What are some of the reasons why you might hire a personal trainer? For starters, you might not know how to initiate your training regimen. Or maybe you’re unsure of how to stay focused, how to target specific muscles, like the lower back, or how to use the big bad gym equipment.
Personal trainers can also direct you in how to periodically alter your routine, since monotonous workouts aren’t just boring—they challenge your muscles less and less over time. Individuals with specific illnesses and injuries, and athletes training for a sporting event, may also benefit from these one-on-one sessions.
If you didn’t hear about your personal trainer through a trusted friend or colleague, then you might want to start by checking out your potential personal trainer’s credentials. Where did the trainer earn his or her certification? What type of license does the person hold? Some personal trainers seek out extra training for exercises like Pilates, kettlebells and kickboxing. Others are specifically trained in rehabilitative exercises for certain injuries.
Look for someone you’re comfortable with, who’s worked with clients that share similar goals as you. After all, you wouldn’t want to be shouted at by an ex-Navy Seal if you’re the sensitive type, or work with a former ballerina if you’re training to become the next welterweight champion. Some studies even say it’s a good idea to work with a personal trainer who falls in the same age group as you.
Other, more technical, factors that can impact the quality of your workout include your personal trainer’s fees, if they offer at-home service as an option, and whether they provide all necessary equipment. Some trainers even offer sports massages post sweat-session.