So you’ve decided to take the first step towards a healthier lifestyle. Good job! Opting for a dedicated personal trainer will help you achieve your desired fitness goals faster.
However, personal trainers can be both a valuable and a harmful asset (if you choose the wrong type). Here’s what you need to look into before signing the papers.
1. Don’t Bargain With Your Health
Opting for a more affordable personal trainer (or Maggie from next door, who has lost 20 pounds and now teaches others her techniques) will likely end up being a waste of your time and money. You’ll get no results or worse – get you set back months in your training.
London personal trainers aren’t that cheap. But they are worth every penny they charge.
2. Do a Quick Background Check
Reputable personal trainers have credential and certifications in place. If you already have the names, look them up on REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) and NRPT (The National Register of Personal Trainers). These are “credibility indicators” as both organizations carefully vet their members and list only accomplished professionals.
3. Don’t Opt for a Generalist
Choosing a “Jack of all trades, master of none” type of personal trainer will compromise your success. Choose to partner with a trainer, who specializes in certain areas e.g. muscle gain, Cross Fit or Conditioning.
At our place, we employ personal trainers in London with different sports backgrounds and match-make them with the clients accordingly.
4. Pop In For a Quick Chat
Before scheduling the first training session, come by to the studios and ask to chat with the chosen candidate. A great personal trainer will be “guilty” of the following:
- They will listen very carefully to your full story.
- They will ask you about your health goals.
- They will inquire about your past injuries and experiences with other trainers/classes.
- They will look into your nutrition.
- They will outline clear expectations of what you can achieve and how long it may take.
5. Sneak Peek at Their Work
Personal trainers styles and personalities differ a lot. Ask to watch them working with other clients in a group session to get a better idea of their training style, motivation techniques, and personality in general.
6. Chat With Former Trainees
Great personal trainers won’t be shy to brag about their past clients’ results. If they feel reluctant about setting you up with a former trainee, consider this a red flag.
7. Avoid The Jargon Speakers
When personal trainers drop too many fitness terms and exercise names in one sentence without further explaining the purpose of those, you should be questioning their actual professionalism. Those might be mere “conventional wisdom” sharers, repeating what they were told at a basic 4-week certification class, rather than true professionals.
8. Consider The Location
Spending an hour commuting to the studio may quickly become a motivation killer. Choose a personal studio nearby or the one offering training at flexible locations e.g. outdoors, in a private studio or at home.
9. Progress Tracking
A decent personal trainer will immediately outline the key KPIs for monitoring your progress. Weight loss, strength gains, and PRs are some of the metrics you should be tracking together.
10. Ask About Their Flexibility
A personal trainer is personal because they always have time for you. Hence, it’s ok to inquire how flexible they are in terms of scheduling sessions and weather you’ll have room to wiggle. Get to know in advance about their cancellation policy, how far ahead you need to book them and how re-scheduling works.