You’re finally ready to change your life by starting your fitness journey, but you have no idea what to do or where to start. Consider hiring a personal trainer! There are various benefits to hiring a personal trainer, but you need to make sure you find the right one for your goals and current ability.
What to Look for When Searching for a Personal Trainer
Define Your Goals
Determine what you want to achieve through personal training. Do you want to lose weight, gain muscle, improve your form, or achieve other goals? When meeting with a potential trainer, have a clear idea of what you are looking to do and ask what they specialize in and can help you reach the goals you set for yourself.
Ask friends, family, or colleagues who have had positive experiences with personal trainers for their recommendations. Word-of-mouth referrals can provide valuable insights and help you narrow down your choices.
Research Credentials & Certifications
Look for trainers who are certified by reputable organizations. Certification ensures that the trainer has met specific standards and possesses the knowledge and skills required to train clients effectively. Not only should they be certified, but they should also be up-to-date on their certifications, including CPR and AED training. Each organization is different, so do your research! The following organizations are what you should look for when a trainer shares their certification with you:
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
- National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
- American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Client Success Stories
Aside from personal recommendations from family and friends, ask the trainer about previous client testimonials and success stories. Trainers who have helped others achieve their goals, especially goals similar to yours, are more likely to be effective in guiding you to your success.
Cost, Availability, and Location
Consider practical factors such as the trainer’s location, availability, and cost. Choose a trainer whose schedule aligns with yours and whose fits fit within your budget. Unfortunately, you may like a personal trainer, but their price and location don’t work with your schedule and lifestyle, and that’s okay! There’s a personal trainer out there for everyone. While hiring a personal trainer is an investment in yourself, budget is still an essential factor. Personal training isn’t cheap but not insanely expensive, either. Personal trainers can cost between $30 and $200 per session, week, or month.
Do you get along?
Personal training is about people, so finding a personal trainer that is a people person would be best. Trainers interact with different emotions, different energies, and occasionally people coming in after a bad day, and trainers need to be able to deal with that. The best personal trainers will have the best personalities and can get along with almost anyone. Do you get along with them? Do you see yourself happily being around them for a few hours weekly?
Do they offer trial sessions?
Some trainers offer trial sessions or discount packages for new clients, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of that! It allows you to experience their training style, see if you mesh well, and if they’ll fit in with your fitness goals. Our trainers at West Coast Strength offer two FREE personal training sessions to new clients!
Trust Your Instincts!
Finding a personal trainer is a personal decision based on your goals and preferences. Take your time to explore your options, ask questions, and make an informed decision. Trust your intuition and choose a trainer that feels right for you.
Meet our Trainers!
West Coast Strength has various awesome personal trainers that you can trust! We have someone for everyone, so you know you’ll find a trainer right for you! Read about each of our trainers on our website and take advantage of our two FREE personal training sessions! Please stop by or give us a call today!