Want to maximize your weight loss by hiring a personal trainer? Great! The right personal trainer can really help with your motivation, will power, and determination, as well as provide you with the support you need right when you need it. Plus, hiring a fitness expert can help you embrace new methods of exercise, diet, and physical training that you may never have considered on your own. But, with all the positives a personal trainer can provide, it’s important to remember that they’re not all the same. Choosing the right personal trainer is just as important as making the decision to hire one, and it takes a bit of effort to get the maximum results for your money.
For instance, finding a good trainer is not just about how educated they appear to be or how many references they have; many trainers have multiple positive reviews and testimonials. The key is that, regardless of endless success stories, the trainer’s successes don’t always come from a majority of their clients – they don’t always know how to train several different types of people. Some trainers train every person the same way, and that’s just not how it’s supposed to be done.
So, how can you tell if you have found a good personal trainer? Here are a few good indicators of what an ideal personal trainer should be doing, and what they should be offering:
- They should do an initial assessment to determine what kind of training and weight loss program will work best for you.
- They should have multiple certifications, including education in fitness training methodologies, exercise nutrition, supplementation, body composition, and more.
- They should be focused on an outcome or goal, and provide a realistic and detailed plan to get there. (By the way, it should be a jointly determined goal, not just theirs).
- They should have a 3-month plan for your goal, if not longer. Nothing can be truly changed in a couple of weeks, and changes to a longer-term blueprint for your success will need to be re-evaluated every several weeks or so.
- They should carry a clipboard, or something to take records or notes on, while they train you and monitor your results.
- They should be fit themselves (if they don’t practice what they preach, how can they help you?)
- They should incorporate both nutrition and exercise into their program for you.
- They need to actually care about you and your goals.
When you think you’ve found the right personal trainer to help you achieve your goals, be sure to disclose additional information that you may have forgotten about… like previous injuries. Previous muscle, knee or tendon injuries are important things your personal trainer really needs to know about, particularly if you are a little older or have not been exercising for a while. Your trainer will take special notice of the previously injured areas and detail your workout routine to avoid re-injury, which can really put a huge dent in your fitness plan.
When you choose the right one, personal trainers are highly beneficial for optimal health and incredible weight loss results. And, once you have achieved your goal, they are not an ongoing expense. Great personal trainers should bring out the best in you, and teach you how to live a healthy and fit life on your own.
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