So you've decided to step up your fitness game and hire a Personal Trainer. That's great news! After all, having the support of a Personal Trainer keeps you more motivated and accountable when it comes to weekly workouts. Additionally, working with a Personal Trainer will help you get the most out of your workouts.
However, choosing a Personal Trainer that's worth while can be a bit difficult. All it really takes is some determination in order to find a Personal Trainer that's a good fit for you. However, there are some common things you should look out for when choosing a Trainer that's right for you.
A Personal Trainer should be able to show you a fitness certification in their area of expertise, plain and simple. To become certified, Personal Trainers must pass an exam through accredited organizations such as The American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
This ensures they’ve met certain standards of professionalism and competence from a trustworthy organization. After all, you want to make sure the Trainer you are working with is certified and trusted.
This is another really important quality to look for in a Personal Trainer. A Personal Trainer that has a good amount of experience has likely tested and perfected his process for providing the best cues to help you get the most out of every single rep.
While experience isn't exactly necessary, it certainly does help. After all, someone with more experience probably has a better idea of what works and what doesn't.
This is another area of personal preference, so consider your habits and tendencies carefully. Are you willing to drive 20 minutes across town, or do you need something within walking distance to stay motivated? And where do you like to train?
Some people get inspired by seeing others in a traditional gym setting, others like the one-on-one approach of a fitness studio, and some prefer to work out in the privacy of their own home. So make sure to have a good idea of where you want to train before choosing a Personal Trainer.
This one is extremely important. Every Personal Trainer is different, so make sure to find one that you genuinely get along with. Think about the type of motivation you need. Are you someone who needs to be pushed to their limits by a Drill Sergeant type? Or do you feel more motivated by positive reinforcement and a little bit of cheer leading?
Make sure you have a good idea of what type of motivation works for you. This will make a lot easier to find a Personal Trainer that matches your needs.
The cost of a Personal Trainer varies and depends on many different variables. Things like certification, specialties, and location can drastically effect the hourly rate of a Trainer. So before you begin searching for that perfect Trainer, make sure you have a set amount that you are willing to spend.
Make sure to take into account what you need from a Personal Trainer beforehand. Do you need a Trainer that specializes in something specific? How far are you willing to drive in order to meet with a trainer? All of these things can effect the cost, so make sure you plan ahead before searching for a Personal Trainer.
In short, there are many things you should take into account before choosing a Personal Trainer. While it may be a bit overwhelming at first, if you follow the guidelines above it should make the process a bit easier.
We encourage you to check out our website if you would like more information about Muscle Activation Techniques and the training services that Fitness-Tek provides. We offer many other programs as well, such as Personal or Group Training.
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Yours in Health and Wellness
The Fitness-Tek Team