A personal trainer is a great way to commit to your health and fitness goals. You’ll be able to progress efficiently while minimizing risk of injury, and you’ll stay on track and motivated. If you’re considering going the personal trainer route yourself, that’s great news. But it’s worth your time to do a bit of homework before you splash out on the first trainer to cross your path. After all, not all personal trainers are created equal, and the difference between a good trainer and a not-so-good trainer will be readily apparent in the results you’re hoping to achieve. Here’s how to find a personal trainer in 10 easy steps.
10 Easy Steps to Finding a Personal Trainer
- Start with their credentials. This is a no-brainer, as anyone calling themselves a personal trainer must have a certification to prove it. It shows that they’ve passed an exam with an accredited organization and have demonstrated certain standards of both competence and professionalism.
- Then ask about their experience. You want to know how long they’ve been training clients – ten years? Ten months? Ten days? New trainers aren’t always a bad sign, but be clear that what you’re getting in enthusiasm and excitement is almost certainly making up for general inexperience in the client-trainer dynamic.
- Take note of their personality. This is an entirely personal preference, but spend some time determining what you find motivating. Do you want someone who will take a drill sergeant role with you? Do you prefer a chummy relationship with your trainer? It’s important to find someone who has a suitable personality.
- Inquire about specialties. Someone trainers specialize in honing physiques for a specific date – a figure competition, for example – while others can get you ready for your first 5k. Some trainers can help you develop specific skill sets for sports, while others take a cross-training approach. Ask a potential trainer if they specialize in anything particular, and see if their reply meshes with your goals.
- Ask about their fitness philosophy. The answer, again, will be acceptable or not based on personal preference. But any trainer worth their salt should be able to explain how their philosophy.
- Ask about pricing. Depending on credentials, location, and experience, costs can fluctuate wildly. Have a ballpark number in mind, and don’t be afraid to ask for discounts if you buy in bulk or if group training sessions are a possibility.
- Ask about scheduling. Schedules that just don’t line up can be a deal breaker. If you need to train early in the morning, make sure that works for your potential trainer. Be sure to ask about policies on missed, canceled and make-up appointments, too.
- Ask about location. Here at Framework Personal Training, our personal trainers train their clients in our private gym on Lakeside Drive. Will you be meeting your new trainer at a gym? In the park? At their or your home gym? There are lots of trainers out there, so make sure to ask where they typically train their clients.
- Ask how progress will be assessed. You should expect a fitness plan to be created just for you, but that’s not all. How is your trainer planning on tracking your progress? Benchmarks are an important way to help you stay motivated and on track, so expect a clear answer to this question.
- Check out their reputation. Ask for references, but do a little sleuthing online too. Social media accounts and independent review pages can offer really great insight.
It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed in the beginning. But it really is worth your time now to find the right trainer. And you can start right here. We have a great selection of trainers here at Framework, and we’re happy to answer your questions, and show you our private facility. Contact us now.