Finding the right personal trainer isn’t as simple as asking your fitness center who has the next opening, or asking your friends, or even looking online. To get the most out of your personal trainer – and the time, energy and resources invested – you need to find someone you connect with on more than one level. From priorities and expectations to personality and attitude, the best personal trainer will suit you in many ways. Here are three tips to getting the most out of your personal trainer.
1. Shop around and set up interviews
Look online, ask friends, and ask for recommendations at your gym or fitness studio to get started. Plan to spend a little time interviewing prospective trainers. And then, make sure to inquire about credentials, experience and philosophy. Ask for referrals, rates, and services, and pay attention to personal dynamics. Do you like this person? Do you find him or her motivating, friendly, personable, intimidating, or stand-offish? Can you see yourself spending time with him or her every week? You maya also inquire about the possibility of observing a session, which will tell you everything you need to know about a personal trainer’s instruction style.
2. Be clear about your goals
What is your intention with personal training? Whether it’s losing weight, improving performance or coming back from an energy, discuss it with your trainer. He or she is building a training plan to reach those goals, so understanding exactly what you’re shooting for is important. The process of designing your workout plan may involve initial assessment drills, or a period of training intended to build up a certain fitness base before tackling your specific goals. Still, it should be clear from the beginning that your trainer has a plan to get you from point A to point B.
3. Build your relationship
You can’t force it, but you should be open to building a strong working relationship through honesty and communication. Ideally, your trainer will bring out your best side, and you’ll want to work hard and improve. Whether you prefer hearing the mechanics of a certain exercise, or you just want to be told what to do, you should be clear about it. A good trainer will do what he or she can to accommodate your preferences. Asking yourself whether or not you’re better during your workouts – more focused, more efficient, more productive – with this trainer than you are on your own is a good indicator of a successful relationship.