How do You Choose a Personal Trainer?

The fitness industry is booming – big time! This is because so many people are seeing the benefit of taking care of their health and wellness. They’re seeing that walking the fitness journey has immeasurable benefits for their quality of life as well as their life expectancy. This is because a person who is fit will be less likely to suffer from diseases such as cardiac disease and other such related ailments.

To respond to this desire that the population has of taking care of their health, a lot of people have decided to become personal trainers. But with so many personal trainers out there, how do you choose which one is the best for you? In this article, we’ll give you an idea of how to choose the best personal trainer for you!

A personal trainer must have an accredited qualification

The first – and most important – characteristic that the personal trainer, who you choose, must have is an accredited qualification from a recognised fitness college. The reason for this is that if your personal trainer has this type of qualification, you can be rest assured that they know what they’re talking about. This is because personal training qualifications are only accredited if health and fitness institutions recognise that the qualification is of substance and are willing to put their name behind it.

In addition, if you go for a personal trainer with an accredited qualification, you’re assured that he or she will be able to give you training that treats you in a holistic manner. In other words, the personal trainer will be able to train your entire body (and even your mind) and will be able to advise you on the best possible nutrition for you that will help you to get the most out of your training.

You must ‘click’ with the personal trainer

It goes without saying that you must get on well with your personal trainer. If you don’t enjoy being around him or her, you won’t look forward to your training sessions. This means that you’ll find every excuse under the sun to get out of your exercise sessions. Obviously, this is counterproductive to you wanting to start down the fitness path because you’ll find every excuse not to go to gym.

Hand in hand with this is motivation style.  One of a personal trainer’s main objectives is to motivate their clients to get fit, healthy and in shape. As a client, if you don’t feel that you’re being adequately motivated by your trainer to get moving and active, you’re with the wrong personal trainer and should find another one. Some people respond well to military-like motivation and drills while others respond better to more subtle means of motivation. Whatever gets you going, in terms of motivation style, make sure that your personal trainer displays this.

The personal trainer must come highly recommended

If you’re stuck with choosing a personal trainer, why not ask your friends and colleagues for referrals? If someone who is close to you refers you to a personal trainer, they will probably have had great success with that person and are happy to refer them to the people who are close to them. Remember that those closest to you won’t give you a recommendation of someone who’s not great at their job. So personal trainers, who were referred by word of mouth, come highly recommended!

See if the personal trainer fits within your budget

Finally, the personal trainer you choose needs to fit within your budget. The economy is tough out there and we’re all trying to skimp and save. Although a personal trainer is an indispensable resource, sometimes it’s just not possible to afford some of the fees.

So to make the monthly bill more palatable, make sure that you choose one whose rates you can afford. Some even offer online training which usually comes in cheaper than face-to-face sessions. Weigh up all options and see which one works for you.

There are a number of characteristics that you need to look for in a personal trainer. We’ve listed some of the most important in the article above. Whatever you choose, make sure that the personal trainer’s offering suits you.

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