06 Dec How to Choose the Best Personal Trainer for Your Needs: Part 1
Part 1 of a 3-part series:
We know how important it is to choose the right personal trainer. You’ll be spending a LOT of time together and it’s a big investment.
So how exactly do you choose the right trainer who will motivate and support you? Here are a few tips and some questions to ask:
1. They are certified. Of course, this is number one. The major certifying bodies for Personal Trainers are ACSM (American College of Sport Medicine), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), ACE (American Council on Exercise), NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association). A certified trainer will have the minimum requirements to make sure you are working safely, and…
2. They should have a strong knowledge of anatomy. You might think this goes without saying, but unfortunately many certifications don’t require that a trainer know more than just where the major muscles are. This can be a major problem because we use ALL of our muscles when we’re working out, and if someone doesn’t know how they all work together (and what happens if they don’t), it can be a recipe for disaster. Strong anatomy knowledge = a stronger you!
3. They listen to you and understand your goals. This should actually take the #1 spot. A trainer who listens to what you need (and really takes the time to hear you) will be able to connect with what your goals are, and help you get there! A great question – if they don’t do this already: “Could you repeat my goal back to me so I know you understand?”
4. They work with you on your goals, not theirs. A great personal trainer should ask you how you’re feeling each and every time you work out, and then – keeping your overall goals in mind – base the workout on your answer…not on what they have planned for that day. Which brings us to: Part 2!