When you want to lose weight or just tone up a bit, sometimes you need a little extra motivation. A personal trainer can provide that motivation. Sometimes, however, people aren’t really sure how to find a personal trainer, what to look for, or even how having one works at all.
Here are three things you should know before hiring a personal trainer.
They have certifications
A personal trainer isn’t just any old person who happens to be fit and know how to create an exercise routine. Personal trainers should be certified by an accredited organization, such as:
- The American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
- The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
This ensures they are professional and competent, and reduces your chances of injury as a result of their training.
When meeting with a trainer, you should ask about their certifications. They should readily discuss it with you.
It shouldn’t be cheap
Professional people charge professional rates. You can go with a bargain-basement personal trainer that charges you very little, but this is definitely a situation where you get what you pay for. A quality personal trainer, with skills, certification, and confidence in their abilities to train, are going to be expensive.
If your budget is a concern, don’t go with a cheaper trainer. Find the best trainer you can find, and ask if they will allow less frequent meetings. Another option may be to trade services. If you have a career performing a service they may need, you might be able to get a discounted rate by offering your services for free or a reduced rate.
Training should be customized
The trainer may specialize in a particular training approach (weight lifting, crossfit, etc.) but the approach should still be tailored to you. They should ask you about your medical history and if you have any health conditions or take any medications before the first workout takes place. They should also be looking at you, and taking into consideration things like your current activity level, weight, flexibility, strength and endurance, and other abilities. All of these things should be factored in as they determine how best to work you out. Each client should have their own workout, even if they bear resemblances to others.
Working out with a personal trainer is a great way to motivate yourself and have some accountability, particularly if you’re just starting to work out. It’s important to ensure that you find a quality trainer, with the right skills and knowledge to help you. You should take your time and talk to several before making a decision.