You turn up to a new gym in your impressive athleisure attire, a good idea of your fitness goals and you’re filled with enthusiasm, ready to sweat!
What better way to get back into it than with the guided help of a Personal Trainer? But when there’s eight Personal Trainers to choose from, all plastered on the wall with their listed qualifications and their bright smiles, what is it that you should be looking for?
We spoke to Ewan Birnie, FIAFitnation’s National Academic Manager, who told us three things to look for in a Personal Trainer.
They’ve gone the extra mile
As a minimum, a Personal Trainer must have a Certificate IV in Fitness. They may also have qualifications in sport science, strength and conditioning or exercise physiology.
Identifying the areas in which the trainer specialises or has experience in is important. Make sure this speciality aligns with your goals – whether it be to conquer your first chin up, to get started in callisthenics or CrossFit or to gain confidence on the free weights. All trainers will have the same entry level qualifications but look out for those who’ve done a little extra study or have a track record of success in their chosen area.
They’re the right fit for you
You’re going to need to trust your Personal Trainer, so it’s important that you feel at ease with them and can share the odd laugh here and there. A big part of their job is to make your sessions at the gym as enjoyable as possible. Also, you may often hear us say that nothing worth it is easy. Well, nothing worth it is also free. Each Personal Trainer has their own rate, based on their qualifications and experience. To achieve your goals, you also need to consider the extra cost of a Personal Trainer.
They listen to you (and you listen to them)
Yes, we all (should) want to be pushed to our limits, but not pass them. If there’s a certain move that flares up an old injury or brings you discomfort, it’s up to you to express that, and for them to come up with a solution. The best Personal Trainer and client relationships are the ones based on trust and open communication.