What to Look for in a Good Personal Trainer

personal-trainerAs the fitness industry expands, new training programs are developed and introduced to the public. This advancement also requires quality instructors to facilitate the programs safely and effectively. Personal trainers get trained themselves that’s why you might see various certificates posted in their offices or gyms. Now how would you know if you’re looking at an efficient personal trainer? It is important to assess your instructor first before entrusting your lives to them. It might be an overstatement but I’ve seen lots of injuries, minor and major, just because of an incompetent instructor. It is a lesson that everyone should take; don’t follow anyone blindly. Make informed choices and educate yourself while letting them guide you reach your goal. They know their stuff, but you should also know where you’re led to.

Stop. Look. Decide.

In some countries, if not most, there are reputable certification bodies which you can check. They have a roster of certified trainers and their qualifications. It’s like looking at resumes and then you can decide which one to hire. If there is totally none in your area, you can search gyms/trainers websites or you can visit local web forums if available. You might get recommendations from forums so you might want to check it out too. You can also personally see an instructor and ask about their credentials, they should be able to show it to you.

Personal instructors with first-aid training and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification is a big plus. It is now becoming a standard requirement for fitness instructors.

Make an interview. Personal trainers have different styles and personalities, have a check and feel which one you might be comfortable working with. Find someone who’s not only GOOD for you, but also RIGHT for you.

Style. Each and every trainer you meet might have different styles. Regardless of their personal style, a good personal trainer should be able to adjust their means according to your needs. They should be well aware that what works for someone may not work for another. They will usually assess your fitness level and make a workout plan accordingly. They should involve you in the planning to increase your awareness and facilitate a more understanding environment. As you go on with the plan, they should be able to give you feedbacks and make adjustments as necessary.

Personality. Remember that you’re going to train with this person for quite a long period of time. Hire someone you like, someone you can get along with, someone who understands you. Find someone who will motivate you and criticize you in a positive manner. There’s no need to be harsh, make your training session fulfilling instead of taxing.

Professionalism. It is important to have a personal relationship with your instructor but never compromise your professional relationship with them. Workout sessions should be optimized and concluded in a professional fashion. Look for someone who genuinely wants to help you and is flexible to accommodate your schedule as necessary.

How about the rates?

Personal training rates depend on a few factors. It is based on the trainers experience and qualifications, the facility needed for the training program, your geographical location, and maybe just their preference. Ask yourself if it is worth investing. Just keep in mind that probably the most difficult part of training is how to start training. For someone who knows little about fitness training, consider hiring an instructor to help you get started. It might be expensive at first, but as you learn and grow, you become more independent and might not need the guidance of a personal instructor later on.