So you’re ready to hire a trainer. Congratulations! This is an important step in your health and fitness journey. But how will you decide who will guide you? Here are some tips to help you through the process of choosing wisely.
A personal trainer should have valid certificates or diplomas from nationally recognized and reputable institutions. Many organizations require trainers to stay current and recertify after completing continuing education credits and CPR/First Aid classes. Before you are trust this person with your body, make sure she knows what she’s doing AND that she has Personal Training Insurance.
Ask your personal trainer about her personal fitness philosophy and make sure it gels with yours. With the right match, you will stay motivated and on point.
Your first conversation with your trainer needs to address your goals and your injury/health history. If a trainer tells you that she can get you in shape without asking about these two crucial points...RUN!
This is a dynamic profession that is constantly adjusting as new research comes out. Find out what resources your trainer uses to stay abreast of recent studies, inquire about her most recent professional conferences, and ask about which fitness professionals she follows.
Of trainers who only practice one training method. There are many right ways to succeed.
Of trainers who are quick to sell you a product or supplement. You can get a great workout without fancy gadgets and expensive powders.
Of trainers who don’t require a 2-3 month commitment. A trainer who doesn’t schedule regular sessions over the course of 8-12 weeks is probably not writing an individualized program for you.
The Next Step
Once you’ve chosen the right personal trainer to lead you into a healthier lifestyle, remember that change takes time. Be patient. Be persistent. Be strong.
Jordana Kagan is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Association of Strength and Conditioning. From New York to Netanya, Jordana has been helping people reach their aesthetic and sports performance goals since 2007.