With a sea of personal trainers and fitness gyms to choose from how do you know which one to chose? You know it is important to make an investment in your fitness success, but you want to make sure it’s a sound investment with the right person and the right facility.

First, congratulations that you have decided to take the next steps in your personal fitness journey and doing the research on how to decide how you are going to progress. Working with a professional personal trainer can support your fitness goals, motivate you and hold you accountable from your workouts to living a healthy lifestyle, and more. So how do you choose the right one?

It is crucial that you do your due diligence when choosing your personal trainer so here are five tips to help you in selecting your “perfect fitness match”.

Credentials. This is a no-brainer. If a personal trainer cannot show you his or her fitness certification(s) then it’s a bust. To become certified, personal trainers must pass an exam through an accredited organization. This ensures that they have met the criteria standards of professionalism and competence from a trustworthy source. A personal trainer should be proud of what they accomplished to meet this standard and be more than happy to hand it over to you or better yet display on the walls of their office or facility.

Experience. How many years has the personal trainer been around? A trainer with experience has been perfecting his craft for many years. He/she knows how to work with different abilities, ages, genders, goals and more. A personal trainer with experience knows how get the most out of every rep.

Character. What kind of person motivates you? How do you perform at your best? Do you need a cheerleader or a drill sergeant?  If you are unsure about what might work best for you talk to the personal trainer and get to know their personality, like what type of music do they listen too, what gets them excited to train everyday, and plainly, what type of workout environment do they create.

Availability. What is their schedule like? How many clients do they already serve? Is it a strict schedule? How do you book sessions? Is there a cancellation policy and if so what is it? Inquire upfront on the personal trainers availability. Be sure that if you may need wiggle room from time to time that the personal trainer is ok with that possibility. You want to start this relationship with trust and understanding so neither of you ends up disappointed later on.

Reputation. What do their online or website reviews say about them? Do they have referrals? A great personal trainer would be happy to have you talk to his/her clients. Another good source is to look at their website and see the before and after success stories. If they have had successes over the years for many clients then they can surely do it for many more.

Overall, doing a little homework before jumping into a new fitness routine is critical. There is a fine line to making a good investment in your health vs. going into the closest, most cost effective gym and getting assigned a trainer by the reception desk. A great personal trainer should be willing to give you a free session/assessment to help determine if they are the right fit for you. So make sure to ask for one.

Finding the right personal trainer may not be at the giant box gyms with the colorful commercials and the cheap introductory offers. Good personal training is finding the right fit to you. Choosing someone that you can create a bond with. Someone who will play a role in helping you maximize your time with them, prevent injury and help you see consistent results.

In the end trust your gut. When you meet the personal trainer, does it feel like the right fit? Do you believe this person can motivate you, inspire you? Then they are the one to hire and do not look back, go crush that workout.

At Ish Fitness, I have over 10 years experience in helping all walks of life reach and maintain their goals. I own my own fitness facility, stocked with the equipment that I love and know will work. I believe in helping people reach their fitness goals, from the couch potato status to the elite athlete to everything in between. Give me a call, let’s meet and see if I am the right fit for you. #402-208-7401.