Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday and a wonderful start to 2017. I was thinking a lot over the past couple weeks about New Year's Resolutions, and the fact that a lot of people will be starting a workout regime this week.
If you are planning on hiring a personal trainer to help you with your goals, here are a few questions you should ask them to ensure they are the right trainer for you!
1) What Are Your Qualifications?
This one kind of goes without saying, especially with the influx of Instagram personal trainers who may or may not have reputable certifications.
NASM? ACE? Bachelors/Masters in Kinesiology? These are the kinds of organizations that churn out Personal Trainers that are worth your salt. Before hiring a trainer, take a look at their certifications and qualifications. Knowledge is power, after all. The more education a trainer has acquired, the more you can be certain that they are highly qualified.
2) Do You Have a Specialty?
Want to try crossfit? Dabble in competing? Or do you simply want to shed fat and gain muscle? There are a TON of trainers out there, but the one's with a specific niche may be the right one for you.
It's important to do your research when looking for a PT. A trainer who is a master bodybuilder is great and all, but they might not be the best fit for you if all you want is to shed body fat.
3) What Is Your Cost/Availability?
Personal Trainers don't usually come very cheap, so it's crucial to find a trainer within your budget if money is an issue. You also want to be aware of their availability. Do you need a trainer every day? Once a week? Or are they an online trainer (like me!) that might have a more flexible availability?
4) What Is Your Coaching Style?
I've had a couple of clients who CRAVED the drill instructor approach; someone constantly barking and motivating during their workouts. Some people, on the other hand, want more of a cheerleader. Others just need a friendly person around to keep them accountable.
Coaching style can make or break a Trainer/Client relationship. You need to find someone who will coach and motivate how YOU want. Everyone responds differently to constructive criticism, the right trainer can help you in a way that you will thrive.
5) What Kind of Results Can I Expect?
If you come across a trainer that promises you'll lose 30 pounds in 30 days, RUN. As I've said before, those "30 Day" programs are pretty much BS. A trainer that pushes unrealistic (i.e., not SMART) results is not a trainer you should give money to.
A trainer should be able to give you a general idea of how long your progress would take based on your goals.
If you're looking for a personal trainer and have come across this blog, I'd love to chat and see if I'd be a good fit for you! Check out my training page and shoot me an email!