You are wanting help to get fit, lean, lose weight or maybe just overall feel better and have more energy. Your first thought is to find a personal trainer. Someone to guide you through the process and help you achieve these goals. The difference with finding a good trainer versus a bad one means the difference of getting injured or not, hitting your goals or not, or wasting your money compared to finding someone so valuable money isn't an issue.
I was talking with my sister about her experience with a recent trainer. She joined a very nice gym and was signed up to work with a trainer who was certified. My sister is over 50 and this trainer was in his mid 20's and a former football player. After a few sessions she stopped training with him because he was training her like a football player. The movements and exercises he wanted her to do were difficult and the sessions were not what she was looking for. She expressed to him, " I'm in my fifties. You can't train me like a football player. I can't move like this. My goals are to feel better, get toned and be able to live life with energy and fullness. The workouts are not attaining these goals." My sister was able to recognize the trainer and his abilities were not benefiting her and that injury was just around the corner. Unfortunately, most do not because you want to believe your certified personal trainer has the knowledge and you are trusting them to train you correctly and efficiently, so why question them? If this same trainer had a high school kid who wanted to get faster and stronger for football then it would be a great match. My sister was not.
I have heard countless stories like this one, so if you are looking for a personal trainer here are some tips on finding the right one for you.
If you do find that special personal trainer be sure to always express how you feel. If an exercise is hurting your joints or feels painful you need to let them know. A good one will have you stop immediately and make note of the situation. I tell my clients their feedback is very important, so be sure to let your trainer know.
Having a personal trainer can be very beneficial for your health and hitting your fitness goals, but finding the right one is important. I hope my four tips will lead you in the right path.
is the owner of The Good Body Personal Training. With a Bachelors of Science degree in the fitness field and 25 years experience in the fitness industry, she has become an expert in the field of exercise science and a well known personal trainer.