Working one-on-one with a personal trainer can be intimidating, especially for folks new to fitness or new to the format. It can feel like you’re being watched, judged or even criticized, and a session with the wrong trainer can leave a sour taste in your mouth that may even dissuade you from scheduling future sessions. But it is possible to avoid this scenario and instead link up with a trainer that will push, motivate and inspire you to reach your fitness goals. Read on for the 5 questions to ask yourself to help you find the best trainer for you.
What Are My Goals?
Before your first session with a personal trainer, it is incredibly beneficial to think about your goals. The reason: It will likely be the first question your trainer asks! Because personal training is just that, personal, your trainer wants to design your sessions so that you are getting all the benefits out of them that you want. So ask yourself what your goals are. Do you want to lose weight? Gain muscle? Get more toned? Recover from an injury? Get in shape for a race? Start exercising again after time off? Even if you don’t think you have a specific goal, you are going to get more out of your first session if you can come up with something—and it will also help you get a better idea of what future sessions would be like and whether you want to continue the client-trainer relationship.
What Motivates Me?
There are many different styles of motivation—it’s the reason there are so many different types of fitness studios. Some people are motivated by tough love, while others need to be praised for small accomplishments. Some folks feel encouraged by how they feel after a workout, while others need to see data or visible results. With personal training specifically, some people are looking for a coach while others just want a guide. Before your first session, think about which of these categories you fall into. Or if you’re not sure, pay attention to your trainer’s motivation style during your first session and see how you respond to it. If your style aligns with your trainer’s, you are going to get that much more out of the sessions.
Would I Prefer One-on-One or a Small Group?
Just because you want to work with a personal trainer does not mean it needs to be one-on-one. Power for Life Fitness, for example, offers Friend Fit programs that allows you to work out with one trainer and up to three friends. You’ll still get the personalized guidance, but in a slightly less intimate setting that might make you feel more comfortable and less like you’re under a microscope every time you squat. Thinking about which one you’d prefer ahead of time can help you go far when staying committed to the program.
Do the Gender or Age of My Trainer Matter?
Are you looking for a trainer who is the same age as you or older? Do you have a preference regarding the gender of your trainer? If you do, that’s okay! This is your personal training. The more ways you can personalize it to help you stick to it, the better.
Then after your first session…
How Was It?
Once you get home after your first session (which if you’re working out with a Power for Life Fitness trainer in your apartment building, will be just two minutes after), think about how it went! Did you feel comfortable with your trainer? Did you get along? Did you like the workout? Did you feel that it was a beneficial use of your time? In most cases, you won’t be required to commit to multiple sessions until after your first one, so really put that first session under a microscope. If it checks all your boxes, then go ahead and schedule more!
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