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December 5, 2020

4 Things To Look For in Finding the Right Trainer

Finding the right trainer can have a major impact on your time, health and fitness successes. Many individuals I work with have increased energy, muscle mass, and lose weight. When everything falls into place, the relationship you have with your trainer should keep you safe and progressing you toward your goals. The sessions should be fun and challenging and tailored to meet your individual fitness needs. Here are five things I recommend considering before choosing who to trust as a partner in your personal fitness.

1. Personality

In finding the right trainer you want think about their personality type. You will be spending a lot of time with your trainer and they will see you at your best…and worst. You want to feel comfortable with this person and able to open up about your goals, struggles, and aspirations as they relate to your personal life as well as your fitness and health. You also have to be willing to take their advice, pushes, and encouragement. Look for  a trainer who’s attitude and personal interaction you enjoy and that enhances the training. I believe that it is important to find a positive, upbeat, and motivational trainer who you feel comfortable with.

2. Approach/Philosophy

You should find a trainer who’s approach and philosophy are aligned with your goals and fitness vision. Looking at the trainer’s services and areas of expertise will give you an idea of their approach and philosophy. Think of what approach you think will best suit you. I believe in a comprehensive approach to assess fitness levels and construct appropriate plans to build well-rounded fitness that is functional and fun.

3. Experience

In finding the right trainer you want a someone with some first-hand knowledge in the area of training that supports your fitness goals. If you want to focus on injury recovery and corrective exercise you will want a trainer that has recovered successfully from an injury. If you want to run a trail or obstacle race, you want to find a trainer that has run several. Also, finding a trainer with varied experience can be useful in providing a multitude of insights and different training approaches as your fitness develops. Today’s goal may be one thing, but tomorrow’s may be different, you want a trainer who can support you in both, and help you grow your fitness. I have experience and first hand knowledge in multitude of areas some including functional fitness, corrective exercise, weight loss, race training, and strength training.

4. Logistics

Looking for a trainer that meets the priorities that you are looking for in training such as:

  1. Convenience – facility nearby, home visits, or remote training
  2. Services – in-person, remote, training plans, and coaching calls
  3. Price – what price range can you afford (matching what you are looking for from training to the price point)

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