If you’ve never had a personal fitness trainer, it’s probably good to get an idea of what to expect from personal training, and what to ask any potential trainer, to make sure you get a qualified trainer who understands your goals. Careful research and asking the right questions will help you avoid having an unpleasant experience that can lead to abandoning your fitness or weight loss goals.
Finding a good personal fitness trainer takes time and effort on your part. But the research and time you spend finding the right personal trainer could make the difference in whether or not you get results from your weight loss or fitness program.
A good personal trainer is one who will help you keep your fitness program interesting, so you don’t get bored, just to quit smoking and not stick with your fitness program at all. Your personal trainer should incorporate a variety of different exercise programs and equipment, including the use of dumbbells, barbells, medicine balls, and perhaps even kettlebells, ropes, or sandbags. And if any of them sound unfamiliar to you, then there are even more reasons to hire a personal trainer to help you and teach you the most effective exercises to lose weight and improve your physical condition.
Once you’ve decided to hire a personal fitness trainer, they should meet your requirements. And your expectations should be extremely high. Don’t skimp on quality personal training to save money. Any money is wasted if it doesn’t get results.
Ask the personal trainers you are considering doing a complimentary session or a “test drive.” If you are going to invest a lot of money and time in a personal training program, you deserve to know what you are getting before you hand over the money. Any good coach would be happy to introduce you to their training style with a free session or two, to familiarize you with the facilities, their methods, and their qualifications.
Most coaches will offer one hour of training while others will only offer half an hour. Some trainers will offer you training sessions at your home or personal training sessions at a professional studio or gym. Whatever you decide, choose a comfortable environment, where you are sure you will feel motivated, energetic and able to be consistent with your fitness program. If it’s a place you don’t like to be, chances are you don’t want to go. And that means your chances of success are low.
When looking for personal training, always check the credentials of your professional fitness trainer. Always. And don’t assume that one certification is enough. A good coach is more than just a smart guy who passed a paper exam on anatomy or physiology. He is personable, friendly, motivating, and encouraging. Many personal trainers are knowledgeable about fitness, but may not be able to teach you what they know or lack the communication skills that make it easy for you to not only do what they say, but understand the reasons why.
Most professional personal fitness trainers will ask you to complete a medical questionnaire before beginning any fitness program. Be accurate and honest in your answers. You may then be asked to perform a series of exercises to assess your fitness level. That will determine, for the most part, where your weaknesses and strengths lie.
You should have your height, weight recorded along with other measurements before starting your program. This is for the personal fitness trainer to track your progress as your fitness training begins and to make appropriate recommendations as you create your personalized fitness program. Bioelectrical impedance is the preferred method, just for convenience, although it only provides an estimate of body fat percentage and is not 100% reliable or accurate. But it is a good start. If your trainer doesn’t know what bioelectric impedance is, run for the hills. Calipers are another good way to measure, but it will fluctuate based on how / who performs the body fat gauge test. Either way, you just need to know where you are when you start so you can measure progress over time.
Some people are wary of “before” photos being taken. If you don’t feel comfortable having a personal trainer take your picture, take it at home. Take off your shorts, running bra, or even your swimsuit for the brave. I highly recommend it. That photo will be of great value to you later. I can’t tell you how many of my personal training clients say WISH that they listened to me and snapped a photo before their amazing transformation. That photo is MUCH less embarrassing months later, when you look great, confident, and 20 pounds lighter!
Keeping track of your diet is essential to a fitness program. We don’t always eat as well as we should. We have busy lives, eating a lot of fast foods can be unhealthy, and your personal fitness trainer will inform you and suggest better alternatives for your fitness goals. Keeping a nutrition diary is essential. Ask your coach if they provide clients with a personalized nutrition and exercise diary that they fill out and show their personal trainer on a regular basis. The act of keeping a food diary and keeping a diet journal can be a powerful tool to help you succeed in obtaining personal training results.
Certified personal fitness trainers should be trained in the areas of nutrition and proper diet, as well as exercise, physiology, and strength exercises.
They must be willing to create the right diet for you to follow and encourage you to follow your goals.
It is always important that any personal fitness trainer is certified and has insurance. But remember that not all certifications are the same. Some personal trainers are “certified” online, or even by their facilities. There are no strict regulations in the personal training industry for coaches, so don’t take a certification as a qualification. Look for a well-recognized national certification with strict requirements, mandatory continuing education, and proof of actual practical experience.
Another advantage of working with a trainer if you are in a gym or health club is that working with a personal trainer often means no waiting or taking turns on machines or other fitness equipment.
Having a scheduled appointment for your training encourages you to attend your program regularly, and having a set personal training schedule with your coach will increase your chances of consistency and success with weight loss.
A personal fitness trainer makes your appointments, sets aside time just for you, and tracks your progress by assessing your weight and body fat over time.
He / she will know your progress and know what your stamina is, to avoid injury from overexertion. Knowing your progress and keeping track of it will give you feedback on how you are doing and what needs to change.
Having a personal fitness trainer helps, motivates, and encourages you to stick with your fitness program, helping you with physical and mental health. Most of all, it will help you achieve faster weight loss and fitness results that you can maintain for the rest of your life.