Tips For Choosing The Right PT

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Choosing the right PT is essential to achieving the results you want

Have an exercise goal that you’re trying to achieve? If so, you might be thinking about hiring a personal trainer.

You know that a personal trainer may be able to get you to that end point you hope to reach, but have no idea how to go about hiring one.

Many people often find themselves in this position and if they aren’t careful, they can make a big mistake, hiring a trainer who simply isn’t right for them.

Considering the fact that these trainers do charge a decent amount per hour, it’s not a mistake you want to be making.

Let’s go over some of the key pointers to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a personal trainer to work with.

Check Their Education

The very first thing that you should look at is the one that most people realise, their education. 

You should take a look at whether they have a university degree or a TAFE course that certified them to become a trainer.

The greater their educational background is, usually, the better their knowledge will be as well.

Take note though, there are some exceptions to this rule. If the individual has a number of years of experience and has had client results to show, this can make up for a lack of formal education.

Remember that just because they didn’t go to school doesn’t mean they couldn’t have been doing their own personal research as they themselves went about their fitness journey.

Ask about their education, but don’t make it a firm requirement for considering them.

Assess Their Background

Which brings us to the next point, their background.  What type of clients have they worked with in the past?

You want to check on this to ensure they are specialised to work with you.

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Asking about education and experience are vital in hiring a PT

For instance, if you’re 40 years old and are looking to begin an exercise program for the first time in your life, you likely don’t want a trainer who has exclusively worked with male bodybuilders in the past.

They simply aren’t in touch with your own needs and goals.

Find a trainer who works with others who are as close to you as possible.

This will ensure they have the experience behind them to deal with your unique situation.
Of course some trainers may have a few specialties, but do make sure that they have worked with at least some clients who you can relate to.

Inquire About Their Availability

The next step is to look at their availability.  Are they going to be readily available to work with you when needed?  Are they only working certain hours during the day?  How fast do they book up?

Unless you are very flexible in your own time schedule, you’ll want to find a trainer who is readily available during the hours that you want to exercise.

If they are heavily booked with clients, realise that it may be weeks between sessions waiting if you are not booking in well ahead of time.

This is not the scenario you want to find yourself in as it can really harm motivation and can lead to stagnant results, especially if you’re new and can’t workout on your own yet without assistance.

Look At Success Stories

You might also want to consider asking any trainer you’re thinking of working with to see success stories they’ve had in the past.

Before and After

Does your PT have ‘before and after’ photos of clients they’ve trained?

This goes hand in hand with researching on their background.

What have they helped others do before you?  Do you like the results they’ve achieved?

If the trainer has no success stories to their name, this gives you a good idea how credible they may be.

Of course it’s not just the trainers fault when a client doesn’t see success (the client must do what the trainer tells them to and be watching their diet), but no success stories is a reason to worry.

If these aren’t posted somewhere, you may find that you need to ask the trainer to show you them, but don’t be afraid to do so.

Any trainer who takes pride in their work should have a few to show you of clients they are truly proud of.

Check Their Training Style

You might also want to consider asking the trainer what style of exercise they most often utilise.

For instance, if you are someone who prefers bodyweight training over free weights, you don’t want to get paired up with a trainer who prefers using dumbbells and barbells.

This simply won’t be a good fit for your training preferences.

Remember that there are many ways that you can get fit and exercise, so you should never be forced into doing something that you really just don’t like.

If you are, find a trainer who can help you achieve your goals using a manner that you will actually enjoy.

When you enjoy exercise, you’re that much more likely to stick with it and put in the effort that’s needed to see optimal success.

Factor In Cost

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A PT will track your progress and help keep you focused

Next up you’ll want to consider one of the primary determinants of whether you work with this trainer: cost.

Personal trainers can vary considerably when it comes to the rates they charge, so shop around.

You might also want to consider looking at commercial gym facilities, private studios, as well as traveling trainers who come to work in your home.

Each one will have a different rate and you can see which is going to work best for you.

Also consider any membership costs you may have to pay for the gym when considering this as well.

You might also want to inquire about whether they offer small group personal training sessions, with two or three other individuals.

If they do, this can also help bring your costs down nicely if budget is a concern.

Always keep in mind that with personal training, you don’t always get what you pay for.

Some trainers may be working in clubs that charge a high amount and take a large cut of that profit, so it’s not the actual trainer that’s inflating their rates.

Do a Trial Run

Finally, consider doing a trial run.  Before you sign up for a package of 10 or more sessions with a trainer (which will also often come with a discount), be sure that you do a trial session or two first.

You want to see what type of trainer they are and if you work well with them.

Some people have personalities that just don’t mesh well and this would mean you need to continue your search.

You do need to feel comfortable around your trainer. While some trainers will take a more dictator like approach to their training, you should never be afraid to talk to them or voice your concerns about your progress.

If you are, this is a very good sign they may not be the trainer for you.

So keep these points in mind and always remember to do some good research when you’re about to hire a personal trainer.

While it will take some time to do on your part, it will be well worth it when you have an excellent experience with that trainer and see fantastic results.