How to Choose a Personal Trainer

If you’re thinking of getting a personal trainer to help you achieve your goals there are a few things that you need to take into consideration. You are about to make an investment in your health, lifestyle and fitness and it is vital that you find the right personal trainer to help YOU achieve YOUR goals. Here are a few things that you should take into consideration:

> Ask Questions: when you are looking for a personal trainer, chances are you’ve Googled it, or gone by a recommendation from a friend, family member or colleague. When contacting a personal trainer, or personal training company for the first time you should ask for a free consultation so that you can interview the trainer and ask questions. If they do not offer this service, find someone else. All trainers should be willing to meet with you, free of charge in the first instance. Here are some questions you could ask:

  • What kind of experience and qualifications do you have?
  • What sort of motivational techniques do you use? How will you keep me accountable?
  • What sort of workout plan would you devise for me based on ….. goals?
  • How often will my workout plan change?
  • Do you have current clients I could speak to regarding your training?

> Reputation – You’ve most probably been given a few recommendations from friends as to who or what company you should go to for personal training. It’s really important that you check these out by looking at their website for testimonials from their current or previous clients. If your goal is fat loss for example, and you see positive testimonials from previous clients who have had success in this area then the next step would be to give this trainer, or company a phone call. Don’t be afraid to ask for contact details of some of their clients so that you can speak to them, ask them questions and get real LIVE testimonials. Any reputable personal trainer will be more than happy to do this. 

>  Experience & Qualifications – Make sure your personal trainer is fully qualified and EXPERIENCED in their chosen field (relating to your goals of course, be that fat loss, strength and conditioning, weight gain, body building etc). Ask to see their qualifications if you are unsure. It would also be a good idea to ask to see examples of their previous successes with clients. Be aware that anybody can become a “qualified personal trainer” in around 6 weeks nowadays with fast-track courses. This does not mean that they are qualified to be giving you advice on your goals. Experience is priceless. If you are looking for advice with your diet or nutrition – make sure the personal trainer you choose is QUALIFIED to give you this advice as this does not come as standard with a personal training qualification. The job title “Personal Trainer” is not regulated and your next door neighbour could call themselves this without any qualifications. 

> What sort of training packages do they offer? 

  • What kind of packages do they offer? Normally, the more sessions to buy in advance, the cheaper it becomes per session. Also ask for payment options – do you need to pay the full amount up front or can you pay in installments?
  • Can you buy individual sessions? 
  • What is the refund policy? 
  • Do they offer group training sessions? If you can find a couple of friends to train with that have similar goals, it is going to cost you less per person if you train as a group. Most Personal trainers offer this option. 
  • If you buy a package, make sure you ask if it has an expiry date on it. Make sure you are able to use all the sessions you book before the block expires. Most personal trainers have an expiry date on block bookings so make sure you check. 
  • Make sure your personal trainer can commit to training you at times that suit you. If they can’t commit – find someone who can.
  • What sort of fitness assessments will you be required to undertake? Your personal trainer should keep you accountable for your results but taking measurements or asking you to take measurements and record these. How will you be kept accountable for them?
  • What is their cancellation policy? Most personal trainers will have a 24-48 hour cancellation policy whereby if you cancel a session at late notice, you will be required to forfeit that session.

> Do You “Click”? – So you’ve had your free consultation, you’ve asked the questions you need to ask and got some answers. How do you feel about the person sat across from you? Do they interact well with you, are they chatty, do they seem interested in your goals? What is your gut feeling saying about them? Would you trust them? If the answer is yes, then it might be time to check out their testimonials, speak to current clients and find out a bit more. If your gut feeling says no, walk away and start the process again. There are lots of different types of personal trainers out there, and you need to find one that you connect with otherwise you will be wasting yours and their time.

Warning Signs to Look Out For

The first warning sign to look out for is a personal trainer who tries to sell you supplements of any kind. Many trainers earn commission for the products they sell, which could be a conflict of interest. For the vast majority (excluding body building), supplements including protein powders, fat burners including but not limited to raspberry ketones, CLA, T5s and others should never be necessary to achieve your goals. These are not regulated nor have any valid scientific backing to prove they do what they say on the packet. Your trainer should focus on you getting all your nutritional needs from a healthy and balanced diet. Find a trainer who isn’t going to push these kinds of products in order for you to achieve your goals. 

 

I hope this has helped you in your search for your personal trainer… and if all else fails – pop to http://www.walkthetalkfitness.co.uk. You can trust us to change your world. 

Let Food Be Thy Medicine…

Be the change you want to see in the world...

Then…

Outside: Smiling, bursting at the seams with energy, happy, relentless & at your service come rain, hail, shit or snow..

Inside: Constantly fighting a horrible fucking illness that doesn’t ever go away. Popping pills every day to get me out the door, stressed out to the max with work issues and a whole host of other stuff going on in my head….

Now…

Outside: The same as before but this time it’s more real than before… There are more real days than “fake” days like there were before…

Inside: Taken control of my illness, made some positive moves in the right direction to finally address the problems & am now on a winding road to hopefully feeling better! A little less stressed out & learning new things daily!

As some of you reading this may know, and some of you won’t – (and I won’t go into it in…

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Let Food Be Thy Medicine…

Then…

Outside: Smiling, bursting at the seams with energy, happy, relentless & at your service come rain, hail, shit or snow..

Inside: Constantly fighting a horrible fucking illness that doesn’t ever go away. Popping pills every day to get me out the door, stressed out to the max with work issues and a whole host of other stuff going on in my head….

Now…

Outside: The same as before but this time it’s more real than before… There are more real days than “fake” days like there were before…

Inside: Taken control of my illness, made some positive moves in the right direction to finally address the problems & am now on a winding road to hopefully feeling better! A little less stressed out & learning new things daily!

As some of you reading this may know, and some of you won’t – (and I won’t go into it in any great depth other than please know that my symptoms are/were chronic) I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (or IBS) and anxiety and have done for the best part of 10 years. After seeing specialists both privately and on the NHS it was eventually decided that I would need to “learn to live with it” and for years after this that is exactly what I did! (http://walkthetalkfitness.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/confessions-of-a-group-exercise-instructor.html – you can read more about my journey here).

In December 2013 I was listening to a Podcast that I regularly listen to – Ben Coomber Radio (I highly recommend this) and there was a couple on the show talking about digestive health and gut related issues & it really hit home with me. After trying relentlessly for the past 2 years to balance my eating habits to help my IBS as well as to bring my body fat % down – I had been close to discovering the answer but kept giving up because I wasnt seeing the results I wanted quickly enough! So I listened carefully to the information being given and realised that not only was my IBS completely out of control, as was my anxiety at this time, but that all of my problems were basically down to my gut – which, to put it politely – was fucked!!

I knew I couldn’t go on the way I was going, working crazy hours, getting hassle from work, going through lawyers and all sorts of other shit to try and clear my name of some vicious lies that cost me a chunk of income, plus dealing with my stress triggered IBS symptoms all at once! My decision was made for me – I HAD to find someone to help me, to train me, to get my health back so that I could continue to train others and further my business before I hit the wall….. And I was close to hitting it – trust me!

I had to sign myself up with a coach to be accountable to – and that’s when I found Wilde Performance – through Ben’s podcast. I’m now going into my sixth week of nutritional therapy with them and it has opened my eyes to so many new things, I have broken barriers I never thought I could and I have done all this whilst working through the busiest time EVER for the fitness industry! I’m just at the very beginning if my journey but I wanted to share some chunks of it with you, and hopefully you can take something away from it that may help you in the future too…

Part 2 soon…