Setting achievable goals
Setting goals is important, but it is important to set achievable goals. Think about how much time you can invest and how fast you want to reach your goal. Personal trainers work best with specific goals – especially goals that are more than just weight loss! While losing weight is a common goal, there are many other milestones that are worth working towards! Think pushup goals, running speed or distance goals, and movement / movement goals.
Watch the Personal Trainer with their Customers
What types of exercises do you see in them? Is the coach involved or does he seem bored? Does the customer look like he's working hard and having fun? Do you find that the same exercises are taught to different clients each time? These are all important aspects if you are looking for the right coach for you. Most trainers will be able to train you effectively, it is important to find the coach that will train you and keep you motivated.
Ask for Counseling
Free counseling to discuss goals, answer questions, and possibly hold a 30-minute free session. * During this time you should have a list of questions prepared. Use this time to get a feel for your personality and how well you both work together. A Few Questions You Should Consider:
- What is your philosophy regarding fitness?
- What is your background and how did you decide to become a personal trainer?
- What are your costs? Do you have special packages or plans?
- How many sessions do you want and how long do they take?
- What hours are available for training?
- What would a long-term plan look like to me?
- How do you stay up-to-date with the latest health and fitness information and studies?
- What do you do to stay healthy and fit?
You may want to talk to the manager of your fitness center about what other clients have said about specific personal trainers to get a better feeling for the candidate. Not only can the manager recommend a better feeling for the coach you envision, he can also recommend personal trainers, depending on what you want to receive from a personal workout.
This is not important for everyone, but for some ̵
If you are ready to achieve your health and fitness goals, choosing a personal trainer will require some research and patience. However, it is worth knowing that the coach you have chosen is right for you!
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* The 30-minute free session varies from location-to-site and coaches-to-coaches. You may not offer this, but it's always ok to ask.