Thinking about hiring a personal trainer?
Here’s nine things to consider when making your choice:
1. Personality – This will be a personal relationship and it is important that you gel with your trainer. You’ll be working closely and there needs to be a personality match for it to be successful.
2. Experience level – While there is nothing wrong with a newer personal trainer, you will be more certain of what you’re going to get from a more experienced trainer. They might cost a bit more, but you’re paying for that experience and accumulated knowledge.
3. Focus – The last thing you want is a personal trainer that spends more time looking at their phone than they spend looking at you. The ability to maintain focused and engaged throughout the whole session should be a bare minimum.
4. Price – Price is important for most people when making a buying decision. Of course, you don’t want to overspend, but you are likely to get what you pay for. Sometimes paying more for a higher quality trainer will bring you better results, which is ultimately what you’re paying for. Don’t fall into the ‘cheaper is better’ trap.
5. Matching your goals – Not every personal trainer will be the right fit for your goals. Some specialise in weight loss, athletic performance, body builder, etc. It’s best to find a trainer who’s training style aligns with what you would like to achieve.
6. Motivation style – How do you best respond to being motivated? Some people like the army sergeant drill master style of trainer, while others prefer the arm around the shoulder, more comforting style. You want to work with someone who you enjoy going to see – if they make your life a misery, you probably won’t keep going for long!
7. Empathy – Some people come into the fitness industry as athletes, or because they were always sporty. That’s fine and inspirational, but sometimes they lack empathy with average people and their lifestyle. For example, a 22-year-old might not understand the lifestyle of a middle-aged mother of three. Someone who has empathy for you and your situation will be a better fit for you.
8. Excitement – A good trainer should be excited to work with you, and fully engaged with you when you arrive for your session. Nobody likes to feel like they’re on a conveyor belt of people getting a half-baked service. Look for a trainer who seems like they’re genuinely enjoying working with you and you’ll likely have a better experience.
9. Convenience – Finally, choose a trainer who is close to your location and available at a time that suits you. You want to be able to easily attend your training sessions. If you’re having to go too far out of your way there’s an increased likelihood of you missing sessions and not seeing the results you’re hoping for.