Personal Trainers

Choosing A Personal Trainer

Once you've found a few potential personal trainers, it's important to do your research to find out who is best for your needs, as well as making sure they're qualified to do the job well.

Are They Registered?

The first check should be to make sure they are on the Register of Exercise Professionals. This shows that your personal trainer will have taken a practical exam and studied basic theory. However, remember that this is a basic requirement and does not show how skilled or experienced they are. Nor does having a degree or any other level of education determine how good they will be as a personal trainer.


Personal trainers are not usually employed, which means that they should carry their own liability insurance. This guarantees that they are insured should injuries occur during training that prevent you from working. If your personal trainer is employed by the gym, then they will be covered under the gym's insurance.


Testimonials are a great way of verifying whether your personal trainer has seen results in the past. Websites for individual personal trainers will often display past customer testimonials and success stories. However, always remember that some testimonials may be warning signs about the personal trainer. If they promise exceptional results that sound too good to be true then they probably are. Getting in shape means doing so in a steady and healthy way, so you want to find a trainer who promotes this.

Reputable testimonials will often include contact details. If you want to do further research then simply contact a few of the past customers for references on the individual personal trainer. If the trainer refuses to give you any references then this is a sign that they either aren't as experienced as they say, or that they've had bad experiences with customers in the past.


Different personal trainers will specialise in different types of exercise, so it's worthwhile looking for a trainer that specialises in areas you're looking to improve in. This could include those that help you to build muscle, or those that work with athletes, for example. You may even want to enquire about any past clients they have worked with who had similar goals to yours.

Your First Session

Once you've hired your personal trainer you should continue to monitor the way they work to ensure they're right for you. After all, if you're hiring a trainer for the long term then this could be a substantial investment.

Make sure that they spend a good deal of time with you on the first session to understand what your goals are, what kind of exercise you've done in the past and any medical conditions you may have. They will usually get you to fill in a questionnaire, and could get you to complete certain tests. If they simply want you to start using a machine straight away then this could be a warning sign.

When you are working out, make sure they're giving you real guidance and constructive feedback. If they simply count reps or perform other basic tasks then you may not always be getting your money's worth. It's important that they implement a number of different methods to help you stay motivated. If you feel that your personal trainer is not doing enough to help keep you moving forward, then don't be afraid to look elsewhere. 

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