How To Find A Personal Trainer Who Is Perfect For Your Needs
A personal trainer can be a great way to gain extra motivation and exercising tips in your fitness and/or weight loss campaign. A personal trainer will ensure that you do not stay in bed on a chilly morning. Personal trainers also tend to keep you from cheating and kidding yourself about your progress. To meet your goals successfully, it is important that you find a personal trainer who is going to be perfect for you. When looking for a personal trainer there are a few points to consider.
Guidelines for Choosing a Personal Trainer
At home or in a gym. Are you planning on having the personal trainer come to your home or are you going to go with one provided at your health club? This comes down to personal choice. Some people prefer to exercise in privacy after hours at home, while others are happy to exercise at the gym. The personal trainer who comes to your home may well cost you more than the one at the club.
Qualifications. A personal trainer with qualifications has passed examinations. There are various professional qualifications that different professional bodies in the US can award to personal trainers. Some of these professional bodies are ACE (American Council on Exercise), NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), or the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). The most basic, and possibly the most important qualification, would have to be their CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) skills, and how often these are refreshed. (If you collapse, don't you want your trainer to be able to assist while waiting for the ambulance?)
References. Your personal trainer should be able to provide you with references. Check them out. Ensure that the trainer has done for others what you are seeking for yourself. One great way to select a personal trainer in the first place is by word of mouth.
Personality. It is vital for your fitness campaign that you feel comfortable with your trainer. If you do not enjoy the company of your trainer you will be constantly looking for reasons to cancel. You should expect to feel comfortable and safe with your personal trainer. Your personal trainer should be displaying a genuine personal interest in your goals and achievements. There are plenty more trainers to select from if the first one does not work out.
Gender. Would you prefer a male or female? Some people prefer the same gender to themselves, while other people feel they work harder with a personal trainer of the opposite sex. There is no correct answer, just select whatever is going to be best for you.
Experience. A personal trainer who has had plenty of experience with whatever it is that you wish to train for is your ideal choice. There is no point in hiring a trainer who specializes in body building if you are wanting to train for a marathon. If you have any health conditions, it is important that they are experienced with this. Examples of this include heart conditions, pregnancy, diabetes, or arthritis.
Professionalism. The ideal personal trainer should discuss your goals and your personal health history with you before starting any form of exercise. Most professional trainers will get you to fill out a questionnaire before you start. The fees that they will be charging you should also have been mentioned in advance. You should be expecting to be measured, weighed, and assessed for your body fat ratio and fitness before you start on any routines.
Fees. Various trainers will charge various amounts. The personal trainers who come to your home tend to charge more than the ones provided at your health club. Will your trainer train you and a friend at a group rate for two? (This can be much more cost effective, if you have similar goals.) Ensure you read the fine print regarding last minute cancellations. Are you committing yourself for a set period of time or are you on a casual basis? Can you afford to continue with the training for as long as it may take you to reach your goals?
Tips. A professional personal trainer should give you some physical fitness tips that you can incorporate into a simpler routine when you are on your own. Use the knowledge of this professional when contemplating purchasing home fitness gear. Your personal trainer should be able to give you great reviews of the best exercise bikes and home gyms.
It can be equally important to your long term goals that you are in return a good client. Here are a few points to remember.
Turn up on time. If you have a 60 minute session you are doing yourself no favors if you turn up late. Your session will be cut short.
Appropriate attire. You need to be sensibly dressed with the appropriate footwear for your particular routine. Your personal trainer has seen it all before so wear something comfortable and supportive.
Water and towel. These are necessities no matter where you will be doing your training.
No chatting. The longer you chat with the trainer the less you will exercise. Save the chit chat for before or after the session.
No phone calls. Taking phone calls is just plain rude for either of you. Unless there is an unavoidable emergency ignore the phone until you have finished working out. You can't be sweating and concentrating on your work out while talking on the phone.
Set realistic goals. Yep, we all want to lose 14 pounds in a week. Some of us may even want to participate in a marathon in two weeks. Be realistic with your goals. You can't fire your trainer if you set yourself too unrealistic a challenge. The same goes for cheating. If you want to shed a few pounds and are eating pizza for lunch every day, then that is not the trainer's fault.
A personal trainer can be the ideal solution for the person who finds it difficult to motivate themselves, or to stay on target. Having to face the trainer and be weighed every week can be great incentive for saying "yes" to the salad. Your personal trainer should be a great fit for you. Think about the above points to help find a personal trainer who is going to be perfect for you.