straight into a training session aimed at pushing you hard, then it has become a fitness training session, not a ‘personal’ training session.
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