9 Things to Look for in a Personal Trainer
We all have certain fitness goals but most of the time are unsure how to achieve them. We even find it hard to remain motivated to work out. Maybe we don’t have all the answers, inspiration and stamina to do it all on your own, and that’s okay. This is the time to hire a personal trainer!
A personal trainer is someone who will help you bridge the gap between your present self and your future self who is fitter and stronger. You can hire him or her within a gym, in home, in a private facility, etc. They can really help you get the most out of your fitness routine in the given time.
9 Essential qualities in a personal trainer
1) Passionate about health and fitness
When you’re around someone who is positive, excited and energetic you too feel the same. This positive energy rubs off on you and you also stay motivated. Someone who is passionate about their work will make sure you have one of the best experiences of your life and get the maximum out of this programme.
There is nothing more disheartening than seeing yourself putting 100% but at the same time you see your trainer not putting in the same kind of effort. It is absolutely necessary for you and your trainer to be on the same page. Look for someone who is not only going to give his or her 100% while you’re in the gym, but someone who really cares about you reaching your goals.
3) Listens to you
It is very important for your trainer to listen to you. If when you are conversing with your trainer and if he or she does most of the talking, cuts you off, jumps to conclusions of what you want or need, without consulting you and taking the time to hear why you’re there, it’s a red flag for you. He or she might have good intentions, but personal training is like a partnership where communication should be both ways. If they can’t listen and understand your concerns, doubts, problems and goals, they’re not the one you should be hiring.
It’s absolutely important that your trainer is certified by a recognized or accredited organization.
If your trainer has a proper degree will ensure that you’re getting trained in the best manner that is suitable for your age and body type. This will just enhance the experience from this program.
Your trainer should be able to provide you with a good general program to improve volume, speed, capacity, weight loss, strength, but apart from this, if you have a very specific goal such as training for a marathon it’s better to hire a specialist. A specialist will be able to provide you with a more focused training plan, correct form specific to your activity of choice, as well as give tips and invaluable knowledge that comes only with that specialized experience.
7) Provide comprehensive fitness assessments
A trainer will conduct some tests on you. By doing so, he will establish your fitness baseline. The trainer should periodically take these tests and return it to you.
8) Evaluates overall health
Your trainer should ask about all your health conditions, addictions, previous injuries and medications beforehand. This information will help them to take certain precautions and make the program as safe as possible.
9) Check-in with you often
A good trainer will check in with you regularly. He or she should know if you’re exhausted, sick, have sore muscles, etc. Accordingly, they’ll plan out the schedule for your well-being.
- Sonia Shah