The benefits of working with a qualified personal trainer are many — from helping you follow a fitness program that's best for you, to keeping you motivated, to helping you avoid injury.
That's why finding a personal trainer who is right for you is an important task. It's not always easy finding one who has the right experience and personality to fit your needs. Here are some tips to remember during your search.
Not only should you ask for references, but you should also follow up on them. Talk to current or past clients, including friends who've trained with him or her. Find out what people are saying, good and bad.
Do Your Research
If you like your current gym, of course you should ask about the trainers there. But you shouldn't just stop there. Many trainers have their own websites. Look over those sites carefully, and in particular, pay attention to any professional certifications they may have. A National Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) is considered top of the line, while other highly-respected certifications include ones from the American Council of Exercise and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Pay close attention to what the trainer says about their training style. Do they have an approach that's been used to help people with a variety of training goals? This shows experience and the ability to adapt.
Schedule a Consultation Session
Once you've found someone that fits your criteria, schedule an introductory session with them to ask questions and get a feel for their training style. Most trainers will do an initial session for a reasonable price.
If the first trainer you meet with doesn't seem like a good fit, then keep looking. The bottom line is that you need to find the right person that you're comfortable with. You need to make sure that they're meeting your goals, not their goals. You need to feel like they're pushing you, while also meeting basic expectations such as showing up on time. If not, continue to shop around.
Are They Really Personal?
Evaluate your trainer to see if it seems like they're just going through the motions, or giving every client the same workout routine. Your trainer should work with you to understand your particular needs and body, and then develop an individualized program specifically for you.
An experienced, accomplished trainer like Ralph Roberts of the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo can help take your fitness to a whole new level. Call him today to schedule an introductory meeting.
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