There are plenty of personal trainers out there willing to take your money and give you a workout. The question is - how do you know which traineris right for you?
Ask some key questions of yourself before approaching a trainer:
1. What is my goal (Weight loss? Overall toning? Better cardio health?)
2. How much time can I commit? (Most trainers will want to meet at least twice a week when beginning with a new client.)
3. Am I willing to change my diet? (Many trainers will ask to see a food log.)
4. By what date do I hope to meet my goal? (Be realistic - trainers are not magicians. If you are not sure what a realistic target is, most trainers are equipped to help with that.)
Then, with those answers in hand, ask some key questions of potential trainers:
1. What certifications do you hold? (There are many certifying bodies. Your goal here is to ensure that your trainer has attained the education necessary to ensure your safety.)
2. What is your training style? (Functional or real life training? Agility for athletes? Helping clients lose weight? You might also ask if the trainer has any prior clients you can speak to. Some carry a portfolio of before and after pictures, which are helpful if your goal is to lose weight or change your appearance.)
3. Do you carry insurance? (Trainers usually carry liability insurance. Some may be covered by their workplace.) By matching your desires to a trainer's style and abilities, you have the best shot of finding a training professional who can help you achieve your goals. Don't forget that you're in charge of the trainer/client relationship. Ask questions that ensure you are getting what you need and want from personal training.
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