If you are considering taking your fitness to a new level you might have thought about working with a personal trainer. It can be an incredibly rewarding experience having someone who can help you to improve your form and keep you motivated to achieve your goals. No matter how experienced you are or how fit you feel, we can all benefit from the help of someone to help you to change up your normal routine and check up on your technique. However, finding the right personal trainer can be a difficult task. Here are our tips for finding the best personal trainer for you:
Tips for finding the best personal trainer
Ask About Credentials
Don’t be afraid to ask about what qualifications your potential personal trainer has. This is particularly important if you are looking to meet specific goals, work on specific training techniques, such as Olympic Lifting, or need help during pregnancy, post-pregnancy, or post-injury. You can often tell from qualifications what areas your trainer is experienced in or has a passion for and this can help you to find a trainer that will be able to help you achieve your goals.
Do Your Research
Similar to the above point, make sure that you do your research on the trainer themselves. Ask other people who work with them or look up their reviews for some insight into how they work and how they treat their clients. You should also get to know them a bit because you need to know if the two of you click – you do not want to workout several times a week with someone who you don’t get along with. If you like to gossip or vent during sessions, make sure that your trainer doesn’t prefer silence (and vice versa!).
Find Out Their Philosophy
It is worth asking your potential trainer about their philosophy towards training. Are they a hands-on trainer who likes to keep in touch about your goals and progress while you work, or do they prefer to let you lay those boundaries? Do they design programs based in the gym, or will some of them be outside? Do they prefer machine-based workouts, or will they mainly involve little to no equipment? This is particularly important if you know how you like to work out because if their philosophy sounds very different to what you enjoy doing, they might not be the right fit for you.
Availability And Location
If you are looking to have a consistent workout schedule, you should probably ask the trainer about their schedule before you commit to them. Ask not just if they have availability, but how much – and find out if you will be keeping the same slot every week or if they like to book weekly. The same is also true of location – will you be training in the same place every time, will they come to you or do you go to them, are you in a gym or a sports field? All of this information is important for you to figure out what will work for you and your schedule.
The most vital aspect that you need to keep in mind when looking for a personal trainer is that it will all depend on your fitness goals and how you get along with them. Don’t be scared to do your research and ask questions. They won’t be offended – they will know that you are taking your fitness journey seriously.
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