As the average waistline keeps getting bigger, so does the fitness industry. It has become more and more common for people to hire Personal Trainers, but how do you know you're picking the right one? Unfortunately, our industry isn't regulated and anyone can call themselves a Personal Trainer without being certified. So here are some tips to make sure you pick the right one:
1) First and foremost, ask to see a copy of their certification and make sure it hasn't expired. All certifying agencies require trainer to re-certify every year or two.
2) Ask for testimonials from past or current clients. If the trainer has helped other clients reach their goals, odds are they know how to get you to your goals too.
3) If you are training for something specific ie; to run a 10k, look for a trainer who has trained others for the same type of event and who trains or has experience in the same sport.
4) look for someone who practices what they preach! Would you take advice from a cardiologist with a smoking habit? Don't take advice from a trainer who doesn't practice a healthy lifestyle.
5) If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is... meaning, if they're guaranteeing you will lose a ridiculous amount of weight in no time at all if you pay a ridiculous amount of money right now... run.
6) A good trainer will help you to set realistic, healthy and attainable goals and they will tell you if your goals aren't.
7) Ask what they're training philosophy is and make sure you're comfortable with it.
8) Lastly remember, you are going to be spending a lot of time with this person, do you feel comfortable with them? Do you like them? Is this someone who's going to motivate and inspire you?
I hope this helps you to make a good choice, but if you check all of these things and still end up with a trainer who doesn't fit right with you... well that's for another blog post ;)