You’ve finally decided you want to take your fitness to the next level and need to start looking for a personal trainer. And, I want to say CONGRATS!!!!! That’s awesome, and I wish you the best!!
You’ve been going at it alone for awhile now, and you’re at a loss. The pounds don’t seem to be dropping, you’re not getting stronger like you want to, or, you’re aching in new places when the goal was to start feeling better. Or maybe, you’re just starting out, and you don’t know where to begin. Either way, it’s time for some professional help. You want to call in the experts. You need a trainer to co-pilot you towards your goals.
After you’ve made the decision to work with a personal trainer; how do you decide who to work with? After all, you should be choosy when finding a personal trainer to work with. Why? Because 1) you’re spending hard earned money on services with this trainer….they better be worth it, and 2) this person is going to be someone who does more than tells you what to do and count reps (Hopefully….If you’ve got yourself a rep counter, fire him/her. You know how to count on your own). This person is going to talk with you about your personal goals, your successes, and your struggles. They’re going to educate you on proper form and technique. They’re going to prescribe specific workouts to help you with YOUR personal needs. They should be more than just a trainer. They should be your co-pilot in helping you facilitate change.
So, when looking for a trainer, make sure to check out what certifications they have. THEY NEED TO BE CERTIFIED!!! If their certifications aren’t listed on their website or business card, ask them who they are certified through. A few of the big certifying bodies to look for are ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), ACE (American Council on Exercise), NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). There are others out there, but these are some fairly common names you’ll see with trainers. Do you want someone with a college degree helping you out? The body is an incredibly complex system, and people have gone to school to study Exercise Science (Yep, it’s a real thing!!) or similar fields; understanding the effects that exercise has on the body. They understand the anatomy and physiology. Also, do you need someone with any specialty certifications? For example, I have a certification through NASM that qualifies me as a Corrective Exercise Specialist. Do you need someone who works with special populations due to a chronic condition? Do your homework!
Okay, you’ve found out this trainer is legit. They are certified. they have some good reviews online. Think you’ve found the one? I would recommend getting to know you’re trainer. Whatever your fitness goals are, they’re very personal. Make sure you and your trainer are on the same page. Do you like their style? Do you want someone in your face telling you to push harder and that you can’t stop until your done, or do you want someone who is more flexible with their training and more relaxed in giving you instruction? Do your personalities vibe? Do you like their philosophy on training? Are they going to keep you accountable? Do they focus on your goals, or do they have their own goals for you? Do they record your progress? When you’re talking with them, does the conversation focus on them or you? If you see them working with other clients, how involved and engaged do they look? Are they they on their phones checking Instagram or eating food while working? The list goes on and on.
When first meeting with a trainer looking to begin training with them, feel free to go in with tons of questions. After all, you deserve only the best. Ask tons of questions, and pick their brains a bit. After all, this could be a long term relationship, and you want to look forward to working with your trainer. You want someone who is going to help you reach your fullest potential. THIS IS YOUR BODY!!! THESE WILL BE YOUR RESULTS!!! GIVE YOURSELF THE BEST!!! YOU DESERVE IT!!!