Although most personal trainers will be well qualified and able to help you out, there will be some who see it as an easy job and are more interested in meeting people than helping them get fit. To make sure you only work with someone who has your best interest at heart, here are some tips to help you weed out the less than desirable ones. If you want a trainer who is dedicated, well-trained and able to build a good relationship, ask yourself "do they care" and if you can say yes, then start your sessions.
How to Know Who to Choose
- Are they vain? They should be watching what you do not looking at themselves in the mirror. If you are the focus of attention then you will be fine.
- Do you feel inspired? If you want to hear their advice and act upon it then you should be fine. If he looks like he works out and eats well, then he knows what he is talking about.
- Do you feel like you are spending time with a friend when you meet? If this is the case it will be hard to get the most from the session. You are there for a purpose and that is to get fit not have a chat.
While all items in the gym will be useful for some, there are certain pieces that have no place in the program of a personal trainer. The treadmill may be great for cardio work, but you can do that at another stage, not while you are paying someone to train you. You should get everything you can from the trainer and if you are exercising without their input you don't really need them.
Track Your Progress
In each session, you should be shown your progress. If this does not happen, how do you know if they are helping you? If it is too much trouble for your personal trainer to keep a record for you, can you trust them? You are not going to know if you are improving and they cannot have much confidence in their own ability. When you come in, you should be working from start to finish. The first thing should be the discussion about the day's session, and what you will do. If they have not got a plan, then what are you paying them for? The plan should be detailed - even determining when you have a rest.
A personal trainer should not just be looking at the time you spend together. It may help them financially to keep you tied to them, but they should be looking at helping you after the sessions have finished. If you are working with someone who is planning an exit strategy once you near your goal, ditch them. You want someone to steer you to the right path and help you stay there. This does not mean you always should stay with them, just that they should help you fly not push you off the branch.