Finding a personal trainer means the difference between getting your body in the shape you want and getting ripped off.
Every gym that you visit will be filled with personal trainers who are willing to take on any client and are ready to start training you at a blink of an eye. However, that does not mean that you are getting the best personal trainer possible for your goals, and for your body type.
Some of the important things that you need to consider when hiring profession personal trainer is their qualification and experience in the field and previous results that they have provided. One of the first thing you would need to consider is their qualification.
Now a days getting a qualification in physical health, and kinesiology is not that hard. But that does not mean that being qualified means they are qualified to train you.
Sometimes to just get qualified as a trainer you need certificate III or IV in fitness and you probably will also need things like First Aid and CPR, which are easy to get. These are the bare minimum. However, an individual's personal skills, their own talents will define how good they will be at the job they do, including training other individuals. So when you are selecting a personal trainer, make sure you ask them about their qualification and also how they can train you better, and what is their strategy going ahead if you do sign up with them.
Another aspect of selection process that you need to keep in mind is the previous results. This includes their previous clients that they have worked with and whether they have their pictures, including before and after. Also ask the goals that they have achieved.
Check their Facebook and Instagram profile and see how active they are. They usually would put the pictures of their clients and their workout routines on social media. And if you can find these then you will be able to judge, based on what they put up. However, you would not know much unless you have spoken to the personal trainer directly.
Also check their Google reviews and reviews on other sites, including to True Local and Yelp. Or you can just basically just search their name on Google and see what shows up.
You can then compare all those results and see if there is any negative feedback, and if they are a negative feedback what the feedback is about and how they have addressed the feedback. This will also prove to you that they are not only engaged, but they're actively participating in the client’s journey.
They are Fitness Junkies themselves
A personal trainer like any other professional must also be good at what they do for themselves as well. They do not necessarily have to be in the best physical shape, but they should at least project a healthy physical body. They should be clean, they should be strong, active, filled with energy, because these are the signs that you need to look for. Because when it comes to your turn, they can actually show you how they achieved their bodies and how they can make you achieve yours as well.
However, do not be confused by someone's physical size because a bulked up train trainer can be bad trainer and a trainer who is skinny and lean can actually be much better than the other ones.
They have a Process to Assess your Needs
Personal training is not simply just hitting the gym or doing workouts in the hopes to get the results, which oftentimes we do get. But unless someone has a plan they cannot achieve their goal. So when you are signing up make sure that you ask them for their process and how is their onboarding, what assessments they do to figure out what goals you need, and what type of diet and exercise plan you would need.
If they do not have an assessment process that should be a red signal. And you must consider going somewhere else, because without an assessment procedure or process you will not be able to get your goals as your requirements are will never be clear to the trainer.
They are Social
A personal trainer is someone who deals with other people all the time, hence they must or at the very least should have a very social and friendly personality. This will eventually show how they will get along with you and how they will get along with other people. The friendlier they are, the better chances are you will feel comfortable working out with them and follow their plans.
There will be no awkwardness between both of you and this will help you communicate clearly and tell all your insecurities and issues that you want them to address. Of course, they're not a psychologist or psychiatrist, but discussing your personal insecurities including your stress level including your diet, your family matters that can't stress your body and can lead to putting on more weight or losing unnecessary weight will help them create a better plan. But this is only possible if you are comfortable talking to them, as it is not a requirement to discuss these things with your personal trainer.
They are Mobile
They should also be able to visit you at your location if the need be this is one of the most important areas to consider if you cannot travel due to family obligation, disability or lockdowns like COVID.
When a personal trainer is mobile they can move around and visit their client at their location it make if convenient to workout and continue the plan to the end. Most of us a more comfortable at our own place and when a personal trainer can come there it just make it a whole lot better.
So, these are some of the ways you can assess how good a personal trainer is and how you can benefit from their experience and from their plan. If you need to find out more or you have questions, please contact Janetta Leota who is a professional trainer herself operating for more than 10 years in Melbourne, Australia, with dozens of clients.