We all know that personal trainers used to be just for the rich and insanely wealthy. Now, like many other personal services, a personal trainer is now in the reach of most people’s budgets. Not only are the services affordable, but many of you have realized the benefit of the additional support in regards to your fitness goals – be it to lose weight, build muscle, or stay on your workout program.
Just because the services are affordable, however, does not mean that you do not have to exercise good judgment in choosing the trainer that is just right for you.
In that spirit, here are 3 things to consider when choosing the right personal trainer.
1. Your Personal Goals.
If your goal is to lose your post-baby weight, then it does you no good to sign up with a trainer who is not used to training new moms. Similarly, if you are working toward a specific fitness goal, such as completing a marathon, you will want a trainer who knows about running (preferably one who also has run a marathon). You would be surprised how many trainers do not run. So, do your homework and see if your goals match the specialties of the trainers you’re considering.
2. Your Budget.
Once you have identified personal trainers who can help you achieve your goals, you need to see which of them, based on the price of their services, fit in your budget. One-on-one sessions tend to be more expensive and many trainers give a discount for signing up for a specific number of sessions. You may also want to train with a friend or two for a lower cost. This way, you do not have to pay as much, you get to workout with your friends, and the trainer gets a bonus by having more clients. This is a win-win for both you and the trainer.
3. Your Personality.
Finally, remember your personality and how it may or may not clash with your trainer. If your trainer is more of an “in your face” drill sergeant, you may feel that is not how you want to be trained. Your idea of training may be totally different. Again, know what your prospective trainer is like and how to plan on training you so that you can get an accurate idea of what the next 6, 12, or 16 weeks would be like with this person.
When looking at trainers there are many things to consider, however, always remember that if things are not working out between you and your trainer, talk to him or her and see if you can negotiate a solution to the problem.
As personal trainers, we do what we do because we like to help people, we enjoy what we do, and we want to see our clients succeed. There is no greater pleasure than that in what we do. Since we are here to help you, remember to help yourself by making the best choice possible when you choose your trainer.