5 Things to Keep in Mind While Choosing A Personal Trainer
Purchasing the services of a personal trainer is one of the best investments you can make in yourself. Good personal trainers have the potential to change your life and are worth their weight in gold.
But choosing a trainer is a process that too many people rush. When it comes to buying a home people make sure to do adequate research before committing. Well, your body is your home for the duration of your life, and you owe it to yourself to make an informed decision while picking a personal trainer. Here are 5 things to keep in mind while doing so.
1. Certifications and Qualifications
Gym trainers are usually required to have a certification before joining a gym or health club. ACSM, ACE, NASM, and NSCA are all accredited by the Registrar of Exercise Professionals (REPs UAE). NCCA accreditation is generally held as the standard for the field. Ask to see their certificate, and make sure that it is up to date.
Other than certifications, qualifications are also important. University degrees in the fields of exercise science, kinesiology or nutrition further prove a personal trainers credibility.
Keep in mind that when it comes to fitness, nobody knows everything, and new research is always uncovering better alternatives. If they have not upgraded their skillset in the past five years, be wary.
2. References and Testimonials
Good personal trainers will be happy to put you in touch with other clients with the same goals as you have. Hesitation to do so is a huge red flag. Getting to know their previous clients will give you a hint as to whether they are the right fit for you. For instance, if they have successfully transformed people of a similar age and body type as you, then you can safely assume that they are up to the task.
Ask previous clients about their experience with the trainer and whether they were satisfied with his methods. Remember that there is more to personal training than personalized training plans and fitness programs, so don’t forget to enquire about their punctuality and professionalism. Talk to fellow members of your health club and attempt to learn how the trainer really is in his day-to-day practice.
3. Experience and Specialization
You can hire the best trainer for marathon preparation, but it will still be a poor fit if your goal is to be a powerlifter. Similarly hiring a champion bodybuilder coach is not a good idea if your goal is to optimize your sport performance. One trainer may be excellent for one person but not another.
Before initiating a program, make sure you communicate not just your expectations and goals but also your limitations and needs. The right trainer will have the expertise to be able to work around medical problems and past injuries. They should also be willing to work with your primary care physician if the need arises.
You’ve found the perfect trainer for you. They have the right qualifications, they have the experience and this looks like it has all the makings of a successful working relationship. Only issue is, you cannot agree on a time. They have no free slots to accommodate you in your preferred time.
The personal trainer you have hired must be able to accommodate your schedule. The worst workout is no workout. Mornings, afternoons, evenings - what is important is that you get to your session.
Hiring a personal trainer doesn’t just spice up your workouts and motivate you to do better. It is an addition to your life, and you will be in contact with this individual for a significant amount of time. You will entrust this person with your goals and desires, and there is a level of raw honesty involved in the process of attaining those goals.
Trust your instincts about the first impression they make on you. Ideally, it should be someone who you would like to spend time with outside of a client-contractor setting. They should motivate you by positive, not negative, reinforcement.
Equally important is to select someone who you believe is genuinely interested in helping you. That is the professional who will get you the best results.
So there you have it. A personal trainer is usually the missing piece of the puzzle, someone who will guide you to be a better version of yourself. Keep the above parameters in mind and find the perfect personal trainer for your goals.
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