Hiring a Personal Trainer 2016-11-14T11:06:01+00:00

Hiring a Personal Trainer: What to Look For

By Shain Rossi, Certified Personal Trainer

Whether you’re training for a marathon, trying to lose weight, or just want to get into better shape, a personal trainer can be beneficial. A trainer can help motivate you, decrease your chances of an injury, and help you reach your fitness goals. But where do you start? How do you know what to look for in a personal trainer?

Qualifications

personal trainer hiring - palos verdes personal trainingIf you’re considering hiring a personal trainer, there are several factors to consider. One of the most important things to look at is a trainer’s qualifications. For example, ask what certifications a personal trainer has before hiring him or her. Certification does not always translate to being well qualified. But it does mean a trainer has at least some knowledge regarding exercise physiology.

All personal trainers should also be trained in CPR and first aid. It’s not that you plan to collapse while working out. But a trainer should take safety seriously and be prepared to handle an emergency even if it’s highly unlikely to occur.

It makes sense also to find out how much experience a trainer has. Keep in mind, everyone has to start somewhere and being a rookie trainer does not necessarily mean that person is unqualified.

Compatibility and style

It’s also important to consider a fitness trainer’s personal style. Working as a personal trainer is not just about teaching someone how to perform a lunge or dictate how fast to run on the treadmill. It’s about interacting with a client and figuring out how best to help that person meet their goals.

Trainers have different styles. Some are cheerleaders, others are drill sergeants, and some are a combination of both. Think about the style of trainer you prefer. For instance, maybe you need someone who is no-nonsense and believes in a little tough love.

While it’s helpful to be compatible with your trainer, you don’t have to become best buds. But your trainer’s philosophy and style should mesh well with yours.

Cost of a personal trainer

Unless you’re independently wealthy, the cost may also be something you need to consider when you’re hiring a personal trainer. Fortunately, you don’t have to be rich to have a trainer. But it is helpful to decide your budget before committing to a personal training plan.

Keep in mind, charging more does not always mean a trainer is better than someone who charges less. Several factors go into how much a trainer charges. But when it comes to hiring a personal trainer, finding the lowest price probably shouldn’t be the primary factor in your decision.

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