Sometimes we get lost in the fitness information matrix and wonder how to make sense of it all. Should I workout 2 times per week? Or 5? Hence the reason why many people look for a personal trainer. With all of the errands, obligations and worries of life, who wants to figure the entire fitness stuff out, right? Hiring a personal trainer can be a viable option and can save lots of time. However, hiring a personal trainer is a serious decision and can be costly.
As I said above, knowing what to look for in a personal trainer can be a bit challenging. Before you hire one, make sure the personal trainer you’re interested in follows the guidelines below:
1. Professionalism: While it’s important to maintain a close relationship with a client, there also needs to be a level of professionalism. Professionalism covers their manner of clothes (which should be simple and plain), a pleasant and positive personality, proper communication skills, punctuality, legal documents and much more. A personal trainer should consistently maintain professionalism throughout the client-trainer relationship.
2. Assessing your fitness level and goals: This shows that he or she truly wants to create a customized plan for you. Everyone’s fitness goals are different, so their fitness plan should be different also.
Be careful of a 'personal' trainer who generalizes your workouts or who tries to squeeze you into a systematic approach to exercising. Your fitness level and experience should be taken into account when your personal trainer is creating a fitness plan for you.
3. Designing a workout program that’s realistic to your availability: We’re all busy, so your availability has to be taken into consideration. Example: If you don’t have much time on your hands, then a short intense workout (say 30 minutes) from 2 to 3 times per week may suit you.
Also, scheduling you for 3 - 5 sessions per week requires dedication and great time management on your part as well as your trainer's. If you truly don't have the time, then it's not going to work.
4. Closely supervising your workout: Shows that they’re interested in seeing you perform each exercise properly, especially to avoid injury, over-training, even under-training.
This also shows that they're truly observing your workouts and learning to build rapport with you as the client-trainer relationship progresses. Imagine a trainer who doesn't supervise your workout and keep you to form and proper training intensity?
5. Evaluating your goals and measuring your progress: This reveals that your personal trainer wants to see you improve and constantly change your workout program to keep it interesting and have it coincide to your current fitness goals.
Here at Human@Ease, we provide you with a progress chart with 2 main exercise plans. We also provide 12 strength training routines to keep the exercises intense, challenging, different and fun. Every personal trainer should have a progress chart.
6. Listening to your questions and concerns: Listening will always remain a key aspect to any relationship, business or otherwise.
As your personal trainer learns more about you, he or she may use particular triggers to motivate you, work around any situation and most importantly build rapport with you. Listening reveals that your trainer is truly interested in your health and well-being.
7. Providing easy-to-follow recommendations and feedback: A personal trainer should always offer reasonable advice that will motivate his or her client to do their best. Feedback should be uplifting, truthful and with respect.
Feedback should also be digestible and easy to apply. That way the trainee doesn't get confused and unclear how to move forward with his/her trainer over time.
8. Certification: Many people today downplay certification because it’s not well-regulated by any governing body. However, certification does show that the personal trainer decided to put their earnest time and energy to learn about their trade.
I highly recommend the following certification organizations:
- ACE, NASM, ACSM, NSCA and ISSA
- Other great ones are Super Slow Zone, NFPT, NCSF, IFPA, ACTION and AFAA
9. Experience: This is extremely important, because it gives credibility to their certification, shows that they know the ins-and-outs of their field, great problem solving skills, listening and so much more.
There’s other qualities to look for in a personal trainer, such as passion, friendliness, specialization, good hygiene, the ability to learn well, even humor to put the client at ease or uplift them when they may seem down.
So begin your journey to find that ‘right’ personal trainer that will help you meet your fitness goals. Actually, Human@Ease has some really good ones you may want to check out.
To get the most out of your fitness goals, I highly recommend the following top-notch wellness services and health-related articles at Human@Ease fitness studio:
• Strength Training (learn proper form, build muscle & improve muscular endurance)
• Group Classes (improve cardio, learn different training styles & breathing techniques)
• The B.E.S.T. Plan (improve all areas of your life with nutrition, fitness & wellness)
• More Reps, No Sets
• Getting The Most Out Of A Brief Workout
• Is the B.E.S.T. Plan Right For You?