What Should I Look For in a Personal Trainer?

So you decided to take the plunge. That’s good.  Now it’s time to find a trainer. What’s the first thing to look for?  Major 6 pack abs, right? No, I’m just kidding. Your trainer does not have to be ripped or be in amazing shape to know what they’re doing.

The important thing is that they can get you to your goals and know how to do that.  Sure, they should look the part but it’s not a top priority. Remember, don’t judge a book by its cover.

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You may think that just going to a gym and signing up for a trainer is all you have to do, but you’d be mistaken. As it stands, the personal training industry is largely unregulated and unless you do your research on all the certification bodies out there, you’d really have no idea how to tell one from the next.

A good idea is to find out what kind of certification a trainer has. You should look for something reputable like NSCA, ACSM, ISSA, NASM, or ACE. Additionally a quality trainer will have done a myriad of continuing education, whether that is from conferences, workshops or from reading articles, studies, blog posts etc. A good trainer will always be learning.

With that out of the way, it’s time to observe how your potential trainer actually goes about coaching his/her clients. You can do this by just observing what kinds of programs they run their clients through, what exercises make up the programs, what their coaching style is. Additionally, most gyms and trainers will offer a complimentary session or a consultation. You are going to want to look into something like that.

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Takeaway

A trainer isn’t just for those looking to get in shape, lose weight or build muscle. There is a whole world of clientele that fits other categories or has other goals. Some people want a trainer to help them move better or feel better. There are trainers that can help with mobility or with post-rehab for an injury. Further still, there are other clients that have other considerations.

It is important to note that a trainer isn’t just there to motivate and beat you up. A trainer is there to progress and regress movements, correct when necessary, make you stronger and make you better. Anyone can make you sore, tired and sweaty! That is not the sign of quality. That’s a sign of someone who can make the hardest workout possible.

Hiring a trainer does not automatically mean you are going to see results. It’s not one of those magical pills where just because you have a trainer entitles you to a rockin body.

While a trainer is a great investment, they are solely there to inspire, motivate and guide you on your journey to better health or a better body, or whatever your goal may be. Much like a tour guide would point out things here and there, a trainer can point things out to you, but it’s up to you to look. Make it worth the investment. Invest in yourself and your health.

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