It would be a lie if I said that you need a personal trainer to become fit. Need is too strong of a word. And for a lot of people, it’s an unneeded luxury.
But would you achieve your goals and enjoy exercising more? Probably.
Do you know why you are not losing weight? Or why you aren’t feeling as energised as you did a few years ago? Or why sleeping is much harder? Is there a reason why you absolutely hate exercising? There is usually one or two things in your life that when shifted, can make an absolutely huge difference And that’s where a personal trainer comes in.
So how do you go about choosing one? Well…lets go through some case studies, and then everything will be a little bit clearer.
I am going to compare three fitness sites (T-Nation, Dingis Fitness and Zumba) to help you get a little bit of an idea. They aren’t all websites of personal trainers, but they illustrate my point very well.
The link above is for a fitness site called T-Nation, which is street for Testosterone Nation. Straight away, you can tell who they cater for. They appeal to Body-builders (mostly men) who love to live in the gym, eat lots of meat and have tattoos. They offer in-depth info on how to get ripped and be bad-ass. Non of what I said above is meant to be offensive. It is simply what type of people they appeal to. Even the colour of the website (red and black) are used to portray a feeling of aggression.
My site, Dingis Fitness, uses lighter colours. Most of the language is kept very simple. There are not too many posey pictures so that people don’t feel completely inadequate. It is aimed at those who feel scared to even go for a run by themselves or are overwhelmed by all the conflicting fitness information. They probably just need someone to talk about fitness in an honest and down to earth manner.
Zumba appeals mostly to women (which is unfair because I want to try it!). It contains mostly pictures of women with very big and cheesy smiles and loud vibrant colours. They’re probably aiming to interact with feisty women who like to be moving all the time and are energetic.
Hopefully you’ll see that personal trainers are people with their own personality. You want to make sure that the trainers you approach are at least people you would like to spend some time with. Once you’ve had a look and narrowed you choices down, you’ll want to try and meet the trainers face to face. Most trainers offer a free taster session or consultation. Make sure you are ready to ask questions as well as answering them to get the most from the consultation.
A question is the first step in your journey to an answer.
The best way to find out about anything is to ask the right questions, so make sure you are equipped with some.
Here are some great questions to ask potential personal trainers:
- What’s your plan for me? (Obviously after you told them about your goals , hopes and dreams.(
- What type of clients do you usually work with?
- What’s approach do you have to fitness and health? Strict? Military? Empathetic? Fun and relaxing?
Ask Yourself Afterwards
- Did I feel comfortable – you’ll be spending a lot of time with them one-on-one, so you’d better like them.
- Did they listen – or were they too busy telling you about their qualifications?
- Will they deliver the results? – did they feel confident about working with you and explain things to you in a way you understood.
- Did you feel the that they cared enough to keep you accountable?
A good personal trainer should be able to make sense of the confusion and anxiety you may have of fitness. During your initial consultation. Make sure that you feel you have been listened to.
Have fun and get fit peoples!
If you really can’t be bothered to do all this work, I have a great solution for you. Pick me! Simple, honest fitness is what I do. Get a free consultation with me and see what all the fuss is about. Contact me using the form below and I’ll get back you as soon as possible.