The 1st day of the New Year brings about a whirlwind of new clients for personal trainers, however, there comes a 2nd busy season for personal trainers: when summertime comes.
It begins with the 1st warm weekend. Women bring out their shorts from the previous summer to find out they don’t fit anymore. After buying new shorts and looking for a new swimsuit, a woman might make the choice that something needs to change. The big shock happens when she can’t keep up on family adventures. She gets winded on hikes and needs to rest while everyone else keeps going. She gets so sore she can’t get out of bed following a day of mountain biking or rock climbing. She looks on as family and friends enjoys themselves and experiences feeling left out, since her body won’t let her join in. After she gets back home, she makes the choice to ask for assistance.
Where should she go for help? Hiring a personal trainer can be an annoying and complicated process. A lot of people seem to not know where to start. Some may join their local gym where you’re provided with a couple of sessions at no cost to start the process. At that time, you’re matched with the “trainer of the day” and provided with a workout that might exactly fit you and your goals. This may be enough for you to begin, but there are other alternatives. You can find a more individualized fitness experience by doing your homework in advance.
Compiling a List of Personal Trainers
The 1st step is to make a list of candidates. You can make this list in a couple of ways:
- Ask friends and family for referrals that have similar goals (and success!) are huge resources.
- Search Google. Search for “personal trainers” where you live. Find out who comes first and check any possible reviews. What does their website say about them? If you like what you’ve found, add them to the list.
- If you have joined a gym, look at the trainers as they work closely with other members. Do they stay focused on the member? Does the member and trainer have good rapport? Do they do the same workout all day with different members or do they appear to be matching the workout to the member?
- Search on fitness organization websites. IDEA FitnessConnect is nice for its custom search capabilities You will be able to choose from a large collection of certified fitness trainers with a plethora of specialties.
Contacting Personal Trainers
Now that you have compiled your list, begin by contacting the people on your list. Your list might be long in the beginning, but a plain phone call, text or email can help you eliminate some of your prospects:
- How long does it take them to get back to you? This can give you a clue of how receptive they’ll be to your requirements as a client.
- Do they offer a free consultation? A personal trainer should want to meet with you and go over your health history and fitness goals prior to you ever having to work with weights. If they want to go right to workouts without giving you an assessment, take them off your list.
Interviewing Personal Trainers
You should interview at least 2 to 3 different trainers before coming to a decision. A client-trainer relationship is particularly personal, and it is vital to make ensure the trainer you choose are a good match. Here is a list of possible questions to ask your personal trainer possibility:
- Do you have insurance? Every personal trainer should have some type of liability insurance. Safety should be priority number one, but accidents do occur even under the best circumstances.
- What does a common session look like? The trainer might not be able to provide you with particulars until your assessment, but they should should be able to paint a picture of an average session and the types of training (like kettlebells or free weights) they prefer to use with their clients.
- When are you available? It’s essential to be practical about your training plan. If you aren’t a morning person, don’t schedule morning sessions – even if you like the trainer.
- How much does is cost? While cost is an influence, it shouldn’t be a deciding one. Be practical about your budget, but you don’t have to go for the lower-cost trainer.
- Why would I hire you? Inquire about the personal trainer’s fitness ideology and what will make the experience unique. This is a perfect way to ensure your goals and the trainer’s practices are compatible.
- Is nutrition part of the sessions? Most personal trainers bill extra for nutritional assistance. Many don’t provide any nutritional support of any kind. Your fitness plan needs to include fundamental education on nutrition to back your training goals.
Doing some homework in advance will ensure your personal training a much more positive and successful experience.
- “How to Find the Best Personal Trainer for You.” U.S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report, health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2014/07/18/how-to-find-the-best-personal-trainer-for-you.