You’re not a fan of group exercising but don’t have enough knowledge or discipline to exercise on your own? Or you’re looking for the most efficient way to lose weight? Do you have a very specific goal you want to achieve in the gym? Then you should consider hiring your first personal trainer.
However, once you opt for this, another choice is ahead of you – which personal trainer to choose.
A respectable local gym probably has some qualified personal trainers in their employ, but, just like with everything, a word of mouth would be an ideal recommendation.
So, first of all, try to ask around and get some advice.
Still, there will probably be a few suggestions, so here is what to pay attention to when making the final decision.
How Your First Personal Trainer Should Be
These are the most important things to keep in mind when choosing your first personal trainer to help you achieve your fitness goal:
1. They Practice What They Preach
Imagine going to a hairdresser whose hair looks awful. It’s probably not the best first impression, nor a good promotion. You would surely reconsider your choice.
So it’s normal to expect your first personal trainer to be fit. It simply gives credibility as well as motivation.
What’s more, it turns out that the trainer who started exercising for similar reasons as you are the best ones as they can really relate.
They understand how you feel, and where you are, and know how to approach you.
He or she doesn’t have to go that far, but it’s important to get this kind of reassurance and support from your personal trainer.
2. They Are Reasonable And Realistic
A good personal trainer will never promise you instant miracles. As soon as you hear exaggerated promises, move on.
The right personal trainer for you is someone who:
- clearly and realistically explain to you how much time and effort it is going to take;
- doesn’t push you too hard (but does push you);
- has reasonable expectations.
So before you start the program, you should get an approximate plan from your trainer and that will tell you a lot about him or her.
They should be willing to go through any routine or class that they want.
3. They Know A Lot About Nutrition
Everyone knows nutrition is a key factor not just for losing weight, but for achieving any result in the gym. And of course, one of the pillars of your health.
So a good personal trainer should be able to give you some good expert advice about your diet for the whole day, but especially before and after your training.
The food you eat can definitely have a lot of impact on your overall results.
If improving nutrition is particularly important for you, you should maybe look for a trainer who has qualifications in nutrition. In that way you’ll be absolutely positive you are getting the best possible advice and results.
4. They Don’t Suggest You Supplements On A First Training
On one hand, supplements can definitely be very useful.
But let’s get the basics first. Supplements should be like the final glazing, fixing some rough edges after some significant time spent in the gym working hard and after some serious dietary changes.
You have to build the foundations “the hard way”. Then you can consider some of the supplements, depending on the results you want to get.
So if your first personal trainer starts talking about supplements after only a few sessions, maybe it’s time to look for someone else.
Picking your first personal trainer can be a long-term commitment, so make sure that you feel comfortable with the person you choose.