How to select the right Personal Trainer for You

In my previous post I wrote 3 reasons why you should invest in a Personal Trainer.  Now that you have made a decision to invest in yourself, your next step is to find the right Personal Trainer for You.

It sounds easy, right?  You go to a gym, or you google Personal Trainers and find one.

Well it isn’t as easy as that.  Selecting a Personal Trainer involves so much more than just booking a session with one at the gym.

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We are blessed to have a wonderful personal trainer, Nikki, who we have worked with for 3 years.  Nikki is the ultimate professional, provides variety in our training so we don’t get bored, texts to remind us of our sessions and follows up to see how we are after the session.  She always asks how we are feeling before our sessions just in case we have any issues or injuries that she isn’t aware of.

So here are some easy tips on How to Select the right Personal Trainer for You.

Do you want to join a gym or train outdoors?

Gym or Outdoors?  You need to decide if you want to join a gym and then work with a personal trainer or find one who is not affiliated with a gym and trains outdoors.  Both have drawbacks – gym fees can be an added expense to the personal training fees whilst outdoors can be affected by weather.  Although, our P.T. Nikki seems to be able to provide a challenging session in the area the size of a mat!  So rain, hail or shine we can usually find somewhere outdoors undercover to train.

Recommendation

The easiest way is by recommendation. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend a personal trainer.  Word of mouth and testimonials are a good starting point in your search to find the right P.T. for you.

Interview them

Don’t be afraid to meet with the P.T. and discuss your requirements – you are employing them!  ‘Interview’ them to delve into their experience and why you should select them.  Do they appear and act professional and business like.  How long have they been in business?  Do they have a website you can check out with testimonials? After all, you are putting your life and health into their hands.

Relationship matters

Having a P.T. means working closely with someone to achieve your fitness goals.  You need to be able to have a good working relationship and feel confident in their ability.  Feeling comfortable with your trainer is important.  We have a wonderful relationship with our P.T. and always look forward to our sessions.

Experience matters

Is your P.T. experienced enough for your requirements? Unfortunately, there are many personal trainers graduating through ‘short courses’ these days.  They rush through and then start up a business and say ‘hey, I’m here and I know it all’.  Make sure the Personal Trainer is fully accredited and experienced.

What is your fitness goal?

Determine what your fitness goal is.  You will need to explain this to the P.T. so they can then provide a relevant program.  Beware, some personal trainers just provide generic programs – the same for all of their clients.  One size does not fit all!  They need to take into account your fitness level, your goals, your health and age when designing a program for you.

Book a couple of trial sessions

Having a personal trainer is an investment so you need to make sure that you are spending your money wisely.  Don’t sign up long term immediately.  Book a few trial sessions before you make a final commitment.

A good personal trainer will have a detailed questionnaire for you to complete so they can be fully aware of fitness level, health problems etc.

Join a fitness group first

Many personal trainers provide group sessions so start with these to get an idea of what the trainer is like.  Of course, it won’t be a ‘personal training’ session but you will still have some indication of how they work.

Do you have a Personal Trainer?  Why are they right for You?

 

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16 thoughts on “How to select the right Personal Trainer for You

  1. Ellen Dolgen

    Great tips! You are so right about finding someone truly knowledgeable. When you reach our age, it is important to NOT have a one size fits all trainer. We need a trainer who has been trained to understand how to create a program for our individual needs. We are not 25 years old. Most of us have certain aches and pains and a few chronic issues. My husband and I share an hour with our trainer, Daniel Shamburg, twice a week. He does completely different things with my husband than he does with me. We do weight bearing exercises with him. He has a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and is an NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Love your words, “Invest in yourself!”

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Yours sounds like another great PT Ellen. It certainly pays to make sure you have the right one for your needs.

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  2. Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski

    What I’ve found is that sometimes a trainer who is young thinks you can do things over 50 that can ultimately harm you. I get competitive with myself and try to do more than I should. When you find a good one, though, they are gold.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      I know Rebecca, they think that once they graduate they know it all. It really takes years of experience and as we age we need someone who understands us and not just trains with a ‘one size fits all’ attitude.

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  3. Carol Cassara

    I love my trainer and I do think the pre-interview and first visit tell you everything. My trainer is only 30 but I’ve had him for years and love his advice and spending an hour with him. It doesn’t hurt that he is super-hot, too!

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  4. Leanne

    I’m impressed with all these midlifers who have PTs – I feel quite slack not having one of my own, but I don’t see my budget stretching in that direction any time soon. There is a group that meets in the park near us that I’m considering checking out one day though.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Oh Leanne check out the group session that can be a great idea and not as expensive as a on-on-one session.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Lois! I’m not sure what I would do if Nikki decided not to be at Personal Trainer anymore. We have such a great connection and she really knows her stuff!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thanks Mary! I love our PT (you probably guessed that!) but she really ‘gets’ us and that is so important especially in later life.

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  5. Cathy Lawdanski

    All great points, Sue. I just left Crossfit after 5 1/2 years to work with a personal trainer. Have had 6 sessions with him – very professional and knowledgable. I feel like I am in good hands. But you are right, it is an investment!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      An exciting step Cathy and I’m sure you will build a great working relationship. I know it costs money but one-on-one is so much better and a PT can provide variety which keeps it interesting.

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