Finding a personal trainer isn’t hard. Finding one that’s good is.
So to help you find a personal trainer that’s actually going to work for you, we’ve put together a list of things that you should look for.
First and foremost you’re going to need someone who has the knowledge and know-how to help you achieve your goals. And you aren’t going to receive that from someone who has no education in personal training!
Don’t just assume that because they work at your gym, they have all the necessary qualifications. You should always check that they have a certification from a reputable body before hiring.
If it’s your first time at a gym or with a personal trainer then there’s probably quite a lot of work to be done to reach your goal. And it isn’t all going to happen at once.
You need to learn how to correctly use equipment, mix up your exercises and improve you stamina, all of which takes time.
If your personal trainer is impatient then it won’t be an enjoyable experience. They should be able to find a comfortable pace for you to work at, and then gradually improve it. They shouldn’t just throw you in the deep end.
You’re going to be learning a lot with your personal trainer, and that doesn’t just include one on one time with them.
You’re going to need to eat well too, and you don’t expect them to join you on your big shop do you?
Your PT should be able to clearly communicate things to you over the phone, on paper and in person. If they can’t, then there’s a good chance you’ll misunderstand and make a mistake.
As with anything, cost is going to be a huge factor in your decision. If you’re on a budget, then gym trainers are usually the best route. They tend to offer different packages for varying levels and budgets.
A private trainer however may charge significantly more.
Keep this in mind when you’re searching for your PT.
And lastly, you want to be comfortable with your personal trainer. You’ll be spending plenty of time with them as you work up a sweat, and you wouldn’t want to do that with someone you aren’t comfortable around.
Get to know them before hiring. If you immediately feel at ease then you’ve got a keeper!