If you are investing in working with a personal trainer then you deserve to get the value out of every dime you are paying. It’s called ‘personal’ training for a reason.
Yesterday I gave you some questions that your trainer should ask you before taking you into the gym for a workout, so today I want to arm you with questions to ask them.
- What style of trainer are you? You need to know what their temperament is…what if they yell like a Drill Sargent and that intimidates you? The sessions aren’t going to be productive. Or on the flip side, what if they are a push-over? Will you be challenged enough to succeed in reaching your goals? If the trainer can’t honestly tell you their style, walk away.
- What type of support do you offer outside of the training sessions? Listen, I know personal training isn’t cheap. But for my clients, they get what they pay for – support throughout the week with exercise plans, encouragement via text or email or even phone calls, nutritional guidance, answers to questions, etc. If the only thing you are getting out of your trainer is the session time, you are being cheated.
- How will you personalize my plan? I can’t say it enough, if it is going to be called ‘personal’ training then the plan should be unique to you, your needs, your abilities, and your goals. Not everyone should be put through a BootCamp style session, and not everyone should complete repetitive exercises session after session. You are paying to improve your health and that can only be accomplished through personalized plans with varying difficulty to meet your needs and challenge your thresholds.
- How will you track my progress? Certainly you have the ability to watch the scale and see differences in how your clothes fit but it shouldn’t be up to you to make notes of inches lost or increases in your ability to lift heavier or do more repetitions. In addition, your trainer should regularly work with you to set short and long-term goals and help you track your progress. They should provide encouragement through the times your willpower is down, they should help redirect when the goal isn’t grounded in reality, and above all they should be your biggest ‘front row clapper with a standing ovation’ each and every time you make progress towards your goals.
- How will you keep me accountable? Change requires accountability, period. Along with being your biggest cheerleader, your trainer should be one of your biggest accountability partners. Life happens, I get that. Sometimes we can’t avoid a sick child or a last minute assignment from work. However, if we are going to achieve our goals we also can’t let those things be excuses. Your trainer should be able to read through the lines of the excuses and hold your feet to the fire. There are plenty of ways to do this that aren’t nasty, and as your trainer it’s their job to call you on it.
You’re paying for a premium personalized service and that is what you deserve. Don’t settle for less. I’m not writing this to put down other trainers, I’m writing this to empower you so you know your money is being well spent and that you have a partner that will invest in you and your health.
If you have questions about working with a trainer contact me. I don’t necessarily have to be your trainer to help you. I’d certainly like to be, but more importantly, I’d like to help you find the person that can best help you achieve health and happiness. If you are in the Lombard, Elmhurst or Glen Ellyn area, let’s meet for coffee and talk about your goals…my treat.