Sometimes working out by yourself just isn’t enough to keep you motivated and determined to reach your fitness goals. Or maybe you don’t know the right moves that you should be doing to build and tone your muscles.
When it comes to situations like this, the next best step is to look into hiring a personal trainer. Not only can they teach you effective workouts and exercises, but they also hold you accountable and want to help you see real results.
Here are three things that you need to know when you’re hiring a personal trainer.
Make Measurable Goals
The first step in choosing a personal trainer is defining what fitness and health goals you’d like to reach. Are you trying to gain muscle mass or build stamina? Are you trying to lose some weight?
Make sure the goals you set for yourself are realistic, attainable, and able to be measured. Set a specific number as part of your goal – getting down to a certain percentage of body fat, losing a particular amount from around your waist, or being able to beat your personal best by a few minutes.
By having your goals pre-established, you’ll be able to discuss them with potential trainers right from the start.
Ask At Your Gym
One good place to begin your search for a personal trainer is your gym, if you belong to one. Many gyms have several trainers who are available for training sessions throughout the week (and often for a reduced fee as opposed to non-gym-members). If you are not a member of a gym already, ask your fitness friends or co-workers for recommendations and referrals.
Before getting too far in the search for a trainer, make sure that the personal trainer(s) you are considering to hire have the correct, legitimate certifications. In the UK this means Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) qualifications. Also, it’s a good idea to ask the trainer for testimonials or success stories that prove their knowledge and experience.
Hiring a personal trainer is a big decision to make that will affect your life, just like any other large investment you’re thinking about. Instead of settling out of convenience with the first personal trainer who is available, take the time to chat with several trainers.
It’s important that your styles are compatible and that you feel comfortable around your personal trainer. Are you more interested in a group training setting with more people? Or is one-on-one, personalised attention more your thing when it comes to learning new lifting moves or bodyweight exercises?
We hope these tips get you on your way to finding a successful personal trainer, and that you are able to reach your fitness goals with a little hard work and the right moves.