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Things You Should Consider When Choosing a Personal Trainer
Whether you are new to the gym, or you are trying to remain motivated to see your fitness goals through, a personal trainer is important to reduce the risk of injury and to take your exercises to a different level.
Personal trainers will not only give you a hand with the correct form and posture but will also motivate you to reach your fitness goals by setting achievable goals.
Of course, not all fitness trainers are equal, while some are great and have years of experience, others are just starting out. So before you decide to hire a personal trainer, make sure you put a lot of thought into it, so you can find a trainer that best suits you.
Luckily, there is no need to visit local gym in your area to find the right trainer. We spoke with Matt, a local personal trainer at Rec Xpress Fitness Center Clayton, who gave us his best advice for finding the perfect PT for you.
Determine your goals
Before you start your search for the right trainer, it's a good idea to set personal fitness goals that you can discuss with a potential fitness coach. Ask yourself whether you are hiring a trainer to help you tone certain areas, lose weight, or increase stamina.
Once you have determined your goals, discuss them during the initial meeting, and pay close attention to how the trainer responds. You may notice that some fitness coach will prefer to set their own fitness goals for you, while others will stick with the ones you have in mind.
While a trainer's credentials are an important consideration, you also want to consider his or her personality. After all, you will be working closely with your trainer, so it's only right that you go for one whose personality matches yours.
So how do you know if your personalities will match? Think about your preference when it comes to doing workout routines with a trainer. Do you feel more comfortable with a patient instructor who guides you with every step of the workout, or do you find that too constricting, and feel like you will learn better with a trainer who teaches you the correct form in the beginning, and corrects your mistakes along the way?
Another way to test whether your personalities will match is to visit your local gym, or have a chat with trainers online to get a feel of their personalities. You may need to speak with a few potential trainers, but keep your eyes on the goal of finding someone you will actually want to work with.
Another important consideration when hiring a fitness coach is the person's professional experience. Someone who has been in the industry for quite some time has likely tested his or her processes to allow each client to get the most out of every rep.
No matter your fitness goals, you'll want to work with a trainer who has been certified. Some of the important things you should consider are the prospective trainer's fitness interest, fitness level, health status, and other factors you think may have an impact on how he or she will teach you the proper way to perform different workout routines like pull-ups, deadlift, and plank.
Let's face it: fitness trainers do not come cheap. So it only makes sense to consider the cost of hiring one because more often than not, the decision to hire one trainer over another comes down to how much you are willing to shell out.
If you are working within a budget, make sure you do a comparison of the average cost in your city. If personal trainers are out of your budget, you can always join a group class or semi-private workouts that may cost less.
Bec Lim has worked in the fitness industry for the past 7 years. As a mother of a young child, she understands how difficult it is to get the gym and how important it is to feel good about yourself!