Honestly, the road to fitness is not that easy most especially if you are not knowledgeable about diet, nutrition, and whatnots. That’s why it is recommended that you get help from a personal trainer if you are serious about changing your lifestyle.
The thing is, there are a lot of personal trainers and it seems quite of a challenge to pick the best one. Plus, there are people who claim to be ‘personal trainers’ but in reality, they are not. So the question is, how are you going to choose? What standards should you watch out for?
In this post, we will give you some pointers so you can easily select a personal trainer perfect for your needs.
We don’t want to make this list long, so we are going to summarize it to three.
Experience and certification
Your personal trainer should have enough experience and certification. Experience doesn’t mean they need to have a lot of clients. After all, what if they are just starting in the industry but their level of competency is at par with the ones who are already working for years? When we say experience, include their personal fitness journey.
It wouldn’t hurt if you interview them. After all, you are trusting them with your health. Ask them proper questions such as the following:
- ‘Can you tell me your fitness success stories?’
- ‘If you already have clients, what do they usually say about you?’
- ‘What are your certifications?’
Or if you want to see if you are a perfect fit, share your fitness goals as well. This is for the personal trainer to provide you a tailored fit program that will help you achieve your goals. If you see that the program sits well with all your objectives and if it makes a lot of sense, then give it a shot.
You can also do a background check. Social media is powerful and use that to your advantage. Just few clicks and you’d be able to see if the personal trainer has a lot of good reviews or has a good history. Ask around too!
Level of Comfort
Remember, you are going to spend a lot of time with your personal trainer. That means, you have to be comfortable with that person. Do you think you are comfortable for him or her to see you sweaty? Do you think you can freely share your feedback or honest opinion? Ask yourself these questions. If you think there’s a big wall between the two of you, then you can look for more options.
Having a personal trainer isn’t cheap. But that doesn’t mean that you need to spend half of your income for that. If you are not familiar with the professional fees and rates, you can ask people who already hired personal trainers and benchmark from there.
The last one in the list is availability. Check both of your schedules and see if you have a common time to train. In addition, you should also ask about the venue. Maybe you want your training to be at home but the personal trainer prefers outdoors or the gym. If one of you can adjust, then that’s good. But if not, then look for more.
It’s not enough that you have a personal trainer. What matters most is that your personal trainer fits your standards and that you can both work comfortably. Otherwise, you might face conflicts and end up not finishing the program and wasting money.