Things to Consider Before Hiring A Personal Trainer

The start of a new year tends to be the time when we all evaluate our lives and begin to put new plans into action. One of the most common of plans, is to get our health and fitness on track.

Hiring a personal trainer is a great way to engage expert advice and guidance to help you determine and reach your health goals but it’s not something to be rushed into.

Here’s what you should consider before you commit to working with a personal trainer…

#1 What are your goals?

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all when it comes to personal trainers. Determining what your goals are before you even get talking to any will help you to choose the right trainer when you do engage with some. Think about whether fat loss is your goal, whether you want to be able to run a marathon or bench press your own body weight. Whatever it is, each goal will require a different approach and therefore a different trainer.

#2 What are their qualifications?

It’s safe to assume that any trainer who is working in a gym has adequate qualifications but doing your due diligence in researching is still important. You will also be able to see if they’ve extended their studies to other fields such as nutrition or post-partum specialities that may align with your goals and the advice they can give you.

#3 What are their specialities?

All trainers will have different areas of expertise and things they’re passionate about. Some are great at getting you to shed fat, others build strength. Some personal trainers prefer to focus on weight lifting while others love functional or cardio based work-outs. Matching your goals with their specialty is the best way to ensure you get a trainer who can offer you the best advice and create an enjoyable experience for you.

#4 Who have they worked with?

No-one will be able to give you a more accurate idea of who a personal trainer is than their past clients. Do your research and find as many reviews as you can before you sign on the dotted line. You can even consider reaching out to clients they’ve trained via social media as most will tag them at some point. That way, you can ask specific questions and gauge how a past clients’ perspective relates to your goals.

#5 Do they have a plan for you?

Reaching your fitness goals isn’t about going from workout to workout. You need to have a larger, long-term goal that you can follow and it’s your trainer’s job to help you put that into place. Before you commit, ask them about a long-term plan and ensure the workouts and advice they give you go beyond just sweating it out for an hour at the gym.

#6 Is it in your budget?

Gym memberships can be expensive, even without the added cost of a personal trainer. You need to be realistic about what you can afford, not just short-term but in the long-term also. If you only have the budget for a few sessions, be up-front with your trainer before-hand so they can run through the basics with you and ensure you have correct form before going it on your own. You can also consider pairing up with someone and splitting the cost of sessions. Many trainers are open to training two people at once, some even offer small groups of three or four which could be a more cost-effective way to receive their support.

#7 Do you have the time to stay committed?

When you consider both the price and your physical and mental energy, personal training is a big investment. You’ll find that without the ability to properly invest your time to sticking with it, you’re wasting the opportunity. To see long-term results, you need to be consistent and there’s no point paying someone to advise you to work out five times a week if you can only fit three sessions into your routine. You should also consider any extra time it may take you on the nutrition side of things including grocery shopping and meal prepping.

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