Personal Training has become a crazy popular career over the last few years and now more than ever you have tonnes of choice when it comes to picking who you want to work with.
It can be easy to get completely lost in all the trainers available to know who would be a good fit for you.
This blog is going to share with you all my best advice as a personal trainer to help you feel better informed in finding a good fit for you.
First things first.
Just because someone is calling themselves a trainer or a coach doesn’t mean they’re qualified. In order to work as a personal trainer any individual should have their level 3 personal training qualification. Anything less than that and I’d advise you steer clear.
There are tonnes of personal trainers at your fingertips thanks to Google. A simple search of ‘personal trainer (your location) will bring you up everyone who’s working in a commercial gym or is advertising their services in your area.
Now you have a list of options, it is time to get snooping. Rather than just endlessly scrolling through random social media platforms and profiles here’s some ideas for what you should be looking for.
1. What do you want to gain from working with a PT?
Think about what your goal is, if you want to learn how to do Olympic lifting, look out for trainers in your area qualified to do that. If you want to learn how to do Padwork, find someone who uses that style of training and is qualified to teach you. If you’re getting back into exercise after having a baby, you’ll need to work with someone with a pre- and post-natal qualification.
This is a really quick way of getting a short list of trainers who have the skill set you want.
2. What kind of person do you want to spend time with?
Trainers personalities vary massively, we’re an odd bunch. You might need tough love; you might need a shoulder to cry on. You might want to come in the gym and have a bit of chat and banter for the hour. You’ll find out a lot about trainers by what they share about their relationships with existing clients they work with. You’ll often see messages, videos or pictures clients have sent to their trainers or vice versa. This will give you an insight into what you can expect from a session with them.
3. Arrange to meet them before you commit.
Pretty much every personal trainer will be happy to meet with you or speak to you either in person or over the phone before you have to commit to anything. A lot will also add in an incentive of a free taster session or a reduced rate first session so that you can try before you buy. Utilise that as an opportunity to meet them, ask questions and get to know them a little bit. You’ll know from that first meeting if you gel with one another and think you’d like to train with them. Don’t be afraid to meet with a number of trainers before you decide.
4. What qualifications do they need to work with you?
Not only should you consider what you want to do in your sessions, you also need to think about any reasons you may need someone to have specific qualifications under their belt. Injuries, pain or imbalances are a prime example. Some trainers are better qualified than others to support clients who present more complex challenges to their sessions. It is always worth flagging these in your initial enquiry to see if the trainer is comfortable to take you on or has any examples of working with something similar in the past.
A lot of the advice above is pretty straight forward but it can be easy when there are so many qualified trainers out there to chose from. It can feel completely overwhelming and you don’t want to end up working with someone who’s not right for you because you weren’t sure what you were looking for.
Personal trainers will also be able to talk to you about the people they currently work with, this will give you an idea of the kind of people they take on and enjoy working with.
Some trainers work with clients more intensely over a shorter period of time. They will work with you for 12 weeks but require you to train with them three times a week for example. Others will work with you only once a week and give you support for your own exercise outside of that session.
There really is no one-way of doing things in the fitness industry right now.
All personal trainers can put together a good quality workout for you but not all of them will invest in you personally or really connect with you on a personal level. What suits one won’t necessarily work for you.
Finding the right trainer for you, in my experience, can be the difference between working with someone for a couple of weeks or years.
The fitness industry in so many ways can be difficult to navigate but finding the right trainer is a huge part of the process and something I hope this blog will help you with.
Questions? Why not drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org I would love to hear from you.