So you’re in search of a personal trainer. Congratulations! You’ve decided to take action and put your health in your own hands. That first step is never the easiest to take. Now how do you find a trainer? There are so many trainers out there….how do you know who to pick?
The Most Important Thing….ASK QUESTIONS
Do not be afraid to ask questions. There are so many personal trainers out there and it ain’t cheap to hire one. Take your time in picking a trainer and meet with a few trainers to get a feel of what they do and whether or not it is a right fit. Do not simply go with your first option! When you shop for other things that are $$$, do you simply go with your first option or do you check around to see what other options you have?
ASK QUESTIONS. Lots of them. Yes, you should ask about how much it will cost but you should ask many other questions as well. This helps you clarify all of the questions and concerns you may have in your head but it will also help the trainer. It doesn’t hurt to ask questions. If the trainer seems offended or defensive when you ask them questions, that’s a red flag. Take note of that.
So what kind of questions should you ask?
- Ask to see the programs they have made for other clients
- Ask them how they go about their assessment process. What do they measure to see if you’re making progress?
- Ask them about past clients and whether they were able to help them achieve the goals they wanted to achieve
- Ask them about their credentials (certifications are not a be all, end all but they should have something)
- Ask them about their own experience with training. What are they currently doing? What have they done before? What are their goals?
- What is their own philosophy when it comes to training/health/fitness?
- What do they specialize in?
- Does their location and availability work for you?
- Check them out on social media (if they use it) and see what kind of things they’re posting up. Do you like what they’re doing? Do these things resonate with you?
A good trainer shouldn’t just be telling you WHAT to do. They should be explaining WHY you’re doing something. The trainer should be there to educate you. Above all, they should be teaching you to NOT need them. They should be asking you about your goals and finding out what it is you really want to achieve and get out of this investment.
Seriously, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It is your time and your money that you will be investing. You should clarify any doubts you may have from the start. As I mentioned above, if the trainer is defensive when it comes to you asking questions, move on. If they answer your questions with clarity and they genuinely care, you will feel it and you will know. But you won’t know if you don’t ask. Use the questions above when you’re looking for a trainer and take your time finding the right fit. You will find it!