How to Find a Fitness Trainer That's Right for YOUFor those of you who are frequent gym goers it’s no surprise that January to March is the busiest time of the year at the gym. This time of year brings with it a slew of people vowing to make healthier changes to their lifestyle. Are you one of these people? If so, first I want to say congratulations for taking the first step! Secondly I want to ask, how is it going for you so far? Are you new to exercise, feeling overwhelmed with information and just don’t know how to get started? Or perhaps you’ve been exercising on your own and just aren’t getting the results you want or are having a hard time staying consistent and need that extra motivation. Whatever it may be, if you are serious about making healthy lifestyle changes then hiring a fitness professional is an excellent investment in your health. If you are tired of trying and failing it’s time to ask for help so you can feel your best in the shortest time possible. Check out these qualities to look for when searching for your fitness trainer:
All fitness professionals must be certified by an accredited organization and are required to take yearly education credits to not only stay current on fitness research and trends but also stay certified. Your trainer should also have a current CPR/First Aid certification and liability insurance. If you want someone with a deeper understanding of the human body don’t be afraid to ask for a trainer with a college or university degree. Your trainer should also be able to readily show you proof of their degree and/or current certifications.
Someone with many years of experience is most likely going to have a specialty niche or experience working with a variety of clientele. If you have a special condition you may want to look for a trainer who has experience working with that ailment and type of clientele.
Ask yourself these 3 questions: (1) Is the trainer fit? Do they walk the talk? (2) Can the trainer provide you with referrals and/or before and after photos of recent clients? (3) Are you getting results? If you’ve been working consistently with your trainer for 3 months and haven’t seen any results then you may want to consider finding another trainer.
Every trainer should design an individualized training program based on your detailed fitness and lifestyle questionnaire, goals, availability and the results of your initial fitness assessment. Your program should be based on the sport or event you wish to train for, not the activities that your trainer enjoys. Your trainer should also have lots of different exercises at their disposal to avoid training plateaus and boredom.
Exercising should be enjoyable and your trainer should be passionate about helping you reach your goals. If you don’t feel comfortable with your trainer then find someone else you ‘click’ with.
It’s a trainer’s responsibility to provide you with their undivided attention and to be actively engaged in your sessions, after all, you’re paying for them to be there. They should be continuously observing you exercise, making sure you’re technique is flawless.
Bottom line, it’s never too late to ask for help, and you shouldn’t feel ashamed in doing so, many trainers even use trainers! You only have one body so it’s imperative that you take care of it. Personal trainers are experts in fitness and enjoy helping others get started, stay motivated and break through training plateaus.
Posted on March 11, 2013