“Come on, you got this, give me one more rep”
As a Personal Trainer, you get called all the names under the sun, get shot the look of death multiple times a day, and texts to tell you how much clients “hate you” on a daily basis, but is it worth it? Of course, our PT’s are the boss we love to hate.
Best friend, worst enemy, councillor, nutritionist, voice of reason, conscious…
Your personal trainer can be so much more than just someone who develops you an exercise programme and that’s why you need to find someone that’s right for you.
Choose your Personal Trainer Wisely
Don’t ever feel pressured into a PT session, this is not a sign of a good trainer.
Make sure you get on, sessions are hard, you need to click with your PT, you're committing to spending time with them week in week out. Your sessions are hard enough you don’t need to dread it because you don’t like the person training you.
Don’t get on with your PT too much, friendship is fine but never go beyond that, most clubs have rules about PT’s dating and when money is being exchanged it just makes things too complicated and can also damage your reputation.
Read up on client testimonials. Check out how other clients have got on with their PT, are they proud of their results? Clients are our best and truest adverts, so go for a trainer whose clients are happy with.
Watch from afar (in a non-stalker way), if your potential trainer works in a gym, watch how they interact with their clients, see what’s involved in their session. Is it the same week in week out or are their clients developing. If they teach a class, go along, see if you like their way of teaching, whilst it will be different on a 1-1 basis, it’s a good judge of whether your going to get on personality wise.
Watch out for cookie cutter programmes, you could end up paying for a generic programme that isn't personalised to you, whilst a generic programme can be adjusted to suit your needs and is a great way to introduce newbies into the gym and give them something to work on when they’re not with a trainer, if this is all you're given, or if it doesn’t change after a few weeks, you're missing the ‘personal’ part of personal training.
Book an individual session or consultation before you buy a block. In your first session your PT should spend time getting to know you, your training history and any injuries you have. They should help you develop SMART goals. They should also take some measurements, this could be your weight, height, and body fat percentage, although it will vary from trainer to trainer. If your trainer ticks all these boxes and you enjoy your session, then you should be left excited and ready and raring to commit to book a block.
Make sure they are registered on REPS, in the UK Personal Trainers are required to register on the Register of Exercise Professionals in order to work in most gyms, but if they’re self employed they may not be. Make sure they have a level 3 qualification REPS qualification. the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS), is a government backed body that regulates the fitness industry according to standards set by exercise professionals themselves. Sundried’s list of Personal Trainers are all Level 3 and the search engine also provides details on the trainer’s unique specialities to help you find the best fit for you. See here: http://fitness.sundried.com/