From the chain gyms to the boutiques, there is no shortage of personal trainers here in Reno. If you’re struggling with consistency, motivation or plain inexperience – or you’re finally ready to see some progress for a change – and you’ve decided a personal trainer is a smart move, how do you know when you’ve found a good one? Start with these three tips.
1. The necessary training and certifications
A certified personal trainer is just that – certified. A personal trainer should be comfortable sharing details about their education and training. A field-related degree, such as nutrition, exercise science, physical education or kinesiology is a good sign, and a nationally recognized certification such as ACE, ACSM, NASM or COOPER lets you know that you’re dealing with someone who is qualified. Special certifications in pain-related care, clinical or special population are another good sign.
2. Walking the walk – or just talking the talk?
Does your personal trainer look the part? Don’t discount this as a shallow viewpoint. A trainer who lives a healthy and positive lifestyle is a walking, talking example of his or her own enthusiasm and passion for health and fitness – you can’t fake the benefits of consistent exercise and quality nutrition. This can be more important than any degree or certification, so take careful note of how closely aligned a personal trainer’s actions and words are. It will speak volumes.
3. A busy trainer is usually a good trainer
Consider how busy your trainer is. What kind of client load do they have? Do they maintain just a handful of clients, or are they seeing people back to back? One isn’t necessarily better than the other, but keep in mind that effective personal trainers are usually in high demand.
Above all, find someone with a personality that aligns well with yours. If the drill sergeant approach turns you off, and you find yourself motivated by someone who is high energy and enthusiastic, keep that in mind as you shop personal trainers. Remember, a personal trainer should be happy to schedule a consultation with you up front so that you’re both clear about expectations before the work begins.
Interested in learning more? Contact us today, and let us show you our approach to personal training.