For many people looking to take their health and wellness journey to the next level, hiring a personal trainer can be an invaluable step. What should you know about hiring a personal trainer? Let’s take a closer look at some factors you can consider.
First, let’s consider the fact that training and education for personal trainers are not strictly regulated. So while people hold certifications, not all certifications are equal. Many gyms only accept NCCA-certified training certificates. The NCCA is the National Commission for Certifying Agencies and regarded as the gold standard for fitness certification, so look for a trainer who has a certificate from an NCCA accredited program.
If a trainer has college course work in exercise science, kinesiology or a related field, that’s even better. This is a great sign that this person has a baseline of theoretical knowledge and hopefully a passion for helping their clients through motivating them to set and achieve goals while giving them information to aid them in reaching targets.
Ask potential trainers for references and if you can talk to a few of their clients for feedback on how they worked together. If the trainer is unwilling or unable to provide you with any satisfied clients to sing their praises, you might need to keep looking.
Personalailty of a Personal Trainer
However, training is also very personal, so even though your best friend loved a particular trainer that same trainer might not be a good fit for you. One person might be motivated by intense rigorous workouts and accountability, while another needs more encouragement and handholding while easing into cardio and fat burning. Even the best trainers are not one-size-fits-all.
Do you have special needs? This is definitely something you’ll want to talk about with a potential trainer upfront. Perhaps, if you’re currently under a physician’s care he or she can recommend a personal trainer that has particular knowledge and experience getting great results with other patients. Or maybe your friend has been training for a marathon and you would like to train for a marathon as well so you’re interested in working with that same trainer.
If you go to a gym already, spend some time walking on the treadmill and observing how the trainers there interact with their clients. You can get a feel for their personal training style and know if it would be beneficial for you.
And finally, there’s the question of cost. Lots of factors go into determining the cost of a personal trainer including location, their personal certifications, skillset, ability and demand. Ultimately, you’ll likely pay more for someone who is more experienced or specialized, but a hefty price tag doesn’t guarantee results. No matter how great the trainer is, you still have to put in the work.
The most important element to look for in a trainer is a person who understands your goals and is willing to meet you where you are while helping to challenge you physically and mentally.