What you should know about Personal Trainers

A personal trainer is a personal motivator to see you through the good and the bad of weight loss. They are there to ensure that you follow through every step of the way and achieve results. Question is are truly getting results or the personal trainer is not doing their job?

The Personal Trainer is hired for one purpose and one purpose only: To help you to achieve your goals. He or she will not train for you, but will hold your hand and lead the way on your journey to excellence.
As a part of marketing yourself as a Personal Trainer, free advice is one of the best. Everybody has a question about his or her training, and when they see a PT it’s a natural thing to seize the opportunity and ask. Then the PT answers the question, hands out a business card and tells the person to get in touch for more help. This is highly effective and one of the most common ways of building a trust between a client and the PT.
But the majority still shake their heads, pocket the card and say: “Naah… I’ve been doing this for X number of years and this was the one thing I wondered about. Thanks.” Big mistake. You might have just turned down the key to results beyond your wildest dreams.

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You should choose your trainer wisely. Do not just fall for the physical appearance. You also need to bond that is why it is personal training. You do not want to work with someone who talks down at you. You also need to check their credentials and of course find out their reputation.

Therefore, it’s crucial to do your due diligence as you go about choosing a trainer; all it takes is a little legwork to determine whether or not someone will be a good fit for your needs. After all, it’s called “personal” training for a reason — working closely together creates a bond that will help you to stay engaged and motivated throughout the process.

Credentials. No ifs, ands or butts, a trainer should be able to show you a fitness certification in their particular area of expertise. To become certified, personal trainers must pass an exam through accredited organizations such as The American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). This ensures they’ve met certain standards of professionalism and competence from a trustworthy organization.

Experience. Practice makes (near) perfect, so a trainer who has been around the block a few times has likely tested and perfected his process for providing the best cues to help you get the most out of every single rep. So unless you’re okay with playing guinea pig, it might be best to resist the urge to cut a deal with a freshly-certified trainer in favor of one who has some previous experience.

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If you already have a personal trainer you still need to do a check on them. You do not want to continue wasting time and money on someone who is not delivering. First all if the trainer overcomplicates everything, it’s time to let them go. If they do not give you any homework and just say see you tomorrow, they need to go. There are several signs that your personal trainer is no trainer at all.

  1. They Overcomplicate Everything

    A sure sign your personal trainer sucks is that they can’t explain anything simply. Everything that comes out of their mouth seems to be some form of other-worldly language. Your personal trainer should be working hard to make sure they can explain things you as easily as possibly. They should not be using elongated Latin terms to explain that pull-ups make you stronger than lat pulldowns.

2. They Don’t Give You Work to Do Outside of Sessions

Your personal trainer sucks if they don’t give you work to do outside of your sessions together. If they charge you by the hour but don’t try to help you in the other 167 hours in the week, you need to fire them — straight away.

What you do in your one-hour session should help you to achieve your goals outside of your session. Good personal trainers give you homework, with a reason.

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