Dr Susan Baxter
Choosing a personal trainer: what to look for and think about...
Updated: Mar 2
So you’re in need of a personal trainer or thinking of making a bit of a change in
your life and you are not sure where to start (or who to turn to).
You see, finding the right way to get into your fitness and health is very
important: it’s a make or break as to whether you want to continue or whether it
gets in the way of your results.
You might be confused or overwhelmed with all of the choices: inside or outside
sessions? Is the venue or fitness option close to you? Does it have availability
when you do too? Not everyone needs the same kind of personal trainer either,
there are personal trainers that are not for you, some people only need a person
to check in with them, or some people need someone to yell at them whilst
others need neither of these.
1. Experience, as well as knowledge is essential, especially if you are someone who is participating in a specialist activity (such as body sculpting)
2. Another aspect is communication: can the person communicate and relay the information knowledge and skills to you?
Not to mention: can they apply/tailor/individualise the program to you? Every aspect of health and fitness is not a one size fits all approach, so just because they have one tried and tested method, there should also be a greater awareness of how to tweak and what signs to look for to tweak.
3. Qualifications are essential too, and specialisation of these. You wouldn’t go to a butcher for your appendix surgery would you?
Are they able to relate to you? Like do they “get” you? This is essential to the relationship, since they are going to have access to as much info as a spouse would!
In each instance, there is no right person for all, (although there could be a “wrong for all”). Does the person only boast online about how amazing they are, or do they prove it? Are they the only person singing praises for themselves, or are there clients also singing these praises? Their business should be built on consistent realists, referrals from others and happy clients.
Click here for a comparison buyer's guide for picking a personal trainer or fitness class (I've compiled a table that compares Pilates, Yoga, Gym, strength training, walking.... all sorts of fitness classes). I also have some Ebooks you might want to check out!