Choosing the right personal trainer for you


When you make the decision to start looking for a personal trainer, you are in essence saying you want something 100% tailored to your needs, as individual as you are, and with your results at the top of the list of priorities.

There are many kinds of personal trainer out there, from those operating out of premises (where you travel to them), to gym-based PTs, to freelance mobile PTs who travel to you or meet you at an agreed venue. This really is your first decision to make before contacting prospective trainers; where and when do you want to train?

A Personal trainer’s style of teaching and how they achieve results will also differ; think about how you want to be treated in your sessions and how much push you need to work hard. Read up on the trainer’s site to see how they pitch their workouts.

What kind of end to end service do you require? Are you looking at nutritional support, email and phone support as well as verbal sessions (away from exercise) where you can discuss your progress or otherwise with your trainer? Look at what is included in the price quoted and decide if this fits for you, or if the price is inflated due to unnecessary add-ons.

Avoid trainer’s who dress up their work with unnecessary scientific terms. A lack of basic knowledge or interpersonal skills can be common with some trainers and they will gloss over this with fancy names. Always, always question first before signing up for anything.

My 6 top tips for choosing the right personal trainer for you:

1. Check they are insured to train you, are qualified to train you in the areas you need, and have membership of the relevant professional bodies.
2. Check their testimonials and request for testimonials from clients who had similar targets to your own.
3. Find out exactly what is included in the price. Ask about loyalty discounts for repeat bookings and find out how you will pay for your sessions. What is the cancellation penalty if any?
4. Get the trainer to provide you verbally with an example of a workout they would provide for you once you have sat down with them and discussed your needs. A good trainer would be able to immediately have a course of action based on your likes and dislikes, body type and health assessment and goals.
5. Avoid “uber” trainers who use terms that men in white coats might use. You aren’t a robot!
6. Make sure you click with the trainer. At the consultation decide if you can work with this person in close proximity and feel comfortable with them whist training.

This article was written 100% impartially. As a personal trainer if a prospective client approaches me and I believe they have goals which are unrealistic, or if I believe they would be better suited with someone else, or if I don’t believe it would be a fun and professional working relationship, I will always refer them elsewhere. It is a good idea as a matter of course to speak to several trainers before choosing the one you want to work with.