People go to personal trainers typically for two reasons:
1. They need accountability and motivation. If you are investing money you are most likely going to show up. I feel that exercise for your health is the best investment one can make.
2. They don’t know what to do. Doing something is always better than nothing, but there are more effective ways to reach your fitness goals. A good trainer will keep you safe, educate you, and maximize your training time for the best results.
Here are a few tips for you to consider when looking for a personal trainer:
Tip #1: When looking for a personal trainer be sure to visit more than one facility and check their Google reviews. See how many they have and what customers have to say.
Tip #2: Ask if all their trainers are certified through NASM, ISSA, or another highly accredited association and if those certifications are current.
Tip #3: If you have any kind of disability, injury, or painful areas ask if the trainer has a certification in “corrective exercise” or “exercise therapy”. Depending on the injury you will want someone who can not only keep you safe, but hopefully help correct the problem.
Tip #4: Make sure that you understand the terms of your agreement and don’t get in over your head. I want my clients to be concentrating on their health goals and not stressed out about the bill. Yes, invest into your health, but don’t get in way over your head. A good personal trainer can be the best investment you can make.
Tip #5: Make sure their location is fairly close to where you work and/or live. Work and family keep us busy enough. You do not need another excuse to miss your sessions.
Tip #6: If the trainer you are talking too does not stress the importance of nutrition go ahead and walk back out the door.
Tip #7: They should be giving you reasonable expectations. The goal is to lose body fat at the average rate of 1-2lbs a week and gain muscle at 0.5-1lb a week. So if a trainer talks about losing 30lbs in a month be leery.
Use these tips to help you find the best personal trainer in your area. If you happen to live in the Tulsa, OK area check out Elite Training Tulsa where I am the head trainer and manager.
-Wittig, ISSA CPT
Kaged Muscle Athlete