Friday, January 23, 2015

What to look for in a Personal Trainer !

When going to the gym and trying to figure out how you are going to stay motivated and accountable, it might be a good idea to look into a personal trainer. There are a few things that I want to address when looking into a trainer!!! Just like you will not get along with EVERY person you meet, you need to be honest with yourself and your trainer which means you need to be extremely comfortable addressing concerns and possibly embarrassing issues! Sometimes, clients find it hard to really connect and build that relationship that is very necessary when training. Don't forget, this person will be a part of your life in many ways, not just in the gym!!

When first looking into a trainer, you might want to be the observant one first. Learn who the trainers are in the gym and just watch how they interact with other clients. This will give you a good representation of how they will be with you. Keep in mind each client is different and has different needs, so do not fear a trainer if they seem to act tough with one client. Be sure to watch the trainers with a variety of people because a good trainer adapts workouts to fit each person and their individual needs.

Next is to make sure your trainer is certified with a current and a creditable personal training certificate. Trainers need to continue their education every two years through further certificates or a retest of the personal trainer course.You want to know the background history of each of the trainers as well. You wouldn't go to a optometrist with a foot problem would you? Your health and well-being is extremely important. Make sure that you find a trainer that has credibility farther than just a certificate. Also ask questions about their past history. How long have they trained people for? What type of past experience do they have past a certificate? What were previous jobs? These are all things that make a trainer creditable and more valuable to you!

One thing you should always look for in a personal trainer is someone who gets to know your motivations, goals, and weight loss history. One of the first questions a trainer should address with you is HOW they are going to set a long term plan up with you to reach those goals, set short term and long term obtainable goals, as well as talk about nutrition and a training plan to follow on the days you are not with the trainer. This seems like a lot of things but don't forget that in order to be successful, training with a training one time a week for 30-60 minutes is not going to get you the best results. BUT if you have a good plan to follow on the days you are not with a trainer, you will have a better chance of reaching the goals you desire!

Make sure that you have a good chemistry with your trainer ! If you are not developing a relationship that you feel comfortable with, you might want to decide to change trainers. Yes, it might be hard to tell the trainer that you are with that it is not working out BUT in the long run the trainer will have your best interest at heart and choosing a different one will only make you better! Also realize that each trainer will educate you and train you in a different way. IF you do not respond to a trainer that will push you then you need to find one that will work around your needs ! Sometimes it does take time for a trainer to learn how to train each client and being comfortable with each other is the best way to really get the best results.

Having a trainer is also a commitment! Not just a time commitment but also a commitment to each other. Your trainer can only do so much to give you the tools that you need to succeed. Ultimately it is up to YOU to follow these guidelines. You and your trainer will work as a team and if you are willing to open up and work hard, your trainer will also do the same to make sure that you have all the tools, education, and plans set up for success !!!

Start off on the right track and find a personal trainer that really understands what your needs are! You are important and your trainer needs to value you as their client just as much as you need to put the effort in when working out and eating correctly!! As a personal trainer I only want the VERY BEST for each of my clients and their success is ultimately your own success. I just guide the way !!! Stay focused on your goals, be motivated, and stay driven to succeed !!!

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