Before I hired a personal trainer, I was of the impression that I didn’t need one. As a regular gym goer, I had acquired an extensive amount of knowledge over the years so I always thought, “what can a personal trainer do for me?” But after hitting a brick wall and becoming bored with my gym routine, I decided that it was time for a change.
I spent months searching the Internet for the perfect personal trainer, which I found, but they came with a not so perfect price tag. By luck, a new trainer joined my gym and after witnessing him display the most impressive callisthenic moves, I decided that he was the one and he was way within my budget.
Finding a personal trainer can be tricky so here are a few qualities to look for in a trainer.
A personal trainers body is ultimately their moneymaker and they should be practicing what they preaching. Pick a personal trainer that has a body that is similar to your goal and specialises in achieving your goals.
Choose someone who you get on with and those grueling squat sessions will become a bit more bearable. Get to know your personal trainer, stalk them online if you have to! Your personal trainer also needs to be reliable, so pick someone with a good track record to ensure that you achieve your goals.
Have you seen them train other clients? Did you like what you see? Hire a trainer who can train you the way you like to be trained. Don’t be afraid to tell them if you are unhappy with your plan either! Give them a list of exercises that you do and don’t like and they will find a way to make it happen.
The benefits of having a personal trainer became apparent after our first session.
Good Personal trainers will shower you with their knowledge. My plan includes lots of supersets, which is completely new to me because I never knew which exercises to superset. Your personal trainer should introduce you to exercises that hurt muscles that you did not know existed.
Ever wondered if you’re squatting or dead lifting correctly? A PT will be able to correct and perfect your form. Luckily after years of training I haven’t picked up any bad habits but having a personal trainer means that I can finally lift heavier weights, without being scared of injuring myself.
We all lose our motivation from time to time, but having a personal trainer keeps me feeling motivated. Every time we train, I want him to see how much I have progressed. I want to be the client he tells other clients about! You’ll also find that you will stop making excuses to skip your gym session too. I mean, by all means you can still skip your personal training session but that would be a waste of money.
The cost of a personal trainer varies but it doesn’t mean that the best trainers are the ones with huge price tags. If you are unsure about if a trainers methods are right for you, ask them if you can buy a one off session. And if you ever find your that your trainer makes you run on the treadmill as they stand around talking to other people…it’s time for your trainer to go!