Well done!!! You’ve decided to take the next step on your fitness journey and work with a professional who can help you reach your health and wellness goals. We all know that the support of a personal trainer to keep you more motivated and accountable is often priceless when it comes to weekly workouts. Trainers are also great at maximizing your time at the gym, helping you prevent injury and see more consistent results.
But…How do you choose the right trainer?
We’re here to help you make a sound investment in your future fitness success and avoid throwing money out the window on something that doesn’t work.
There are some basic things to look out for when choosing your trainer:
1. Credentials: This ensures they’ve met certain standards of professionalism and competence from a trustworthy organization.
2. Experience: Nothing beats experience. Trainers who have been doing this for years know exactly what works and what doesn’t, what things to pick up on and what cues to provide you so you get the most out of your training. Unless you’re okay with playing guinea pig, it might be best to resist the urge to cut a deal with a freshly-certified trainer in favor of one who has some previous experience.
3. Specialties: Are you wanting to get fit for sport? Do you want to build strength and muscle? Do you want to run a marathon in a better time or run your first 10k? Are you after weight loss? Core strength for back pain? Whatever your goal is, there are areas that trainers specialise in more than others and that means they are usually better at getting you results those specific area. Look carefully at what the trainers say are their areas of speciality and what their clients say are the results they got from working with them
4. Personality: What motivates you? Some people do well with positive reinforcement peppered with cheerleading, while others like to get screamed at and scared into doing a few extra squats. Either way, talk to the trainer and get a feel for her style to see if it jives with what works for you.
5. Cost: Before you begin your hunt, sit down and think about your budget. A great way to save money and still train with the best Trainers, is to buy packages. Packages often offer discounts for paying everything upfront. Cost will often vary due to a 3 main factors:
Years of experience and quality of product- the more years a trainer has been working the more they tend to charge, up to a limit. Always look at how many years a trainer has been training for, like they say, “experience does count!”.
Type of education and/or specialization- trainers who have extended their education with additional certificates or even university degrees may charge more for their expertise. Always look into a trainers educational background and their specialization when judging their costs.
Demand-Good trainers are often full trainers. Full trainers are often able to charge maximally for their services so keep this in mind when you see variations in Trainer costs
6. Location means not just the suburb you choose your trainer in but also the exact location e.g. home, gym or outdoors.
Making exercise a part of life means finding something you love doing, in a location that minimizes barriers and maximizes motivators.
If you are so short on time that you literally looking to squeeze a 30-45min session in between cleaning the kitchen and racing out to do the shopping, then having a trainer come to you or train in park right near you may be the best option.
If you enjoy the variety and energy of gyms, then maybe finding a trainer that you can train with at your local gym once a week and a do a few classes or independent sessions on the other nights may be your best option. See table below:
7. Testimonials: Read your trainers testimonials and if their clients are writing that they received results similar to the ones you’re looking for then you may be onto something. Good trainers will happy to share success stories, testimonials and references.
Above all else, trust in your instincts. If you train with a trainer and it just doesn’t feel right...let’s call it ‘chemistry’, then try another one, till you find the right fit. The Tzemach Tzedek, in his sefer Meah She’arim, says “the root of shidduchim is in the hidden world.” Thank G-d ‘Find a Trainer’ is here to try make this shidduch a little easier!
Happy training! 😉