How to choose the best personal trainer for you

So you've decided to work with a Personal Trainer to smash your fitness goals. But do you know exactly how to choose the best Personal Trainer? Here's our advice…

Do your research

These days, we can find out loads about a service provider before we even send an enquiry email. So, do your research about potential Personal Trainers. Take a look at their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Read their blog posts and website news pages. Dig around and find out what you can about their training style, their reputation, their character and personality. Do you feel comfortable with what you discover?

Look beyond the Transformation Photos

Plenty of Personal Trainers post 8-week transformation photos online of clients, showing amazing before and after shots. But bear in mind that they are likely to only post up their most successful clients, the ones with real wow-factor. The transformation photos you'll see represent a small percentage of their total client base. So, look beyond the before-and-after photos. Find out what happened to the person in the photo 6 months down the line. Are they still in shape? Did the Personal Trainer look after them in that tricky post-transformation period? Are they still working with them?

Listen to word-of-mouth recommendations

Word of mouth is often the best type of recommendation, and it's no different with Personal Trainers. Whether you are looking for a Personal Trainer who works in your local gym, or seeking an online Personal Trainer who will give you training and nutrition advice, personal recommendations will help you make an informed decision. Don't be afraid to ask around, and discuss the Personal Trainer with past and current clients.

What's their style?

You need to make sure your Personal Trainer's training style matches your goals. If you want to lose weight, shape up, and transform your physique, make sure you choose a body composition specialist. If you need a Personal Trainer to help you train for a running race or other sport-specific event, ensure that's their speciality. If you'd like someone to work with in the long term, to improve your health, sleep, stress or wellness, you'll need a more holistic type of Personal Trainer. They all have their areas of specialism and interests. Make sure they are the best Personal Trainer for your specific goals.

Local, virtual or online?

You could work with a Personal Trainer who is based at your gym, or with a freelance Personal Trainer who is located in your home town. Or you could choose to employ a Personal Trainer who is based anywhere in the world and work with them online, using Skype, email, telephone and other methods to share information and feedback. Your own personality, character and needs will dictate the approach which works best for you. How much trust are you willing to place in your PT? How much motivation and accountability do you need? Is your own knowledge basic or advanced?

Trust your instincts

Ultimately, you will need to trust your instincts before you part with money for a Personal Trainer's service. The relationship you have with your PT is one of the most important ones you can have, and you're paying for it. Make sure you feel comfortable (but challenged) by your Personal Trainer, that you trust them to give you the best information and that you feel able to talk to them openly and honestly. A good Personal Trainer is invaluable if you want to take your health, fitness and body to the next level. So choose wisely.

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