Personal trainer, what should you expect
If you have ever thought that you need more help with your exercise, like so many; you know you should speak to someone who knows what they are talking about. Two things come to mind.
Where you start to ask the question or make your enquiry?
How do you know you can rely on the answer?
I hate long tedious blogs so I will attempt to keep this short enough to get the message to you.
The first point where do you start?
- Where do you go to get an answer to your exercise enquiry?
- Ask a friend, good idea always ask for a recommendation; you might come across someone who is really popular.
- Join a gym; good idea because doing so will get you into an environment where you should be able to meet staff instructors who can advise you.
- Carry out a Google search for personal trainers in your area and have a good look at their website.
My second point; how do you know you can rely on their advice?
Consider the following guidelines
- Look for evidence that a potential trainer has been practicing for some time; no one becomes an expert in their field without good experience. One problem today is you can achieve a personal training qualification in around 6 weeks! Compare this with someone who has studied at university for 3 years, having studied, biomechanics, sports science, nutrition and physiological change. It doesn’t compare.
- Ask for evidence of their accreditation; when was it issued; who issued it; do they attend additional courses and workshops to improve their knowledge and stay up to date with the latest research.
- Look at their personality to see if you can get on with them, then ask for a taster session to see if their style creates motivation in you.
- Ask what is included in their package of services for the price, what packages are on offer for regular sessions, monthly payments etc.
- You should expect a consultation which will include a full assessment of your current health and wellbeing, looking at health questions, medication, recent surgery or procedures, measurements of your body, blood pressure and a movement screening assessment.
- A plan of action agreed between you both for any lifestyle changes you may need to help your change.
- Nutrition advice if they are qualified in this area, if not basic healthy eating advice, if you have a particular health condition you should also seek the advice of a nutritional therapist with appropriate degree.
Following these guidelines should help you to find a good well qualified instructor with experience to guide your exercise and lifestyle journey.
Personal trainers with limited experience will not charge so much, may not be as experienced but will have the same passion as a more experienced trainer, will be up to date, my advice is to know what to expect and go into this relationship open minded.
I qualified 12 years ago and was very new and inexperienced but that did not stop me signing up clients, nor attending workshops every year to learn as much as possible to become a better personal trainer.
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