Written by Brent Bishop.
Getting our bottoms in gear is no easy task. Having a trainer help push us along, intelligently is money and time well spent, if you choose the best one for you. As a trainer, my job is to motivate people to achieve and surpass their goals.
Why Get A Trainer?
- Motivation – we all need it! Having someone be there to externally motivate you can do wonders for your success. Not to mention undergoing regular fitness evaluations and goal setting will help in ensuring your are tracking your progression.
- Proper training/program planning – maximize your time and effort – you will be challenged to get outside of your comfort zone.
- Accountability – there is power in having an appointment set, someone waiting for you and money already spent on that appointment.
Narrow Your Selection
- Reputable & convenient location - A gym close by or on the way to or from work can allow for increased consistency. In addition, if your time is very tight or the gym is not your thing, you may want to have a trainer come to you.
- Minimum requirements are a must! You are dealing with your most important attribute – your health. Your choice in trainer should involve some essential requirements. Some main points to research and consider should be the trainer’s level and area of education, certifications, years of experience, training and personal fitness background. In addition your trainer selection should be someone who has CPR and first aid as well as valid insurance coverage.
- Male/female preference – some people find that they are motivated by and/or may relate better to the same gender while others may find that the opposite gender works better for them.
Red flags to watch out for:
- Lack of professionalism (showing up late, cancelling on you etc)
- Lack of education/certification and/or experience (won’t provide proof)
- Over promising & under delivering
- Generally $50 - $100/hour (depending on where + who)
- Longer packages generally give better per session rate
- Higher price doesn’t always mean better!
Will It Work?
You should be able to try the service prior to committing – you don’t buy a car or a new outfit without trying it first. Ask for a TEST DRIVE.
- Interview the trainer. You are hiring them, not the reverse.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for references and call them.
- Promises and expectation: These should be very clear right from the start.
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