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Working with a personal trainer to help you achieve your fitness goals is great, but it can also be quite expensive.
If you’re planning on making the investment in your health and getting yourself a PT, here are a few things you need to know first.
Are they qualified?
This might sound obvious, but there are loads of so-called personal trainers out there that have not got any accredited certification.
Hiring a PT is literally putting your health into someone else’s hands, and so it is important that they know what they’re talking about and have the qualifications to prove it.
How much experience do they have?
Everyone has to start somewhere, but it might be better to pick your trainer who has tried and tested their techniques and who has a lot of experience in the industry.
Don’t be scared to ask them about their previous experience before becoming their client.
Is their philosophy in line with your fitness goals?
Some trainers might specialise in training outside; others may choose to stick solely to free weights. Different trainers will have different specialities and approaches to fitness.
Ask them about their philosophy, where it has come from and where their expertise lie.
They could be the best powerlifting trainer in the world, but if you want to work towards your first 10K, they might not be the one for you.
Do you feel comfortable with them?
One of the most important questions you need to ask yourself before picking your PT is whether or not you feel comfortable with them.
You want to choose someone who puts you at ease, while also pushing you to keep on smashing your goals.
If you’re unsure, any PT worth their salt should offer an introductory session so you can get to know their style and personality before committing to a programme.
How much do they charge?
You will find that personal trainers have vastly different hourly rates that can vary depending on their location, experience etc.
Before you begin your hunt, you want to seriously think about your budget and what your priorities are.
How accessible are they?
Consistency is key, so you want to make sure that your trainer is able to offer you the number of sessions you want.
You should also think about where they are based and whether you can realistically get to them 2 or 3 times a week.
What do other people think?
Last but not least, ask around and check out reviews!
They might be able to talk the talk, but client testimony will tell you if they really can walk the walk.
Head to Facebook and check out their social media platforms to see what their clients have to say and how they interact with them outside of the workplace.
Are you thinking about getting a PT? Let us know what’s on your checklist when it comes to choosing the right one for you.
If you are a PT, what do you think is important for your clients to know before beginning their programme?