This month is all about health, which is the third pillar in my flagship program “Life Is A Business”. Without a good foundation of health, we don’t have much. This is why eating right and exercising regularly are so important. If you want to live well and prosper into your golden years, you need to start a fitness program now. Looking for a personal trainer that can help you stay accountable to your exercise routine and show them how to perform movements properly.
When it comes to the question of how to choose a personal trainer or fitness instructor, there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are 3 questions to ask before signing up with a personal trainer.
Make sure the expertise of your personal trainer aligns with your goals
Ask yourself: what do you want to achieve from these fitness sessions? Do you want to lose weight? Build muscles? Learn exercises that you can do during a certain time of life like pregnancy or old age? When figuring out how to choose a personal trainer, consider what is important to you and then choose someone who matches. Do not pick someone just because you like the way they look. Choose a trainer who can give you the results you are desiring. Some personal trainers will specialize in powerlifting, flexibility, and others in specific types of exercise like kettlebells and yoga. Decide on your fitness goals and use that as your guide.
Ask them if they have any certifications
You want to make sure that the person you hire has some certification. If they are in the US, they could have been certified through any of the following organizations: NSCA, ACSM, NASM, ACE, and NPTI. Having a certification like this only means that your fitness instructor understands proper form and how to execute movements safely. I specifically recommend anyone with certifications from NPTI as it’s one of the most extensive schools for personal training in the country. Whether or not they have certifications is a very important factor when considering the question of “how to choose a personal trainer”.
Find out how long it usually takes to get results
You want to work with a trainer who has done this many times before. When thinking about how to choose a personal trainer, make sure you choose people who have the experience in getting the results you want. Look for reviews of their past or current clients and see for yourself how well their process works. Remember, there are a lot of people who sell themselves as being more accomplished than they are. This is the power of marketing after all. If you want to start competing in powerlifting competitions, find someone who trained the first-place winner or has earned a first-place trophy themselves.
When thinking about how to choose a personal trainer, it’s important that you first ask the previously mentioned questions, and only then will you be able to make a well-informed decision.
Maybe you are not ready for a personal trainer, or getting in the gym is not your preference yet, and you want to start a small step. My 90-day Health Program can be a great stepping stone to start you on your way.