What should I consider when hiring a Personal Trainer? Well, that depends, on a lot of things. I would ask you, “what do you want to accomplish?” Do you want to lose weight? Are you training for an event? Do you have any significant injuries and have you completed physical therapy? Would you like to train at a gym or do you prefer in home personal training?
Is the trainer certified and by whom? There are literally dozens of certifications out there. Some require a considerable amount of studying and continuing education, while others can be completed in a weekend. I highly recommend a trainer who has a reputable certification that requires ongoing education to maintain that cert. Having said that, here are a few of the best ones out there:
- NASM National Academy Of Sports Medicine
- NSCA National Strength And Conditioning Association
- ACSM American College Of Sports Medicine
Ask them what they specialize in. If you are 60, and had a hip replacement you want a trainer who understands the correct exercises to strengthen that hip. You also want someone who is not going to ask you to perform a movement that will compromise the stability of your hip. On the other hand, maybe you are 25 and you want to get ripped and enter a bodybuilding competition. There are trainers who have this down to a science and know what you should eat, when you should eat it and the exercises that are most effective to get the “look” that wins competitions. Are you a cyclist, a tennis player or a man or woman that needs to lose 20 pounds? All of these situations require different approaches. You want to hire a Personal Trainer who has worked with someone like you.
Does the trainer train in a gym or do they come to you? There are advantages and disadvantages to both. If you like the idea of going to a gym where there are classes and lots of people around, a gym may be for you. Maybe you don’t have the space in your home to train. However, if you are a busy executive and you have the space in your home and maybe not the time to travel to and from a gym, one on one training in your home may make sense for you. Trainers who travel have all the equipment they need to give you a great workout.
Do they have testimonials or references they will provide? If they don’t have testimonials on their website, they should easily be able to provide references from current or past clients.
What is their training philosophy? What are some of their methods? Do they do a lot of functional training? Do they rely on machines? How important is nutrition and do they provide guidance in that area as well?
Cost. A qualified trainer is not cheap. You are paying for years of continual learning on their part and results for you. Some trainers charge for a package, others have an automatic debit every month for a maximum amount of sessions, whether you use them or not.
Hiring a Personal Trainer is an investment in you. If you have not been successful reaching whatever goals you have when it comes to your health, consider a trainer. Take the time to hire the right one and it will be money well spent.
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