Part II: How to Choose a Personal Trainer

Part II in our two part instalment by Dimitra Moscha on choosing your personal trainer.

Research shows 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, the second half in our series; will help you to choose the best one for you and get the most of this collaboration.

Step 6. Dealing with health issues and injuries.

Training with someone who specializes in weight loss while you want to get volume probably will not give you the best results but will not harm you either. However if you have a health issue or an injury and the trainer does not know what to avoid and what to do, then you may be in trouble. Your trainer should be capable of adjusting your sessions around your injuries or health issues, as should always correct you if you are doing an exercise wrong and advise you what to do to prevent any injuries.

Step 7. Track progress.

Your personal trainer should make personalized training programs based on your goals and fitness level. If you catch your trainer repeating the same routine with many other clients, then maybe his or her knowledge is limited. He or she should also track your progress to see and show you the results of your work. This track should include anthropometric measurements (body weight, body fat etc) and some fitness tests if your goal is to improve in a specific area like flexibility or running faster or for longer. Make sure that there is a short-term and long-term plan and that there is proof of your path getting closer to your target.

Step 8. Being Updated.

Most of the personal trainers who have a lot of experience, they probably know what works and what doesn’t and they also know what suits them and what not too much. However is good that they keep their knowledge updated, following the fitness trends and the researches. Your trainer should be able to tell you about a variety of training styles and give you the advantages and drawbacks of each, according to his or her opinion. If your trainer pretends that already knows everything, doesn’t believe to the need to expand his or her knowledge and can not give you adequate reasons for supporting one style and avoiding another one, then it is probably a good idea to start questioning his or her professionalism. 

Step 9. The cost.

A good idea would be first to work out what would be the amount you would be willing to pay monthly for your sessions. Find out what is the average rates in your area and then find out how much the trainer you have chosen charges. Most of the trainers have different packs depending on the sessions you will do per month, the duration and even the time. Go for the option that seems reasonable to you, having in mind that personal training is not only about your fitness but it is also about your health. Some times paying a personal trainer will help you prevent or even fight some health issues or injuries reducing the visits to the doctors and the money you may spend in medicine.

Step 10. Your part.

As soon as you sign up for personal training you must understand that you have made a commitment for a new relationship in your life. You have to remember that the trainer is not a magician and does not have special powers. It is a team effort and this is the only way to achieve your results. You must be consistent with your sessions and work out hard in every single one of them. Follow your trainer’s guidance and when you don’t, be honest and admit it. Honesty plays a big role in this relationship too.