9 Things You Must Know Before Hiring a Personal Trainer

Personal Training has become the fastest growing aspect of the fitness industry. Much of this is due to the hectic nature of our lives today. We have little time to ourselves and we need convenience, efficiency and safety in our workouts. Personal Trainers are the ideal professional to help create and monitor exercise programs, but how do you know that the trainer you hire is qualified and experienced? How do you know that the relationship between you and your trainer will be the right one for you? Before you hire a trainer, make sure that you have all the answers to these 9 questions:

1.  Is the personal trainer certified?

Personal training has come a long way from the days when “gym junkies” morphed into trainers. Every trainer must have a comprehensive certification or an exercise science related degree. Beware! There are many correspondence courses which certify personal trainers—these are not generally acceptable. Your personal trainer’s certification should include scientific and practical testing and should have required extensive studying.

Our trainers are backed by degrees in Exercise Science, Master Trainer Qualifications and Sports Trainer Certificates. All PersonalTrainer2You trainers are certified with a minimum of a Certificate IV in Fitness, and each hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate

2.  Does the personal trainer have years of experience with clients like you?

Extensive experience along with a certification. Your trainer needs to have trained clients like you. Don’t hire a personal trainer that specialises in working with bodybuilders if you are a 50 year old non-exerciser.

Our trainers have countless combined years of solid experience in many different settings. Each trainer has experience with a variety of clients all with differing goals and needs. In your initial consultation, we will delve into your goals to get to the heart of where you want to go and what goals you want to achieve. It is only after we understand this that we will select the right trainer for you.

3.  Does the personal trainer offer a free consult?

Like any other professional, you should interview a personal trainer before hiring them. A free phone or in-person consult will allow you to get a sense of whether you and this trainer will get along, as the trainer/client relationship is one of trust and intimacy.

Not only do we offer a free consultation, we offer a free trial session to ensure that you are 100% happy with your personal trainer. After all, you will be spending a lot of time with this person, so you will want to be completely satisfied.

4.  Does the personal trainer educate himself/herself on a regular basis?

All certifications require that the trainer take continuing education courses to maintain the personal trainer certification. Your trainer should be excited about educating themselves. Learning the latest information and techniques should be a joy, not just a “requirement”.

All personal trainers in Australia are required to keep a certain number of credits up each year for their certification to remain current. On top to this, here at Personaltrainer2You, we believe in coaching and mentoring. Each trainer is mentored by our head trainer and attends fortnightly one-on-one meetings to ensure their development is on track.

5.  Does the personal trainer push supplements or other pills and potions?

We all know that in some nutritional situations, vitamin, mineral or other types of supplements may be necessary. But, this varies widely from client to client, and may require a nutritionist or physician to make the best decision for you and your health. Your personal trainer should not be trying to push you into buying any type of supplement that they sell.

We have a holistic approach to nutrition and recommend a balanced diet consisting of organic meats, fresh fruits, seasonal vegetables and whole grains. We do not push supplements, pills or potions.

6.  Does the personal trainer take a careful medical history and perform evaluative tests to assess your health and fitness  status prior to beginning training?
All trainers should get a clear medical history and perform a number of pre-exercise evaluations such as postural assessments, flexibility testing, body composition, cardiovascular efficiency and more. Without these, you cannot be sure your program will be both safe and effective.

In your first consultation, you will undergo a complete body composition assessment which will measure your:

  • BMI – Body mass index
  • Metabolic age
  • Body fat
  • Visceral fat
  • Muscle mass
  • Bone mass

The results may or may not surprise you! This benefit of a body composition assessment is that it will give you an insight into key health indicators that will enable you to monitor the impact of changes to your lifestyle.

Your trainer will also conduct initial fitness assessment with you.

7.  Does the trainer’s personality, demeanor and attitude feel intuitively right for you?

There are thousands of personality variations, and each trainer and client must decide if they are a good fit for each other. Is the trainer upbeat and motivational? Or, angry and demanding? Some clients are motivated by one of these personality types—make sure you feel motivated and excited by the personal trainer you choose.

Choosing the right personal trainer for you is a very personal choice! We believe in a positive and encouraging personal training culture, and only select trainers who live and breathe these values.

8.  Are you willing and able to make the necessary lifestyle changes the trainer will ask of you?

So often when focusing on hiring a personal trainer, the client forgets the most important factor—are THEY ready and willing? Hate exercise? Unwilling to eat lean meats, fruits and vegetables and give up cakes and beer? Then you are not ready to hire a personal trainer. No one can make you change unless YOU are ready.

We require a 10 out of 10 commitment from you to achieve your goals before we will sign you up to train with us. If you don’t have a 10 out of 10 commitment, the partnership will not be effective and you are unikely to achieve results.

9.  Do you have unrealistic or unachievable expectations?
You will frustrate both yourself and your trainer if you have ridiculous expectations such as losing 6 kilos in two weeks or weighing what you weighed in high school. Weight loss and changing the physical body is hard work! And, by the way—your personal trainer should be open and truthful about the amount of work it will take for you to achieve your goals.

We help you to set achievable goals and work with you to realise your potential!

Working with a personal trainer is both rewarding and educational and is the most effective, safe way to get and stay healthy. By carefully choosing your trainer, and making sure you are ready, your success is guaranteed!


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