It would be pretty easy for me to tell you that I’m the right Personal Trainer for you – but let’s be realistic here. Everyone has unique needs, requirements, and availability, so what works for one individual may not work for another.
Here are a couple of factors you need to consider when you’re choosing which Personal Trainer you’d like to work with.
Surprisingly, there’s no government standard you have to meet to be able to practice as a Personal Trainer – someone could wake up tomorrow and decide to start up as one without having even stepped in a gym. There are lots of PT courses though, so to keep yourself protected make sure they’ve done their Level 3 PT with a reputable provider. Mine is with Lifetime Training, which is REPs accredited, although there are a number of other providers including, but not limited to, Premier, YMCA, Train Fitness, and No1.
Additionally, if you’re classed as a special population you’ll want to ensure they’ve done the extra qualifications to help you out. If you are pre- or post-natal, you’re under 18 or consider yourself elderly, ask your PT if they’ve done the appropriate CPD course.
You might like a laugh when you’re out with your friends, but take your training time seriously, so you don’t want a PT who’s full of banter. You could be full of confidence during work time but the gym makes you feel nervous, so a PT yelling orders at you is not going to sit right.
It’s going to be difficult to tell whether you’ll truly get on with a PT unless you have a trial session with them, but as you’re working out, try peeking at the sessions they’re conducting – is that the sort of person you feel you could spend an hour working out with, potentially more than once a week? If the answer is no, there are plenty more fish in the sea – or PTs in the gym!
Their Specialties and Interests
I’m really into functional fitness, as the benefits of functional strength extend far out of the gym, so my programmes will often be based around movements that easily transfer to real life as well as almost every other challenge you could possibly think of. It also benefits weight loss by building metabolically-active muscle. If you dread the thought of pushing a sled, deadlifting, or jumping on a box, then I do encourage you to at least give it a go – however, if you still hate it, I may not be the PT for you.
Speak to different Personal Trainers in your gym to find out whether their interests and what they specialise in align with how you want to train. It’s your time and money, remember, so ensure you’re spending it how you want to.
This is a pretty simple one but often overlooked – make sure the PT has sessions available when you’re available to train. If you know you’re not an early morning exerciser but the PT you’re speaking to only has 7am appointments, think whether that’s sustainable long-term for you.
I’d love to have a chat with you to find out whether I’m the right Personal Trainer for you. Drop me a line via my contact page. Speak to you soon!