10 Tips on How to Find Your Perfect Trainer
In today’s world, everything is only a search away. But sometimes it's hard to look things up because there are just so many options. So where in the world do I start looking for a personal trainer? It’s not like I can just flip through the Yellow Pages and call a number; now there are endless amounts of people on the internet who offer classes and private workouts. How do I find my perfect trainer? Here is a list of 10 things that my friends have told me, as well as what I found on the very convenient interweb when it comes to finding a trainer:
- Know what you want.
Yes, I know this sounds simple, but really think about it. What is your goal? Are you looking to lose weight? Do you want to train for a marathon? Are you looking for someone who knows how to use the machines in the gyms or someone who knows how to do yoga? Ask yourself what it is that you want and go from there. Trust me, you don't want to type in “Personal Trainers in NYC” in Google because that’s just going to make you feel overwhelmed because of all the options.
- What motivates you?
Different people get motivated in different ways. Are you the type of person who likes to get pushed to the limit by someone who yells at you like a drill sergeant? Or are you the type of person who like positive reinforcement and gentle encouragement? Different people have different ways of getting motivated, so find what works for you, because you don’t want to be stuck with a trainer that doesn't motivate you or worse, makes you hate what you’re doing.
- What kind of person are you going to be comfortable with?
Will you be more comfortable with someone from the same sex, or opposite sex? Or does that not matter to you? Do you want someone older or younger? When you work out, you should feel comfortable with yourself and with your trainer or else it won’t work!
- Location, location, location.
Where do you want to work out? Where would you feel most comfortable? In a busy place with a lot of people like a gym, or a small private studio, or would you feel more comfortable in your own home without anyone else? Working out should not be something that you dread. If you don't like the atmosphere in the gym because there are always a lot of people, maybe you’d rather do it in a smaller studio with a couple of people, or maybe you would just rather be alone one on one in the comfort of your own home! Look for trainers that will accommodate to what you want.
- What is your budget?
Before anything starts, you want to make sure you know what your budget it. Getting a personal trainer can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to either. Look at what your goal is and what kind of training you want. Just make sure they're in your budget because you don't want to get a trainer that is too expensive. Even if they’re the perfect fit, it’ll be harder to have a long term commitment to them if you can't afford them long term.
- Get recommendations from friends.
Chances are that at least one of your friends has or has had a personal trainer, or knows someone who has one. Ask them for help! Maybe they don't have the same goals as you, but at least they can tell you where they got one or ask their trainer if they know anyone who would be a perfect trainer for you!
- Look at their credentials.
The scary thing about the internet is that anyone can post anything. You always want to make sure that your trainer has the right training and credentials to be a trainer. You don't want to get a sketchy person and risk injuring yourself! The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) is in charge of making sure organizations have certified trainers, and you can easily look up the full list of names online!
- What experiences do they have?
How long have they been a trainer? Obviously, every trainer has to start somewhere, but do you really want to be their guinea pig? Make sure your guy has enough experience because like all great teachers, they learn as they go. The more people they train, the more they know what methods work and what doesn't. Make sure that their method works for you too.
- Look at reviews!
The great thing about having everything at your fingertips is that these days, everyone writes reviews about everything. Meaning that there has to be some sort of review of the person you are looking for somewhere on the internet, especially someone who has been a trainer for a while. If they don't have any reviews, eh maybe they’re not the right person. I mean when you go to Yelp to look for places to go for dinner, do you go to the place with zero reviews, or to the one with a lot? Same thing with trainers.
- Don't commit right away!
Just because you had a session with this person, it doesn’t mean you have to use them for the rest of your life! Test the waters a little bit, try a couple trainers until you find the right one. Working out should be about you, so if you’re not comfortable with a trainer, or they just don't feel like the right person, don't worry, the right one will come soon!
Once you figure this all out, go onto FitNited.com and book a session! It asks you what kind of workout you are looking for, what your goal is, sex of the trainer, etc. and pairs you up with your perfect trainer! You get to choose where you want them to meet you, in a gym, outside in the park, or even your house. FitNited makes searching for your perfect trainer easy, you just tell us what you want and we will send it right to you. Happy searching!