What should I look for when choosing a personal trainer?

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What should I look for when choosing a personal trainer?

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Finding a personal trainer isn’t a difficult task, but knowing what to look for in your choice of trainer can be a little more challenging. We know you’re eager to book your first session and start working towards shaping that body you’ve always wanted, but before you do, make sure you take note of our tips on how to select the right trainer for you.

1) Are they qualified?

Do not assume that your personal trainer is adequately qualified. Make sure that you see their qualifications and that these qualifications have been accredited by a legitimate certification body. Your personal trainer should also be keeping his/her qualification current, and their knowledge up-to-date. In addition, your chosen personal trainer should be a certified first aider. If an accident does occur, you should be comfortable in the knowledge that your personal trainer can look after you until further professional help arrives.

2) Is your personal trainer insured?

As with their qualifications, you must ensure that your personal trainer is adequately insured. Insurance differs from trainer to trainer, some may be privately insured whilst some may be covered by the gym/company they work for. Make sure you enquire about this.

“Insurance verified” will appear within the basic info of any trainer registered to Training Nation if they have provided proof by way of document upload. If you do not see “insurance verified” under their name, make sure you ask them about their insurance status. Please note however that a lack of “insurance verified” does not mean that they do not have insurance as many personal trainers are covered by their gym and/or company.

3) Medical and fitness evaluation

Before putting you through your first workout, a good personal trainer will give you a full medical and fitness evaluation. Your personal trainer will need to know your history in order to help you achieve your goals in the safest way possible. For example, if you suffer from a heart condition, the last thing you should be doing is a intense HIIT session!

4) Your fitness program

Your fitness program must be tailored to you and your individual needs and goals. There are many different types of programs available, each best suited to a specific training goal, for example, are you training to build muscle, lose fat, gain strength or are you looking for a sports specific program? Your personal trainer should take this into account and structure your program accordingly.

5) Costs

Make sure your chosen personal trainer costs are completely up front and transparent. You should be fully aware how much you are paying and what you are paying for.

6) References

Do not be afraid to ask for references. Your trainer will be providing a intimate personal service (for a price) and so you should be completely confident that your chosen trainer is the right trainer for you.

*The views and/or opinions expressed in the blogs are not necessarily those of Training Nation, but of the author

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