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Selecting the right Personal Trainer

Selecting the right Personal Trainer

Finding the right trainer can be challenging, there are currently around 100+ wirral personal trainers! So how can you be sure you’re picking a good one? Well we are called “personal” trainers for a reason. Trainers are there to guide you to your personal fitness goals safely and effectively, and to do so they also need to fit with your personality.

Before you work with a trainer,  do your research…. after all the good ones aren’t cheap!

Below are my six best rules to find the best personal trainer for you. Like i said on the wirral there are numerous trainers out there to choose from, but only a small percentage are the right ones for you. Keep these six qualities in mind when doing your research.

 

Assessment

A good personal trainer knows the old saying, ”If you do not asses, it is just a guess.” With that being said, upon your first visit your trainer should have you fill out a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire or PAR-Q, discuss your long- and short-term goals and take some assessments or measuements. The assessments is a very important tool in building a safe and effective plan of attack. Without conducting this initial assessment the trainer has no idea where to start your program, and any exercise prescribed there forth is just a guess. Its also important to monitor progress, You therefore need to know where you started.

Patience

Patience is the key to a good client-trainer relationship. Our personal trainers understand that what works for one client may not work for another. Personal Trainers should also be able to find a comfortable pace for their clients. Some clients may progress at a faster rate, while others may require more help and assistance. A good trainer finds the right pace for the individual to maximise results for that person.

Communication

Your personal trainer should be able to explain things to you on the phone and teach you how to complete tasks without physically being present through every workout. We use our own ipad or phone app so our clients can access thier home or gym workouts with instructional easy to follow videos. Unless you train more than 3-4 times per week with a personal trainer, a good trainer will  give you “homework” so you can stay on the program between your scheduled sessions.

Professionalism

While it’s important to maintain a close relationship with a client, there also needs to be a level of professionalism. For instance phone calls and texting should NOT happen during your session. A good personal trainer should be completely focused on you, your workout an dyour fitness goal.

5  Education

Personal Trainers should be able to show you an appropriate fitness certification for their area of expertise. The very minimum a trainer should possess is a REPs Level 3 Personal Training Qualification. Most exams cover exercise physiology, program design, nutrition and functional anatomy. Each certification will offer different areas of expertise, but they are usually up to date with the latest fitness trends and research.

Personality

Once you have established that you want a trainer, you can start looking for them. See who offer a complimentary fitness evaluation to help you get acquainted with the trainer. As a client, you want to feel comfortable and trust that your  personal trainer has your best interests in mind. You should ask for references and testimonials, and most trainers will be flattered to show you the good work that they have done in the past.

If you would like a complimentary consultation with one of our wirral based personal trainers then get in touch via our contact page.