Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
How To Choose A Personal Trainer 0
in Fit on the Side Healthy Living

How To Choose A Personal Trainer

how to choose a personal trainer

How to choose a personal trainer.  Having worked in the fitness industry, in one way or another, for around 20 years I’ve had the opportunity to work with lots of people. In this time, I’ve also seen many people start workout routines and hire trainers. Working at gyms and Pilates studios, I’ve seen some classes be extremely popular and other instructors struggling to fill theirs. As a client, it can be tough to choose  a personal trainer or class instructor that you want to work with. Of course, it’s not mandatory to work with a trainer but sometimes the extra accountability and push will help you get to that next level. A trainer can help you reach fitness levels that would be very difficult to reach otherwise. I’ve put together a list of tipsto consider when choosing your personal trainer.
blogger

how to choose a personal trainer

HOW TO CHOOSE A PERSONAL TRAINER

Their credentials. This is really important. I like to say that in Vancouver, everyone and their mother is a personal trainer or a yoga instructor. It’s unbelievable as to how many people are in the industry. The fact is, however, that there’s a huge disparity when it comes to their knowledge and experience. Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of fantastic instructors and I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of them, but just because someone works as an instructor does not mean that they are a good instructor. Every country will have their own certifying bodies and it’s okay to ask your instructor what courses they have completed. A good trainer will be more than happy to discuss this with you. Just to give everyone an overview, when I was studying to become a Pilates instructor, I went through hours and hours and hours of training. I completed at least 8 courses to get my certification and on top of that, I took courses for specialty workouts and had to keep up with a number of continuing education courses every year. The basic courses took over a year to complete, but the learning never stopped.  I also had to hold a first aid and CPR certification.

Your history matters. This should be your instructor’s primary interest and the first meeting should always include you filling out a health questionnaire. If you are working with a personal trainer, the two of you should sit down and go over it point by point. They need to know if you’ve had any serious illnesses or injuries, as this could significantly affect your success. They should not only consider your end goals, but also create a program that fits your current needs. For example, if you are very sedentary, as in you sit at a desk all day, they can include lots of upper body stretches and cardio. The point of hiring a personal trainer is to get a personalized routine.

Their philosophy. Every trainer is human (gasp! I know) and each comes with their own training philosophies. Some are into body building and others are amazing with ageing populations. It’s okay to ask your trainer what their plan for you is. When I was working with a trainer, it was a fantastic relationship because I got to do kickboxing and a lot of stretching, which is exactly what I love doing. Remember, this is about the two of you, working together to safely achieve your goals.
While a trainer should also be available to answer any nutritional questions, you should beware the trainer who suggests you take any pills or potions. Some will say they are nutrition professionals, but unless they are certified Dieticians they are not certified or insured to put you on an eating plan that doesn’t follow the food guide pyramid (note: this applies to Canada and the USA and might differ in other countries). The average person, for example, doesn’t need to be taking in extra protein if they are sticking to healthy diet.

Cost. This really depends on whether your trainer is being subsidized by the gym or running their own business. Many offer packages if you buy classes in bulk. Some will even allow semi-private sessions so you can split the cost with a friend. As with most things in life both, surprisingly cheap and exorbitantly expensive when compared to the average in your area should be carefully examined.

how to choose a personal trainer

If you are looking at working with a personal trainer, take the time to find someone who fits your goals. It’s okay to ask lots of questions and to expect honest answers, because this becomes a fairly intimate relationship. In a way, this is a journey that you are embarking on together and a good trainer wants to see you succeed as much as you do.

Have you ever worked with a personal trainer and if not, would you consider it?

*For more on how to choose a personal trainer follow me on instagram and pinterest*
blogger
*personal training image courtesy of Dollar Photo Club

You Might Also Like

Your At Home Workout Routine

Home Gym Must Haves

What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Exercising

How To Feel Confident About Your Diet

Pros And Cons Of The Elliptical

Best Low Impact Workouts

Fitness Terms You Should Know

When To Listen To Your Body

How To Stay Healthy In Winter

Why You Need To Cool Down Post Workout

Should You Exercise When You Are Sick

How To Have Energy After Lunch

Losing Weight In Your 40s

Killer Foam Roller Ab Workout

Post Workout Beauty Hacks

Ballet Inspired Leg Workout

Is Running Bad For Your Knees

Exercise And Your Skin

Can I Lose Weight And Still Eat Sweets

Top 10 Songs For The Gym

The Truth About Protein Shakes

Foods That Reduce Stress

Why Should Women Lift Weights

The Basics Of Hip Stretches

What To Do Post Workout

Shoulder Stretches

Why You Shouldn’t Weigh Yourself

5 Cardio Myths Debunked

Get Fit While Watching TV

Must Do Morning Stretches

Why You Should Take A Dance Class Now

How To Make Exercise A Habit

Wrist Exercises For Bloggers

How To Relieve Joint Pain

Ballet For Fitness: Is Back In Style

Your Guide To Killer Abs

Tips On Working Out In Summer Months

Why Exercise Is Good For Your Skin

September Ab Challenge Week Two

When You Don’t Have Time To Workout

7 Times It Is Okay To Skip A Workout

Natural Energy Drinks

What You Should Know About Fitness

Ultimate Foot Guide And How To Relieve Foot Pain

Is CrossFit Right For You

Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 1

FitWise Straight Talk About Getting Fit And Healthy

My Gym Bag Essentials

October Fashion Beauty And Fitness Picks

Talk Fitness With An Expert

Why Do We Focus On Weight

The Importance Of Cross Training

Diet And Fitness Tips You Need To Ignore

What To Look For In A Smoothie

How To Workout In The Morning

How Breathing Can Improve Your Workout

A Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 2

How To Feel Good About Your Body

FitWise A Sneak Peek

Should I Use A Heart Rate Monitor

7 Healthy Morning Habits for Looking And Feeling Your Best

How To Come Back After An Injury

Best Exercises If You Are On Your Feet All Day

All About Pilates

Why Do I Need To Stretch My Calves

Is being thin enough

Best Exercises If You Do Manual Labour

The Only Diet You Need Is Balance

Best Exercises To Tone Your Glutes

Why Your Workout Suddenly Feels Hard

Best Gifts For The Fitness Lover

How To Start Running

Working Out After 40

Why You Are Not Losing Weight

What Is Pilates

Best Stretches If You Sit At A Desk All Day

Muscle Imbalance And Knee Pain

How To Keep Your Diet On Track

A Fool Proof Easy Way To Lose Weight

September Ab Challenge Week One

How To Choose The Best Running Shoes

Running Outdoors in Winter

Run Better With These Easy Tips

Do I Really Need To Workout

10 Easy Ways To Get More Fit

Fitness Myths Debunked

How To Incorporate Exercise Into Everyday

5 Stretches To Do Before Bed

The Importance Of Stretching In Style

Urban Hiking The New Workout

Traveling With A Sensitive Stomach

How To Curb Emotional Eating

Best Headphones For Working Out

Your Must Do Morning Workout

How To Boost Your Metabolism

Your Summer Fitness Guide

6 Best Exercises For Runners

Top 5 Fitness Posts of 2015

Great Metabolism Myths

How To Increase Your Bust Size

Get Fit The Easy Way

Working Out Diet And Your Period

4 Ways To Turn Your Walk Into A Workout

How To Increase Flexibility

Best Exercises For a Toned Back

Summer Health And Beauty

Best Recipes For Food Sensitivities

Muscle Pain VS Injury

How To Buy The Best Running Shoes

How To Get Your Diet Back On Track

Tips For Getting Back To The Gym

At Home Quickstart Workout

Best Stretches Pre And Post Swim

How To Buy Workout Clothes

What To Eat Pre And Post Workout

How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

5 Day Workout Plan Part 2

Best Travel Workout

How To Keep Gym Clothes Fresh

How To Get A Shapely Butt

Which Style Of Yoga Is Best For You

How To Maintain Weight Loss

How To Deal With A Bad Workout

Underactive Thyroid And Weight Loss

Stay Fit And Healthy For The Holidays

How to Stick With Your Diet When No One Wants You To

Your Workout Motivation

5 Best Abdominal Exercises

How To Love Your Body

How To Strengthen Your Bones

5 Day Workout Plan Part 1

11 Most Common Workout Mistakes

Best Warmup For Your Workout

How To Make A Short Workout Count

Caffeine And Working Out

Why Is Exercise So Important

Theraband Workout

All About Your Knees

September Ab Challenge Week Four

Frequently Asked Fitness Questions

Why What You Wear To The Gym Matters

Cold Weather And Muscle Pain

Foot And Ankle Exercises

September Ab Challenge Recap

Killer Abs Ball Workout

Pocket Fitness Guides

Succeed At Working Out

How To Treat Sore Muscles

Lean Greens Review

How To Feel Confident When Working Out

20 Minute Workout By FitWise

How To Deal With Muscle Cramps

Health Fitness And My Thyroid

How To Wear Athleisure

Best Stretches For Relaxation

How To Deal With Bloating

What Is The Deal With All These Diets

No Gym Arm Workout

Best Complimentary Activity For Your Workout.

Is Training Harder Better

What To Do When You Plateau

Stretching Mistakes You Might Be Making

How To Detox Your Body Naturally

Best Arm Exercises For Summer 2015

How To Alleviate Back Pain

Diet Foods To Avoid

Best Exercises For A Desk Job

How To Actually Lose Weight

6 Tips To Stop Bloating

How Much Weight Can You Lose In A Month

Why Not Drinking Enough Water Can Make You Fat

Why Is Sitting Too Much So Bad

Toning VS Bulking Up

How To Easily Get Fit And Healthy

8 Ways To Learn To Love Running

How To Increase Your Endurance

Tips On Getting And Staying Fit In 2016

Why Should You Meditate

How Important Is A Warmup

Are you Over Exercising

How To Maximize Your Gym Time

5 Daily Habits That Hurt Your Health

Muscle Imbalance And Back Pain

How To Become A Runner

High Impact VS Low Impact

Sports Drinks VS Water

September Ab Challenge Week Three

How To Know If You Are Exercising Too Much

How To Stay Healthy For The Holidays

Eat Carbs And Lose Weight

Treadmill Running Charts

Cute Workout Gear For Every Body Shape

What To Eat Before A Party

How To Incorporate Pilates Into Everyday

Best Stretches For Runners

Morning Stretches True North Fitness Guide

Hit The Gym In Style

Fitness Fanatics Shopping Guide

Why You Are Doing Your Ab Workout All Wrong

Best Foods To Give You Energy

Benefits Of Walking

How To Speed Up Weight Loss

How To Improve Your Posture

Losing Weight In 2017

What If I Hate The Gym

How To Work With A Personal Trainer

How To Eat Healthy Without Trying

What Is Your Perfect Workout

How To Ease Sciatic Pain

Everything You Need To Be A Runner

The Truth About Abs

20 Minute Workout From FitWise

Free Weights VS Machines

How To Cut 500 Calories A Day Without Exercise

How To Be A Better Athlete

Yoga VS Pilates Which One Is For You

Muscle Imbalances And Upper Body Pain

Everyone Can Learn To Love Exercise

11 Comments

  1. I wish I could afford a personal trainer! 😛 But the internet will do for now 😉 xx

    xbeccabe.blogspot.co.uk

  2. Great content. I’ve just joined a new fitness club back in December and I get a free personal training session that I haven’t yet utilised so I’ll be using your post to help me choose who to go with and stay with! Must admit, I did find the post quite hard to read with all of the pop ups and adverts but very good nonetheless.

    Laura xxxx

    1. Thanks so much for the feedback! I will absolutely look into your concerns but I’m glad you liked the content.
      xo

  3. gorgeous tips, these excercises very healty
    fashion blogger Pamela Soluri
    kiss my darling

    1. Thanks so much!
      xo

  4. Such a great post Caroline! Thanks for all the tips and recomendations. I take note
    Have a nice week darling ♥

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thank you.
      xo

  5. I’ve used personal trainers before, and I really love the one-on-one experience that you get. Thanks for sharing this! I might be looking for another one soon so this will be super helpful 🙂

    1. Oh I’m so glad! I think that using a personal trainer can be very helpful even if it’s just to check in every once in a while.
      xo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close