6 Easy Steps To Picking A Personal Trainer
While my primary focus is on food and nutrition, exercise is a very important part of living a Positively Healthy life. So if you’re looking for a personal trainer, make sure you take the time to ensure you’re making the right choice – a good relationship with your personal trainer can make all the difference.
A personal trainer can be key to meeting your body composition goals, whether it’s to lose weight, or bulk up. Trainers can help you get in tune with your body, exercise effectively and safely, and enjoy the process of reaching those goals. Here’s six steps to help you find the right trainer for you.
1. Identify Your Needs
Your personal goals are what drive your training program. They can all help you build lean muscle mass, but if your goals of weight loss versus preparing for sports competitions require different approaches and some trainers may specialize in different areas.
2. Pick Your Location
Most major help clubs have personal trainers on staff. Others may work independently out of their own studio, come to your home, or with small private gyms. If you’re not already a member of a gym, visit several and ask for a tour, politely ignoring any sales pitch as best you can, to help decide if any of them have the right environment for you. Many clubs also give short trial-memberships.
3. Find Prospects
If you’re already a member of a gym, they probably already have a number of personal trainers available. Watch some of them as they work with clients, chat with them a bit. Many clubs run frequent promotions where you can get a free trial session with a trainer. Outside of a gym setting check in local newspapers, ask friends and co-workers or even your doctor for a recommendation. Another source for recommendations may be your local vitamin/supplement stores.
4. Conduct Interviews
Once you have some likely prospects, arrange a time to talk to each one. Ask about their certifications, experience, specialties, how they usually work with their client, what their schedule is like and costs. Personality is important too. You’ll be spending a lot of time working with this person, you need to feel comfortable with them.
5. Be Realistic About Costs
Costs for one-on-one training can vary greatly depending on many different factors, but experience is a big one. In other words, you often get what you pay for. You’re much better off having fewer sessions with an experienced, competent trainer than compromising on quality to save a few bucks. To save money, find a program that will let you do some things on your own in between less frequent training sessions.
6. Make a Decision
Once you’ve narrowed it down to your top picks, work out your budget and schedule. The personal trainer can help you set some realistic goals, then it’s up to you to make the commitment and invest your best effort.
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