Finding a personal trainer can seem overwhelming at first; how do I know where to find one, how do I know what to ask them, and most importantly, how do I know if we are a good match?
The easiest way to find a personal trainer is at your local gym, but also be on the lookout for flyers at local coffee shops or bulletin boards for independent trainers as well. If you know someone who has worked with a trainer before, referrals are always a great way to get reliable information.
Five Tips for Assessing Your Personal Trainer
Although you may spend time shopping around and asking questions to find a personal trainer that feels compatible, you won’t actually know until you start working together. Use the following five tips as guidelines to assessing whether your personal trainer is a good fit.
1. Make sure you’re on the same page
Does he or she hear you when you talk about your goals? Do you feel like you are both working towards the same goal? If not, make sure to bring up those points with your personal trainer. Your goals are your own, so don’t let yourself feel pushed into goals that your trainer wants.
If you still feel like it’s not a good match, there’s no harm in parting ways and looking for a new one.
2. What’s their training style?
There are many different ways to approach your goals, and personal trainers don’t all follow the same path. Given your fitness level and experience, find out your trainer’s training philosophy and see if you feel comfortable with it.
If you’re just beginning, you may not know which types of training you prefer or work best for you, so make sure to evaluate things as your sessions continue. If you don’t feel like it’s a good match, see if they are willing to try different methods. If not, they may not be the best fit for you.
. Can you be honest?
It’s important to be able
If you find yourself stretching the truth or omitting it altogether, it’s likely a sign that there are some trust issues between the two of you.
4. Ask yourself: “Am I motivated?”
Personal trainers are people, which means they each have different personalities. One’s training philosophy might differ from what you need to feel accomplished and motivated and that’s fine. It’s important to find someone who fits your personality.
5. Trust your gut
In addition to all of the above factors, simply trust your gut when it comes to feeling if you and your personal trainer are a good fit. Do you see the results you’re looking for? Do they listen to you? Do you feel like you have their undivided attention?
Remember that you are paying for a service and you should feel like you are getting the most for your money.
You should be the focus of your trainer’s time and energy for that hour that you spend together. If you don’t feel that way, it’s ok to walk away.
Still not sure? Try a fitness class.
If you’re not sure what kind of personal trainer you are looking for yet, but you still need a reason to go the gym, try out one of these boutique fitness class.
Erin is a NASM-certified personal trainer, and a writer dedicated to focusing on physical, emotional, and mental health. When she’s not writing, she’s trying out new desserts in Chicago and relaxing with her husband Neil and her dog Donut.