Look For In A Personal Trainer: The Selection Process

Have you finally decided to take your fitness journey to the next level?

That next level actually refers to working with a professional trainer who can provide you with the important and appropriate knowledge and fitness program designed to help you achieve your set goals on your health and wellness. With a personal trainer guiding you every step of the way, you get yourself motivated and inspired to stick to the program, and more importantly to check on you and your progress on your daily or weekly workouts.

In addition, your personal trainer can likewise help you maximize your gym sessions, achieve consistent results and prevent unnecessary injuries.

Is it high time you go the next level for your fitness journey?

Ensuring Fitness Success
But do you really need to invest in a personal trainer in order to secure your fitness success? What if it doesn’t work? Do you just have to live with the idea of throwing a pricey amount out the window when that happens? What if the personal trainer you have engaged does not deliver the results you are expecting?

What To Look For?
This is where a good understanding and knowing of what to look for in a personal trainer helps avoid falling into that predicament of wasting money. If you know exactly what qualities and qualifications a good trainer has, then you’re likely to succeed in achieving your target fitness and wellness goals.

How To Choose Your Personal Trainer
It requires due diligence if you have not been able to get a good referral for a professional, personal trainer from trusted friends and colleagues, to know the different criteria your potential personal trainer should meet and satisfy. Foremost to all criteria is rapport and good chemistry.

You and your trainer will be working closely together and that requires good chemistry. You are not likely to get motivated if you don’t like your trainer.

On the other hand, if you have good vibes with your trainer, you will stay engaged and motivated, without a doubt throughout the entire fitness program.

 A good personal trainer should be able to motivate you and put you in the right frame of mind to see the fitness program to the end. 

To help you a bit in selecting your personal trainer from a lineup of candidates, take into consideration the following criteria:

Credentials / Qualifications
You are about to entrust your fitness future to your personal trainer, so he or she better have credible fitness certifications from any accredited organizations such as:

  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

Certification from these organizations means that you have passed the exam and have met certain professionalism and competence standards necessary to practice in this field. It would also boost the trainer’s credentials if he or she has received crystal corporate awards recognizing his or her expertise, knowledge and experience in fitness training from various fitness or wellness organizations.

Experience
You can’t expect someone to be an expert in a certain field without years of experience to back him or her up. By doing things repeatedly, skills are perfected. A trainer who has a few months of running a fitness program will pale in comparison to a trainer with several years of tested fitness program that carries testimonials from satisfied clientele.

Don’t settle for a personal trainer who can’t give you a track record of his or her experience. You might end up being the guinea pig for the trainer’s fitness program.

Personality
Why is this important? As mentioned earlier on, you will be likely motivated by someone you like. If your personal trainer is not personable enough for you to like him or her, how can you be motivated to do your workouts? If your trainer radiates good vibes and personality, then you’re sure that you will go to the gym every day to do the fitness routines, with gusto!

You’d hardly be motivated and inspired to workout if a personal trainer displays rude behavior and attitude to clients. 

Specialization
Different trainers have different fields of specialization. Some are specialized in cardio-strengthening programs while others may be focused on muscle buildup. Check out what program your trainer is likely to prepare for you to achieve your desired results and determine if his or her specialization matches your fitness goals.

Reputation
How do you know this? Check his or her name with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, relatives or even the teller at the bank you keep an account with. Somewhere, someone might have come across the name. Alternatively, you can do an online search to check if there is negative feedback on the program and professional practice. You can also check your local registry of professionals to find out if he or she is what or who they says they are. The last thing you would want is engaging someone who is not licensed to practice this profession.

Cost
This may not matter to some people. But it’s always wise to compare notes when it comes to cost. A trainer that charges exorbitant fees because they know you are financially capable can easily whip up a new fitness program he or she has not used and tested just for the sake of justifying the high fees they quoted you with. It would help if you have an idea of the prevailing market rate on the fees charged by personal trainers in your community.

There are other equally important criteria – availability, philosophy, location, progress, etc., which you should look into when choosing candidates as your personal trainer. These are not hard rules but should serve as a good guide in helping you narrow down the candidates you are selecting from. At the end of the day, it is your gut and judgment that will most likely factor in your selection process for your personal trainer.

Does your personal trainer meet some of the above criteria?

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