Tips on Choosing a Personal Trainer
Personal trainers were once only for movie stars, but now they are available to almost everyone. There are many reasons to hire a personal trainer, but hiring a personal trainer can be a daunting process, especially if you’re not used exercising and working out.
Personal training should be a holistic, lifestyle approach to health and fitness, not just having someone make you run around for an hour. There is no guarantee that the most expensive trainer will be the best suited for you and your goals.
If you’re looking for a trainer, here are few things to consider in your selection process.
- Do lots of research and ask your family, friends and workmates for word of mouth recommendations.
- If possible, watch trainers train a few of their clients and see how they interact. See whether they have a ‘one size fits all’ exercise program for everyone that they train or whether they are paying enough attention to their clients.
- Personal trainers should be completely focused on their client, which means they should NEVER be talking or texting on the phone while they are working out with a client. Nor should they be eating, sipping a coffee, talking to other people or checking out the scenery.
- Make sure their registration and insurance are up to date – ask to see their certifications. All trainers should have insurance (with public liability and professional indemnity) and be registered with Fitness Australia. [Go to the Fitness Australia website to find out if your trainer is registered.]
- Your first meeting should ideally take the form of a consultation, not a full-on workout. The trainer should go through goals setting with you, as well as finding out your previous exercise and injuries history.
Take your time before you make your final choice. While professional credentials and experience are vital, you need to be able to trust, respect and feel comfortable with your personal trainer. Therefore, your personal relationship is an important factor in your success as you may be spending a lot of time with this person.