How to Choose a Personal Trainer

You have just joined the gym but you have no idea what to do. You have been training for a while now but you repeat the same exercises,  and now, not only do they seem boring but also you don’t see any significant changes on your body. You don’t like the gym environment but the only thing you know how to do is running and you feel this is not enough.. If any of the above apply to you, then maybe it is time to look for a personal trainer. Researches show that working with a personal trainer not only help you achieve your fitness goals safely and quicker but also help you stick to an exercise routine and make fitness part of your life.

The question though is, with so many personal trainers out there, where does one begin when it come to finding a trainer? Maybe the following steps will help you choose the best one for you and get the most of this collaboration.

Step1. Don’t let the personal trainer to choose you, choose them.

Most of the times when you join a gym one or more of the personal trainers will come to speak to you and probably offer you a free trial. There is nothing wrong about it. However if you think that after the trial you will feel obligated to join them, it would be wise before having a trial to first spend a few days in the gym. 

Step2. Observe.

Ask to learn about all the personal trainers. Usually, an information board should be somewhere in the gym with their pictures and names. Sometimes some faces will click more to you than others. Try to look for them in the space and see how they behave, how they train their clients and if they could inspire you.

For those who want to train outside a studio or a gym, try the word of mouth crosschecking with some Google searching. A personal trainer with a website or a social page would be an advantage for you for sure.

Step 3. Get the information.

Try to learn more about their background. Are they credentialed? Every country has its own standards and certifying agencies (for ex. REPs in UK, NCCA in USA). However always a University or even a Masters Degree (exercise science, biomechanics, kinesiology) is an extra that you should appreciate.

Step 4. Experience.

What kind and how much experience do they have? Do they look busy? (Although if they just joined the gym you are going, this indicator would not be the best one). Usually you will be able to see on their profile when did they start working as personal trainers, and this can be your first clue. Two years of experience should be a good start. Having a website where you can see some testimonies will probably be something extra to look for. And do not forget to ask what kind of experience they have.

Step 5. Specialization.

Do they specialize in any training styles or with people who have the same fitness goals as you? Some trainers have a great experience in weight loss, others in bodybuilding, others in rehabilitation and more. If you have specific goals (take part in a marathon for a first time, conquering a handstand and do the splits or lifting the barbell like a pro) you might want to look for a trainer who can definitely show you the right way.

The next 5 steps and possibly the most important will be published on the 13th November, Just in time for your New Year’s Resolutions. Why wait until January 1st though. Why not just take the plunge and jump right in with a trainer.