5 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Personal Trainer

By Blaine Podaima

Hiring a personal trainer can dramatically increase your chances of success of reaching your health, fitness, and weight loss goals.  However not all personal trainers are created equal and not all personal trainers are a good fit for all people.  One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is randomly pick any old personal trainer and hope for the best.

Choosing the right personal trainer for you can be one of the most rewarding and life changing experiences of your life.   Choosing the wrong personal trainer could leave you frustrated, upset, and even worse result in injury.

It is difficult what to know to look for in a personal trainer if you are not in the industry.  I have been a personal trainer for over 20 years and I have a pretty good idea on what you should be looking for to find the best personal trainer for you.

  1. What is their area of specialization?

    You want a personal trainer that specializes in working with people that are exactly like you. It requires a different skillset, knowledge, and experience to train someone over 40, out of shape, with multiple injuries, health conditions, and time constraints than it is to work with younger athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness competitors.
  2. How much experience do they have?

    You want a personal trainer that has at least 10,000 hours of training under their belt. They say it takes 10,000 hours of practicing a skill to be considered an expert, and personal training is the same, as many situations call on various solutions.
     
  3. What is their mode of training? Is it individualized or group classes? What is their instructor-to-client ratio?

    You want a personal trainer that uses free weights as their primary mode of training. Free weight training is the most effective form of exercise for optimal results and safety. This is why professional athletes and fitness competitors who want to look and perform their best use free weights as their primary mode of training.

    You want a personal trainer who custom-makes exercise programs specifically for you. Everyone has different goals, abilities, injuries, and conditions. It is challenging, if not impossible, to train a large group of people with different goals, various levels of fitness abilities, injuries, and conditions at the same time optimally and safely.

    When training, except in certain situations, you should never have a client-to-trainer ratio of more than 2:1. Any higher than that, and the quality of training and supervision goes down significantly

    4. Do they have success stories and testimonials from people like you?

    Do they have “before and after” pictures to show results they have achieved and replicated with the same type of person as you? Do they have clients willing to endorse and recommend them enthusiastically?

    If they have worked with many different people like yourself and have achieved success with them, there is a good chance that they know what it takes and can do the same for you as well.  Success leaves clues.

    5. What is their gym setting and culture?

    Gyms and fitness centers vary widely in environment, atmosphere, and culture. Some gyms are loud, with music blaring and people screaming, while others are quieter and more professional. Some gyms are filled with half-naked bodybuilders and fitness competitors walking around taking pictures and videos for their social media.

    Unfortunately, many gyms pack as many people as possible to maximize revenue at the expense of what is best for the client in terms of comfort and safety.

    You want to join a gym that you will look forward to going to and where you will feel comfortable working out without feeling like other gym members are judging you. Feeling comfortable and looking forward to your training sessions will ensure that you keep going and gives you a better chance of reaching your goals.

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