A good personal trainer can mean the difference between you smashing your personal weight loss and health goals. There’s a few key things to look out for when choosing your personal trainer, read on for our quick guide to help you on your fitness journey.
This one is absolutely essential, a qualified personal trainer is non-negotiable. You need to make sure that the trainer you’re hiring has the minimum qualifications necessary before you consider them. In Australia, the minimum is a Certificate IV in Fitness and then they can go on to complete a specialisation (children, aqua training, elderly, etc) or a Diploma of Fitness, which is more advanced.
But don’t stop there. Ensuring your personal trainer has the minimum requirements is the first step, enquiring about any further training and courses they’ve done that will be specific to what you need is how you find a personal trainer that will help you go the extra mile.
You should steer clear of any self-taught personal trainers without formal qualifications, those who don’t have insurance that covers you for injury (public liability and professional indemnity insurance) or any who aren’t registered with the appropriate fitness associations for your country.
This might take a few goes to get right, but you should make sure your trainer makes you feel comfortable and is the right amount of motivating to be compatible with your personality. If you’re someone who thrives off hard motivation and a trainer who will be tough with you, go for that. But if you need a bit more support and understanding, go for a trainer who will be patient with you and push you only as hard as you need to be pushed.
Finding a trainer that meshes with your personality and motivates you to reach your goals in the right way is priceless and will mean you get the most benefit out of the experience. Don’t be afraid to tell your trainer what you need and want, open communication is your best tool here.
Budget is important when hiring a personal trainer and it’s good to know what to expect. You’ll be looking at a $40-$100 hourly cost generally, depending on the type of training and the quality of the personal trainer. Try not to compromise too much in this department because you really can’t put a price on your health and the money will be worth it once you hit your fitness goals.
Bonus tip: Getting a group together for a fitness class with a personal trainer might be a good idea if you’re on a tight budget. You’ll get less one-on-one attention but it means you can split the cost with a few friends if this is something your trainer offers.
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This is not essential but a big bonus. For example, training and exercise may be structured differently for those looking to lose weight on a ketogenic diet than for those looking to bulk up and build muscle mass quickly. A good knowledge of diet and nutrition should help you reach your health and fitness goals faster.
Finding a personal trainer that suits you is an exciting and fulfilling experience that will help you blow your fitness goals out of the water. Be sure to take your time and do the necessary research into your potential trainer to make sure they’ve got the right qualifications, experience, training style and price to suit your needs. Then get ready to reap the benefits – your future self and your health will thank you for it!