I know, I might be biased, but in an attempt to be objective about this I thought I’d put some points down to help you decide on a PT. And if I tick the boxes, lovely. If not, I hope you find what you are looking for.
Must have rapport
The reality is that this person will know more about you than possibly your partner or parents. You must trust them and have a ‘connection’. They will see you at your worst, and will need to be the sort of person you can work with and who will motivate you. A client of mine was trying for a child and I knew way more about it than her parents did – fact.
Must be qualified
In the UK all personal trainers should be qualified to at least REPS Level 3. There is also a Level 4 which allows a PT to specialise for example obesity and diabetes, lower back pain. In addition there are hundreds of add-ons, usually one or two day courses. This might include pre and post natal, kettlebells, Strength and conditioning, active aging, or GP referral to name a small selection.
Some are pretty generic and don’t be fooled by multiple fancy sounding qualifications. Choose someone that can do what you want them to do.
The price is right
It’s a competitive market, so make sure you know the price breakdown before you sign up. Price isn’t necessarily an indicator of quality, but look at their qualifications and overheads. They may have invested a lot of time and money to have a higher-level certificate than their colleagues and this may be reflected in the price.
But don’t try and barter. You are paying for a service that is looing after your health. Its worth it I think
Looks aren’t everything
But they help! Does your potential trainer inspire you? If image is important to you, that’s fine. But just because they don’t have a six-pack, it doesn’t mean they don’t know what they are talking about. They may have been there/done that, and more are more interested in you.
Or are they more interested in how they look than how you are progressing?
‘elf & safety
Having worked in corporate Health and safety for nearly 20 years I know a little about this. As a minimum, your PT must be insured and must get you to complete some health questionnaires before they train you. Ideally they should be taking your blood pressure too.
Monitoring & Progress
How is your progress monitored? Do you know your starting point and end goals? How is your trainer going to help you get there?
Not everyone is super organised but you need a conversation about your goals before you start. Your trainer should create a program just for you, based on those goals, and monitor your progress periodically.
Your goals might be weight-loss or fitness related. It doesn’t matter, they are yours!