It’s time, after years of sifting through the dingy back alleys of bodybuilding websites, cutting out pages of Men’s health, downloading B level apps with horrible videos depicting models that don’t actually work out you’ve decided to get yourself a personal trainer.
A qualified professional who has spent time developing their craft and is ready to help you reach your goals both in and out of the gym. They have a wealth of knowledge on anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and a touch of psychology. Exactly what you need, but now that you are ready for your fitness saviour, how do you go about finding them?
That’s why we’re here! We’ve run down 4 important aspects to picking a trainer.
We are big fans of self-directed learning and firmly believe that time spent hands on is the most valuable education a coach can have but it is important to ask questions about
your coach and their education. Formal schooling? Courses? Internships? It shows they value the craft and are willing to invest in their own development.
Nothing beats experience. What is your goal and has that coached work with that kind of clientele? Every coach has a different specialty, we work with primarily high performers, athletes and those who appreciate that lifestyle approach. Weight loss clients are not our area of expertise, and it’s often better we refer those clients to someone else. Find a coach that is comfortable and familiar with your specific goals and has had success with similar individuals in the past.
Do you get along well? Did you enjoy your meeting with them? Your session? We listen to people we like. If it’s not an enjoyable session you won’t want to go back. Go with your gut, you have thousands of nerve endings there for a reason. Hopefully, the trainer will offer a complimentary session or goal assessment, use this to gauge compatibility and don’t be afraid to look around.
This point is a deal breaker! Did your trainer take time to run through an assessment and determine what physical areas need addressed? Did they discuss your goals and motivation for being in the gym? If not, there is no specificity to the program and they are merely guessing.