Choosing a Personal Trainer
With the fitness industry booming, a growing number
of people are now turning to personal trainers to help
them get fit and live a healthier lifestyle. It’s
a big investment, so how do you know which PT is right
for you? Here’s our top 10 tips for choosing the
right personal trainer, before handing over your money
Personal Trainers (PT’s) should be registered
with a national or state fitness body and have relevant
tertiary qualifications. There are three levels
of expertise: A Fitness Instructor
is the basic level to be at least qualified, offering
assistance, tips or aerobics on a gym floor. A
Fitness Trainer is a PT and trainer
of specific populations ie, so ask for a registration
card or some documentation to identify if they are suitably
qualified. A Fitness Specialist
is the highest rank, advanced in all areas of rehabilitation,
nutrition, physiology, sports conditioning and case
management. In addition, the fitness specialists
should work with allied health professionals.
Go for a trainer with plenty of hands on experience.
You don't want a rookie fresh out of five month course
who can talk the talk, but not walk the walk. Get testimonials
- see some evidence of their training success stories
before signing up.
Choose someone similar to you, someone you can relate
to and get on with. You don’t want a hard headed
drill sergeant if that’s not you. You’ll
be working too close together not to click, and if there’s
a clash you won’t want to listen or enjoy getting
Don't get sucked into forking out huge amounts of money.
Yes, you will have to pay good money for the right trainer,
but some charge as much as $200 plus per hour. You don't
need to spend that much, so be selective and sort it
out up front. You can get excellent trainers who get
results for between $80 and $150 per hour.
Diet combined with training gets you in shape, so get
a trainer that also offers dietary assistance and supplements.
A comprehensive program should offer diet advice as
well as resistance, stretching and cardiovascular training,
while incorporate elements of running, walking, circuits,
boxing, cycling and weights.
Make sure your trainer screens you for any existing
injuries or conditions, and offers a training program
that suits appropriately. All PT's should be fully insured.
There’s no point pushing someone to the point
of a heart attack, only to discover later that they
had a pre-existing medical condition.
You ’re paying for results, so demand to see them.
Don’t just rely on a change in clothes size. A
professional trainer should regularly monitor your skin
fold percentage, body fat and lean muscle mass. Feedback
is proof all the sweat and effort is worth it.
A good trainer looks the part, is fit and living and
breathing the message they are preaching. Trainers should
be highly motivated, punctual, and
always accessible to you, either online or via mobile.
I have clients call me when they aren’t sure about
fat content in food while eating at a restaurant. It’s
part of the service.
For maximum benefit I recommend training for at least
one hour, three times per week. Many gyms offer half
hour personal training sessions at a cheaper rate, so
perhaps you might want to inquire about booking longer
sessions in that case. A good ‘PT’ will
create a program to suit your goals, work and family
commitments, and available fitness equipment.
Fitness training makes you feel and look fantastic.
It's being informed and having fun under professional
guidance. Select the right trainer and I guarantee it
will be money well spent.
If you would like to contact BCL about choosing a personal
trainer, or any other aspect of health and fitness,
then simply do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 0402 105 181 for an obligation FREE Consultation.
By Frank Aiolo
Body Corporate Lifestyle