So you’ve made the decision to get healthy and join the gym and are ready to start your exercise program. But you have no idea what you need to do, much less where to start. Or, you may have started but find yourself less than motivated to continue. What can you do? For many people, the answer is hiring a personal trainer. But, before you plop down the bucks and hire a trainer, you need find one who will help you obtain your goals.
There are several things you need to consider when choosing a personal trainer. Their credentials are just one of them. Here are just a few things to look for which can help you decide. First of all, look at their qualifications, what are their credentials? You wouldn't go to a chiropractor if they weren't properly certified. Well, you should use the same philosophy when hiring a personal trainer. Ask them about their experience, what form of exercises they specialize in to see if they're right for you. Always inform the trainer of any medical conditions or injuries prior to starting your training. A trainer will base your workout routine around strengthening the injured area to prevent further injury.
Although looks should not be a major favor in your decision making process, you could also feel insecure working out for a trainer who looks like a Greek god or goddess. Therefore, even though looks shouldn’t be everything, you should hire someone whose appearance will help you stay properly motivated while also making you feel comfortable. Some of the best trainers may have had their own personal weight battles which can be very motivational, especially since you may be able to relate to them.
Your personal trainer’s personality is important, too. A trainer with the personality of a drill sergeant may work for some people but probably not for everyone, especially if you are generally shy or withdrawn. On the flip side, few people will be motivated by a trainer who is timid and meek, either. Look for someone who has a personality that will motivate you while not scaring the life out of you at the same time.
For many people, obtaining a personal trainer is the best way to succeed with an exercise plan. If this is the case for you, your results will be directly related to the trainer you hire.