It’s that time of year.
Everyone you know who started a diet and exercise regime is slowly starting to slip in to old habits. The biscuits are starting to appear at work and everything is becoming more of a struggle.
You see the uniformed personal trainers at the gym and have started to think about what it would be like to have that extra support. After all, the people they train seem to be getting hard workouts. You could pay someone to motivate you. Heck! Paying someone would actually make you come to the gym every week! So you decide to go for it…
Before you do spend hundreds on this help though, understand that like in any industry, there are people who provide amazing service to their clients and work hard to uphold high standards and then there are some that may be unqualified, unprofessional and not too honest.
But do you differentiate between the good and bad?
Here’s a few things to consider before spending your hard earned cash:
Getting a personal trainer is an investment in yourself but how do you get the best value for the price you pay?
I personally charge between £250.00-£300.00 per month depending on the service a client needs and how many sessions a week they need. But this doesn’t just cover the actual sessions in the gym, it covers training planning, meal planning, daily contact and support, on-going education and amazing service.
Check with your potential trainer what the price you pay includes and how much preparation, planning and work the trainer is doing for you outside of your sessions.
Is the Personal Trainer qualified?
I know this sounds like an obvious one but just because they are wearing the uniform of the gym or health club they reside, does not necessarily mean they are qualified. Depending on the level of help you need, some trainers are qualified to Level 2 Gym Instructor, in which they can provide exercise programming, but others are qualified to Level 3 Personal Trainer which means they can provide a larger range of information on a whole facet of things.
Is the Personal Trainer insured?
Sometimes things go wrong. And when working with a personal trainer it is vital that they are insured. Most clubs only allow people to be insured at a minimum of 2 million pounds, but just make sure before starting with someone.
Is the Personal Trainer continuing to learn?
In the UK, there is a relatively easy bar to entry for Personal Trainers. I am a Director of a company that prides itself on training the best personal trainers in the industry but unfortunately not every company or personal trainer believes in continued education.
It is a shame that more trainers do not take further eduction seriously as the people that usually suffer are the clients themselves.
Ask your potential PT what courses they have done, further to their initial qualification. Ask them what courses they are currently completing to aid your goals and ask what informal sources of information they regularly research.
I am currently on 4 formal accredited online courses which cover an array of subjects like nutrition, behaviour and psychology, supplementation, anatomy and physiology and more as well as reading the latest research in health and fitness through publications. Make sure your potential PT is doing the same.
What do you actually get?
Different people have different goals and inherently different levels of support needed. What does their service actually look like? Is it the bare minimum, you turn up for the session, the trainer makes a workout up on the spot and then you receive a diet plan on paper and see you next week?
Or do you get a carefully thought out plan, daily support, guidance and progressive behaviour change over a long period of time?
Make sure to ask the trainer exactly what their plan for you is, that it fits your lifestyle (there’s no point in scheduling 6 sessions a week if you currently do 1) and that you measure progress. It is up to your trainer to make sure they can prove the service is worth the money you are paying. For example, how do they measure results? How can they keep you up to date with that progress and what format does that information come in?
Not all Personal Training services are the same. Your trainers goal should be to teach you so much that in 6 months, 9 months or a year, you never need them again.
Can the trainer provide testimonials and references from people like yourself?
If you were shopping for a car or booking a hotel, you’d try and find opinions and reviews on the internet instead of buying the first you came across. Can the potential coach provide you with current or ex-clients to talk to and provide real information on results and progress?
Do you actually like them?
No one wants to spend time with someone they don’t like. So why would you pay for it? Most personal trainers will give you a free session or free trial so use this to gauge whether you like and trust them. The trainer will most likely know more about you than most people in your life so you should ensure you both like and trust the person.
Not every personal trainer is right for you and time and care should be taken when considering who to work with.
Personal Training is an expensive service and before you part with that money, like any big investment, it is important to make sure you have considered all factors so you can reach your goals with the support you need!
If you need any help, give me a shout on firstname.lastname@example.org