You’ve told yourself that it’s time to get in shape, and this time, you are going to hire a fitness personal trainer. Perhaps you have seen fitness training offered at your gym, or you have read yet another article about a celebrity’s transformation into an Adonis by following a brutal but foolproof regimen.
To affect any meaningful, longterm change, you must commit yourself and persist, even when the going gets tough. You and your personal trainer will be working together during the course of your metamorphosis; it’s a important relationship you must cultivate. To ensure mutual trust and a higher likelihood of success, there are a number of questions you should ask both yourself and your prospective trainer.
Questions to Ask Yourself
1. What is it that you want to achieve, realistically? Do you want to build core strength and stability? Do you want to change the way you look? Are you looking to lose fat, build muscle, or both? Your trainer will need to know your goals in order to develop the most effective regime for you.
2. What is the best approach for your trainer to take with you? Be honest. Some people need a drill sergeant, no matter how much they will complain about it. Others need to feel encouraged and validated. Your trainer will need to know how to get through to you and to keep you motivated.
3. Are you more comfortable with a male or female trainer? Do you work better as part of a group, a duo, or are you a lone wolf? Again, the more you stack the deck in such a way that you follow through with your training plan, the more effective your training will be.
4. How much are you willing and prepared to pay? If you are not willing to invest in this endeavor, you need to be honest with yourself: you can’t expect to receive months or years of service for nothing. If you are more interested in a cheap solution, subscribe to a fitness magazine or stick to YouTube videos.
5. Are you physically ready to train? Do you suffer from high blood pressure, or any other condition that must be taken into consideration? Have you been cleared by your doctor? Your trainer will need this information to make sure that your training does not compromise your health.
Questions to Ask Your Trainer
1. How experienced is your trainer? This may seem like an obvious inquiry, but it’s more than “how long have you been doing this?” Although trainers are largely unregulated, there are certification programs and university/college classes available. By keeping up with the latest fitness knowledge and best practices, your trainer is better prepared to serve your needs. How much your trainer knows about nutrition is also important; fitness is as much about what you put in your body.
2. Does your trainer have a specialization? Obviously, your chances of success are higher if your trainer knows from experience what needs to be done. If your trainer’s past clients are mostly body builders, the regimen to get you to a ballet dancer body may have to be made from scratch, and there will be no existing performance measures to gauge how well it’s going.
3. What is your trainer’s pricing scheme? It is best to speak about this upfront so that cost does not become an unexpected factor later on. If there was an incentive sign up rate, when will it change? Is there a payment schedule? Are there penalties?
4. What is your trainer’s style? This goes with Question 2 in the previous section. You need to make sure that you and your trainer are a good fit in order to maximize your chances of success. Pay attention during your initial interactions. Do you feel comfortable? Does your trainer instill confidence in you? Are you enthused about starting?
5. Ask your trainer what kind of results should you expect, and how the two of you will go about achieving them. This serves two purposes. You will get an idea of what’s in store for you and what role your trainer will be playing. You will also be able to assess how forthright your trainer will be. If your trainer promises you miraculous results, you may be skewing your expectations; if these expectations aren’t met, that will affect your confidence in your trainer and yourself.
Asking these sorts of questions will help you find a fitness trainer most attuned to your needs and who is in the best position to get you to your goals. More importantly, it primes both of you for honest and continuing communication, which is essential as you move ahead, because changes may be needed to the approach, program, or payment arrangements as time goes on.
On the subject of Personal Trainers, here is a funny video about personal trainers trying junk food lol.