DO I REALLY NEED A PERSONAL TRAINER?
The short answer may be a “no.” But, you may want to check out a few guidelines on my ABOUT page, to see if you really do.
A personal trainer can provide motivation, as well as strategic implementation of workout routines, helping you reach your goals.
However, you may want to consider who is training you first.
Who is their target audience? This is a priority question. If you are looking to run your 1st marathon, you need a coach/trainer which runs consistently–not one which thinks running supplements his weight lifting routine. Same consideration affects your choice if you are looking to gain muscle hypertrophy (enlarge your muscles). You want someone who is knowledgeable, and understands safety is paramount.
Is your personal trainer certified? This is controversial to some, but certification adds credibility. It is not a guarantee of client results or expertise in the field; however, it means that the PT has completed an exam assessing his/her knowledge of essential principles.
Who is/was their clientele? Knowing who they have helped and gained results for in the past, can predict your future; and if they are the trainer for you. My focus and target audience is also listed on my ABOUT page.
Do they have references? There should be someone who can recommend their services to you. If they work out of a health club, look at the people they have trained. Watch them train. Do you like what you see on both counts?
Be prepared…Have a list of questions which are important to you, to reach your goals. For example, “Do you check in with your clients, even on off days?” or “I’ve been told I am pre-diabetic, but I also have knee issues. Can you still help me?” Being prepared also means being prepared to expend more than calories; you should be willing to invest in your health and overall well-being. It is an investment; and your mindset should reflect that. Shoe shopping, Starbucks, and eating out certainly add up; and spending money on a trainer is certainly more results oriented. Also, certifications as well as preparation costs. Realize this, and be cognizant of your trainer’s time as well as efforts.
All for now. Keep up and keep at it.
Questions? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org