If you don’t have one already, you have probably toyed with the idea of hiring a personal trainer and wondered if it’s worth the price. That’s a fair question, but here’s another one: Are you hesitant because you’re uncertain about the type of results you’ll get?
Working out with a personal trainer requires an investment that goes beyond not just money — and not just time, either (though there is that requirement, too). If you are willing to invest yourself, you will get great results from working one-on-one with a trainer. Why? Your trainer will develop a program that is specific to your level and your goals and will motivate you to work harder than you would alone. Your personal trainer will teach you proper techniques, maximizing the benefits of each exercise and minimizing risks of injury. And the finance component works in your favour: between the cost and the scheduled appointments, you are less likely to skip workouts and more likely to feel and see the results sooner. Clearly, the benefits are there. Talk about getting your money’s worth!
Deciding to get a personal trainer is the crucial first step. But the next step is equally important: find the right trainer for you. Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you hire a personal trainer. Answering these questions will help you figure out what you need to look for when you meet potential trainers.
What type of training style do you respond well to?
Are you looking for a coach, a motivator or a drill sergeant? Figure out in advance what is your preferred style in a trainer — otherwise you may end up hating your sessions and not going.
What is your training goal?
Do you want to improve your overall health? Do you want to slim down? Are you preparing for a sporting or athletic event? Some trainers have specializations. Inquire about their experience and training background.
Are you on a timeline/deadline?
If you have a tight deadline for an upcoming event, you may want to find a more experienced trainer, who is likelier to be pricier but able to best tailor your workouts and training schedule.
What do you like in a training environment?
Do you like to work out indoors, outdoors, at home for privacy, at the gym for people-watching? Can your trainer work in your preferred environment or location? If you work out at a gym, do they allow personal trainers who aren’t employees to come in for training? If you prefer to work outdoors, does the trainer have access to covered facilities in case of bad weather?
What about sex? (No, not with)
Ask yourself honestly if you would feel more comfortable training with a man or a woman. Does it matter to you?
Now that you have identified what you want, need and prefer, use your answers to find your perfect match. If you think of any additional personal trainer criteria questions, share them in the Comments!Happy hunting!
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Katya Mohsen is a personal trainer with over 10 years of experience in fitness and sports training. Catch her practical fitness advice Thursdays on Slice.ca.