Choosing the right personal trainer is like picking the right car. You don’t just walk into any auto lot and drive off in the first shiny one you see—you want to know how many miles that baby has on it and what awards and accreditations it has. So why would you walk into just any gym and pick the first person with nice muscles to help you get into gear?
Starting your fitness journey with a trainer can be one of the best decisions of your life, it’s been proven that there is an 80% greater chance of getting results with a trainer than if you try to do it by yourself. But it can also be a very stressful decision when you don’t know what you’re looking for in a trainer. There are a few key things to look for when you’re feeling out a new trainer, so make sure you have your bases covered.
What do you look for in a trainer?
First and foremost, not all certifications were built the same. The same way you wouldn’t go to a Dentist to get your heart checked, you don’t go to just any trainer to put you on the right path. Ask about the certifications and if they have and if they have any specialized certifications (examples below). Having experience to back their education is key, get a feel for how long they’ve been training for and why they choose this job.
Along with a good education, a good trainer takes the time to understand who you are, how you live your life, and why you’ve set the goals you have. They teach you how to warm up and cool down, train the right way, recover properly, understand the mechanics of movement, and how to eat right.
What do you watch out for in a trainer?
As a good personal trainer you understand that not every workout was created equal, so your training shouldn’t be the same as everyone else they’re training. Your workout programming should reflect your personal goals which you and your trainer have discussed. Some trainers who aren’t educated well enough tend to think that the same programming they’re following (because it works for them), will work for everyone else.
Do you even need a trainer?
All individuals work out differently, and sometimes they discover that having a trainer isn’t the right fit. More often than not, whether you’re just starting out on your journey, or you’ve set a new goal, having a trainer there will only help you start off on the right foot. A trainer is a great resource to learn from, grow with, and ultimately be there to hold you accountable to the goals you’ve set.
Last but not least, do you like them?
But seriously, do you get along? This is someone you’re about to open up to about your insecurities and your goals. Having someone by your side who knows the best way to motivate you will set you up for success.
Here at TriFIT wellness we take a holistic approach to fitness which incorporates workouts for people at any level in their fitness journey. In our new client assessment, we will meet with you to identify goals, discuss your current level of physical ability, any medical conditions or past/present injuries, and nutrition.