Monday 25 July 2022

Finding the perfect personal trainer: A Checklist

**Collaborative Feature**

So you've thought about losing weight or getting fitter, or perhaps you a more specific weight loss goal in mind? Whatever the reason a personal trainer can be a great way to achieve your goals. No matter where you live in the country, finding a personal trainer is pretty easy to do. But finding the perfect trainer for you? One that’ll encourage you and keep you on the right path? That’s much more difficult to get! 

So, how are you going to find that one true voice that’ll guide you to personal success? Stick to this checklist and you’ll soon narrow down your search. 

What kind of vibe do they give off? 

We all know how important a good first impression is. And if you seem to gel well immediately, it’s a good sign of things to come. For example, some of London’s most in-demand personal trainers have that intangible quality of being a good, fun, and likeable person. Getting on well with your personal trainer is a must as they will guide you through some tough times and you need to have a healthy, friendly and trusting relationship with them to put all your trust in what they are telling you to do, even on those days it feels like you can't!

Are they flexible enough to accommodate you?

It’s not easy to exercise when you’re working full-time, have a busy social life and have children to work around. In other words, to stay on the path to success, you’ll need someone who understands your schedule and has a little flexibility to accommodate your needs. If you can only make certain times to work out make this clear from the get go, it will make narrowing down your search much easier and less frustrating.

Do they have the right amount of clients?

If a personal trainer has too many clients and a cluttered schedule, it’s unlikely that you’ll be a priority. However, on the other hand, if they have no clients and all the free time in the world, something is definitely amiss. Aim to work with someone who has that perfect middle ground. 

Have they customised your exercise routine? 

This is a huge tell in the quality of a personal trainer. If you’ve explained clearly what you want to achieve, what your limitations are, and what your schedule is like only to find that they’ve presented you with the complete opposite, it’s time to look elsewhere. 

Your personal trainer is expecting you to listen to them, trust them, and work with them to make your goals happen. If they cannot offer you that same level of courtesy then they aren’t going to get you where you want to be. This works both ways though, you have to be open and honest with them about what you want to achieve, where your problem areas are etc and be 100% committed to the plans they make you in order to see the results.

Are they patient enough for you?

Everyone is different. And you may feel like a huge failure at times. It’s perfectly normal to do so! But when you’re at those low points, having a patient trainer who knows how to keep you motivated and stays patient while you have these blips is pivotal to getting over these hurdles.  

A good personal trainer can usual tell where you think your limits are, where they actually are and when to stop. As long as you are open with them, personal trainers are great at adapting routines and finding the perfect set for you that will push you, but not too far.

Do you feel like there’s a good rapport between you both? 

During your exercise routines, you’ll inevitably encounter highs, lows, challenges, and obstacles. It’s just part and parcel of getting where you want to be. What truly matters is that you’re with someone you feel comfortable being honest and open with. Being motivated while having a good laugh is essential, so rapport building is a huge part of choosing a personal trainer. 

Do you feel like you can stay with them for the long term? 

If you haven’t hit it off too well at the beginning of the relationship, then there’s little chance of you sticking to your goals and achieving what you want. Be honest with yourself. Are you going to enjoy working alongside this person for the foreseeable future? If not then find someone new, this is your journey and you need to enjoy it to be able to give it your all.

Have you ever used a personal trainer or is it something you would consider in the future? Let me know in the comments below.


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