How to Get The Best Personal Trainer
First of all, I wouldn’t recommend just anyone to get a personal trainer.
To be completely open about it, personal trainers can be the best way forward for a lot of people and the worst for a similar number.
Whether you get great results or not is only about 30% in your hands.
The other 70% is in theirs, the personal trainer.
And it’s hard to know how to choose the right PT.
What a PT knows is unfortunately only half of the battle. Almost anyone can learn about muscles, exercise and nutrition.
I’m not saying that the experience and knowledge of a PT is irrelevant because it really isn’t.
But knowing people, understanding people and having life experience and empathy towards people is a key skill that is missing in many trainers.
Putting someone on a chicken, broccoli and rice diet and smashing them to bits every session is all very well and good. If you’re a bodybuilder, you’ll see good results from this.
Most people aren’t bodybuilders though, they’re school mums and dads with children, families and jobs and their training and nutrition should reflect this.
Don’t get me wrong, a chicken, broccoli and rice diet coupled with hammering yourself in the gym for hours on end is bound to get you some good results.
If you can stick to it.
Which is the problem, because most people won’t,
- it’s dull
- it’s boring
- it doesn’t fit in with your current lifestyle
Your training should require you to change some part of your nutrition and lifestyle, just enough to elicit a response from your body, preferably the response that you are looking for, be that fat loss, increased muscle tone or increased fitness.
Change too much though and it becomes unsustainable.
It’s like walking a tightrope…
Not enough change and you won’t see any results, too much change and you’ll fall off and stop.
Keeping balanced is hard.
To keep you interested and seeing results without negatively impacting the rest of your life is going to take a lot of effort from someone who gets you.
Someone who understands your struggles.
who understands why you want the results.
will do whatever it takes to get you there.
This is the hard part of finding a personal trainer… It’s finding the right person for you.
So how do you do it?
Follow these 4 rules for finding the right personal trainer for you
- Make sure they have some life experience. Someone who has lived and breathed the gym their entire life, often, don’t understand the sacrifices normal people have to make to get great results.
- Make sure they ask everything about you, what results you want to get, why you want to get them, what’s important to you, what you’re willing and not willing to give up… In the initial consultation, you should be talking 60%+ of the time. If they’re talking more than you, they’re more interested in what they have to say rather than you.
- You HAVE to have a connection. I can’t put it into words. You need for them to just ‘get’ you, and you need to ‘get’ them. You’re going to be putting your trust in them to get you your results. If you don’t have that connection, you’re less likely to follow their advice and stick to their plans and therefore less likely to get the results that you want.
- Ultimately, listen to your gut instinct. If you meet them and they put you at ease, you like the sound of their style of training and you feel like you trust them from the start, then go for it. If you just don’t match up, if they spend too much time talking about themselves or their training style doesn’t seem to fit with you or what you want, then walk away.
There is a personal trainer out there for everyone who wants one.
Just make sure that you follow the steps above and you’ll end up with a good one and one who will lead you towards amazing results.