It’s not hard to see why group fitness classes are so appealing. The high energy levels, lively instructors, and the motivational support of group dynamic. Really gets the blood pumping!
However, some people might not be able to make the most out of a group fitness program. For people with hectic schedules or unique fitness needs, group fitness classes might not be the right fit.
For those people, a better alternative would be to take advantage or the services of a personal trainer. A personal trainer will be able to adapt to any desired fitness goal or medical need and can be available on a flexible schedule.
Choosing a PT is harder than picking a group class. You’ll be spending more money per session on a personal trainer, so you’ll also need to pick someone whose personality and style vibe well with yours. Here’s what you need to know to get the best trainer for your needs.
1. Your Choice Should Fit Your Fitness Goals
Before you start looking for a personal trainer, you need to have an idea of what your goals are. Are you working out to lose weight for health? Or perhaps you’re bulking up to look good for the beach? Or maybe you’re training for a marathon coming up in a few months?
Every trainer will have certain specialties, and getting a trainer who specializes in a service that aligns with your goals will definitely be beneficial.
Try Out Training Programs And Look For A Trainer Who Specializes In Them
Cross training, yoga, and other fitness styles and training philosophies are all the rage now, and many people swear by their effectiveness. Read up on them and attend some trial classes. If you find a style that you like, look for a personal trainer who specializes or is certified in that style.
2. Their Personality And Training Style Should Suit You
Some people want a friendly helping hand who simply corrects their form and is constantly encouraging and motivational. Others want a drill sergeant who yells and screams until that last rep is achieved.
Whether the teaching style you want is compatible with the style that your trainer uses should be a major factor in your decision, or else the two of you might end up clashing, and not getting the results you want.
Their Availability And Schedule Should Line Up With Yours
You could have the best personal trainer in the world, but if they have too many clients and you can’t get a workout in, then you won’t be able to reap the benefits of training as often as you should.
Of course, this is a two-way street—when you commit to a schedule of availability, make sure that you don’t make excuses and that you’re always punctual.
They Should Be In Your Budget
The average cost of a personal trainer is around $50 an hour. That’s about the monthly cost of your average gym memberships, so it’s definitely no small investment. Make sure to choose a personal trainer who is within your budget, as that will determine how often you get to see them!
They Should Be Capable Of Giving You A Program Based On Your Needs
After you get your initial consultation with a trainer, they should be able to give you a program that might suit your needs and goals. They should also be able to advise against certain exercises based on your fitness levels or any medical conditions.
This is the kind of knowledge that you can only get with a combination of experience working with diverse clients, and plenty of in-depth study into sports science and fitness. Physical trainers can’t just ‘feel it out’ when training their clients; they’re dealing with their clients’ health and safety, and so they need to be confident in providing safe and effective advice.
3. Questions To Ask Before Closing The Deal With A New Trainer
So you’ve followed the above advice and created a shortlist of prospective PTs. Now, you need to ask the right questions to ensure that whoever you pick really is the right choice. Let’s have a look at some important questions you need to ask before choosing.
Where do you get your information about fitness?
Not every source of fitness information out there is equally reliable. A published book or certified video course, for example, is almost certainly more reliable and reputable than a celebrity fitness instructor without any credentials. That’s not to disparage celebrities who are trying to market a particular brand of fitness, but oftentimes that’s just what it is—marketing.
The answer to this question will show how devoted your personal trainer is when it comes to delivering the right, science-backed advice and training. You’re going to be relying on your trainer for your health, so they can’t just be peddling the advice of some random Instagram influencer.
What’s the last thing you did to advance your studies of fitness?
By asking this question on the spot, you get an idea of how frequently they update themselves. Did they read a new book just last month, or attend a conference in the last couple of weeks? Or was their last update a paper they read three years ago?
What do you offer that other trainers don’t?
This is their chance to sell themselves and really show you what they have in store. They’ll tell you about all their relevant experience, and whether they’ve handled clients who have similar needs, and what their outcomes were. Use their answers to determine if they’ll be able to help you achieve your goals.
Can I talk to your past or current clients who’ve had similar goals as mine?
A good trainer won’t be reluctant at all to direct you to people who can give feedback about their training methods and effectiveness. This is a big step to figuring out how well your prospective trainer works.