Find a personal trainer to get your dream body.
Seems simple enough, but what if your results are based on more than just whether they’re nice to talk to, or look fit?
We look through what the ins and outs of how to find a personal trainer, so that you get the results that you desire.
Top personal trainers attract elite clientele such as actors/actresses, rock stars, models and others for good reason.
They provide strategies and results that keep their clients looking their best all the time. The best celebrity trainers have created programs that have helped actors get amazing results.
Actors like Chris Pratt transform for his leading role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Henry Cavill turned into the ‘Man of Steel’’. Funnyman Kevin Hart a rock hard body that is nothing to laugh at.
All because of the right training. All helped by personal trainers.
Celebrity trainers develop programs and strategies that help their clients transform for challenging roles. Personal trainers supply strategies to maintain a youthful physique and generally keep the good looks that set them apart.
Celebrity trainers charge top dollar for their services which puts them out of reach for regular folk. Still, this does not mean that you cannot enjoy the benefits of having your own personal trainer. You can find a personal trainer to fit into your budget.
What exactly is a personal trainer?
A personal trainer is a fitness professional who works with clients on a one on one basis.
Personal trainers help their clients set and achieve fitness goals. They provide advice on the best workout programs to meet individual needs.
They provide the motivation you need to stick to your workout until you see results.
Personal trainers can be classified according to the methods they use to train. Some trainers concentrate solely on weight training and focus on helping clients build muscle.
Others train clients in calisthenics and focus on body-weight exercises which help clients improve overall functional fitness.
Some concentrate on martial arts, plyometrics, Cross Fit and other methods that they have experience in, to develop programs that will help their clients achieve their goals.
Personal trainers can be classified according to the methods they use to train:
- weight training
- calisthenics (body-weight exercises for functional fitness)
- martial arts (or other sports related training, such as running, athletics, etc)
- Cross Fit (like an insane combination of weight training and calisthenics)
Many personal trainers will be able to train you in all different classifications. If you want something specific, better to go for a specialist, budget permitting.
Benefits of hiring a personal trainer
Many benefits come with hiring a personal trainer: These include;
- Motivation to stick with your program.
- Greater accountability.
- Learning how to perform exercises properly.
- Help with setting goals.
- Choosing the right exercises and putting these together into an effective workout program.
- Pushing you to challenge yourself.
- Showing you how to exercise if you have certain health conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and others.
How to choose the right personal trainer for you
There is definitely a personal trainer out there to fit your needs and your budget. Factors on finding the personal trainer that is right for you are given below.
Conduct sufficient research
Before deciding to hire a personal trainer, ensure that you conduct sufficient research about what exactly you should be looking for. You will want to find out which certifications your personal trainer should hold, what skills they should have and anything else about them that will help you make an informed decision.
Before embarking upon a search to find a personal trainer, you need to know what you are looking for. Are you looking to do:
- body-building (bulking up)
- building lean muscle (not getting really big, but strong and fit)
- functional fitness (high level of fitness primarily for the ability – like for obstacle courses)
- sporting specific fitness
- general fitness and weight loss (have a goal, which might put you in another category)
Confirm their credentials
Personal training is largely unregulated. It means that anybody who wants to, can declare themselves a personal trainer. They may know very little about what they’re doing, and are pushing pills or programs that may be very dangerous for you.
Before choosing a personal trainer, ensure that they are certified by reputable bodies such as:
- the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
- the American Council on Exercise (ACE)
- the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
You may need to research to find the sporting bodies for personal trainers in your country / region.
A certification is a proof that trainers know basic exercise science. They should be able to design programs for optimal results. They may also be able to design a healthy nutrition plan so they can help you achieve your fitness goals.
Discover their personality
Personality is an important factor in your choice of a personal trainer. You want to enjoy your time training. Personal trainer personalities are pretty diverse and they include; the drill sergeant, the best buddy, the motivator, and others.
The personality that fits best with
Ask for references
You should ask when finding your personal trainer, if they can provide references. Ideally they will allow you to talk to existing clients so that you can ask questions. Also if you have recommendations from friends, that is also a great thing to have.
Request a free consultation
You should be able to get a free consultation to determine if the personal trainer is right for you. You should go with a list, and be ready to ask questions.
Some questions you can ask include: have you been practicing long? What certifications do you have? How many hours a week are you available for training and how much do you charge?
Trying to find a personal trainer may seem like a difficult thing to do. Given a small amount of research and effort it can be so much easier. Asking the right questions, getting recommendations, will give you a strong shortlist. Then you can find a personal trainer that is right for you, and your fitness goals.