Hiring a personal trainer is a substantial investment, so you want to make sure you’re getting bang for your buck.
Ben Lucas, founder of Flow Athletic, shares his top tips for how to work best with your personal trainer in order to get the most out of your one-on-one time.
The first thing to consider is exactly what your fitness goals are, Ben says.
Make your goals specific. Is it weight loss, muscle gain, injury rehab or an event like running a marathon.
“I would then seek out a trainer with a proven history in this field and clientele in your demographic i.e. age/ sex,” Ben says.
What to ask your trainer
Before signing on the dotted line, Ben advises that you should ask about the personal trainer’s education, work experience and also if they can provide any client testimonials.
This will help shape your decision as you will be able to get an idea of how they work and if they’ll be a good fit for you.
When it comes to telling your personal trainer what you want to achieve, it’s important to be as granular as possible, Ben says.
“Think about the timeframe you want to achieve your goals in and remember to be open with them about your health and wellness history,” he says.
Things you should reveal to your trainer include: exercise history, any injuries or surgeries, past training attempts and why they have succeeded or not worked, medication, current and previous nutrition and alcohol consumption.
Another important thing to consider is how well you get along with your trainer.
Usually you will be able to meet with them before committing to your fitness journey, and take that time to think about how motivating they will be.
Ben says the most important thing to remember is that you hired your trainer to achieve your designated goals, so you should try not to complain when they ask you to do those 10 push ups – unless injury prevents you, of course.
“It’s a relationship based on mutual respect and if you have that, you’re going to be well on your way to reaching your goals,” he says.