If someone asked you what personal training was about, what would come to your mind? A Sergeant Major style drill session? The sort of thing that celebrities do, or perhaps the reserve of the wealthy? Specific training targeted at professional or semi-professional athletes?
All of the above may well be the case, but the fact of the matter is that personal training is available for everybody.
You may be someone who understands the importance of health benefits, but lacks knowledge or direction in their training. Maybe you have the knowledge, but your enthusiasm to make use of it needs re-invigorating. Or perhaps you’re training for a specific event and require a specialised programme to help you reach your goal.
So you have an idea of what you want to get out of your training and you’ve checked their credentials. The next step is meet the trainer in person to decide if a) they can deliver what you want them to and b) you feel that you will be able to work with them.
Many trainers offer a free consultation and you can expect to fill in a PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire), a Health & Lifestyle questionnaire and a Consent form – especially if they do body-measurements or take you through physical testing as part of the consultation process. It is during this process that you will know whether they are the right trainer for you, especially if you have a specific issue (Ie, Injury that requires rehab, any of the issues mentioned in point two which require NVQ level 4 or above).
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, as a Personal Trainer should tell you what their limitations are – for everyone’s safety. Similarly, expect the Personal Trainer to be asking in-depth questions about your background. By withholding information about genetic health issues, previous injuries etc, could potentially put you at risk.
The final thing to consider is whether you feel you can work with them. There are many different personalities and training styles, so you must feel at ease with the trainer and be able to work closely with them. If you don’t feel they’re right for you, then don’t be afraid to keep searching.
Your ideal Personal Trainer will be “in-tune” with your needs, with the whole process being an open two-way development. Have fun, get fit, and stay healthy.