Having been a Personal trainer now for over 3 decades it would be a massive understatement to say that nothing has changed this last year!
We have seen business shut and the health & fitness sector has certainly done it tough going into tough lockdown’s first. Now that we are back to some normality although will never be back to pre-2019 I have seen people’s attitudes change especially with the way they view their health & fitness.
The move it or lose it approach has certainly been tested in 2020 you see when our muscle stop contracting, and we lose the drive to exercise and we are in constant calorie surplus well the “Houston we have a problem”!
Undergoing a fitness regime is tough most of the time and what is even tougher are the lies you are told to by large fitness facilities and long-term contract’s your often required to sign with all its fine print.
Nowadays with thanks to search engine’s and social media we can pick a good facility not just based on convenience but also based on results and word of mouth and reviews.
12 Things To Consider When Choosing A Personal Trainer
Here are a few things you need to think about when undergoing a fitness regime and picking the facility and personal trainer that is right for you.
1. Distance from the gym to home
You should ideally be no more than a 15-minute drive to and from your gym this will eliminate the guess work and annoying traffic or road hazards that we often see more and more of each day.
2. Are you a morning person or evening person
Most good gym’s offer semi group and one to one class early morning and evening so it is a good idea to check their timetable and do your best to stick with that schedule book your Personal Train ing sessions just like a meeting block the time out and again allow the distance to and from the gym.
3. Is this a secret mission
What I mean by this is that have you told your partner you are undergoing a health body audit; you see your partner will hopefully eventually find out sooner than later so be sure to involve them that way you have prying eyes on you should you reach for the cookie jar late at night.
4. Have you pimped your sports wear
There is no better feeling than putting on your new gym clothes to help reset old habits, so why not go get that favourite active wear you have been wanting and enjoy the new you.
5. Is your trainer the right fit for you
If you are undertaking a one-on-one personal training or semi-private session you want to be sure that your trainer has a good sense of humour after all you will be spending the most important part of your day with them. Some ques to know they are is
A, they are there ready for you and show up on time
B, they ask about your overall health nutrition and how your day has been
C, they give you honest feedback on how your progressing
D, they make the workout fun
6. Does your trainer have a vested interest in your long-term health
As a veteran trainer its ok to ask to see some of your trainers case studies this could be someone similar to you in structure body type and how you may of approached there overall fitness, most trainers would be proud to show you there success stories on how they changed someone life (pictures also tell a great story so be sure to see some before ana after’s)in the event they have neither perhaps a quick phone call to past client would also go a long way.
7. Does you facility have good health practices in place
I am not just talking sanitise stations but also first aid kits and a defibrillator are the toilet’s kept clean and does the gym look like it has been struck by a tornado or all the weight’s in proper order.
8. What about the investment and fine print
Most good facilities offer monthly direct debit with the option to terminate given ample notice, it surprises me when people can go out spend 100 on a bottle of wine and then question the personal training fee’s, the old you pay for what you get holds true- especially when it comes to experience and a qualified personal trainer.
9. What is the best package for me
When undergoing a Personal Training program there are a few things to consider in terms of cost and affordability.
A, what is my monthly budget
B, Can I share the cost with another friend or my partner
C, how committed I am to reach my goal
Most good facilities offer a payment plan, and it becomes more attractive the longer you commit
So, ask yourself on a scale of 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest how committed are you in really achieving your goals and what is the accountability factor you need, or can you do it on your own as a gym member, studies show that having a trainer keep you on track and fast track your goals by more than 12 months.
10. How many sessions should I have on a weekly basis
The general rule of thumb is 3×45 -60-minute sessions a week be it one on one or semi-private if your just doing gym membership you need to look at 4 times a week.
11. When can I expect results
Generally, its like asking how long a piece of string is! But you can expect results in as little as the first week things like better sleep, less pain and generally feeling much better and more functional with everyday activities such as making the bed or doing the laundry.
12. Should I work out in the mornings or evenings
I like to say do the hard things first get that out of the way rise and shine your body is alert in the mornings and it may take some getting used to but before you know you will be jumping out of bed.
So, in a nutshell, make sure you want to make sure you chose your Personal Trainer or gym just as important as you choose your accountant always looking out for you and keeping your best interest in hand and you will be sure to be laughing with health each and every day.
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