Unless you’re the kind of person who gets up at six o’clock every morning to get a run in before work, it’s fair to say that most of us could use a little help when it comes to sticking to an exercise regime. It’s not that we don’t want to get fit and feel healthier, it’s just that there never seems to be enough time. And in the winter when it’s cold and dark for most of the time, who wouldn’t prefer to slum it on the couch rather than head to the park or gym for a session with the kettle bells.
This is why the fitness industry gave us mere mortals the gift that is the personal trainer! Personal trainers are a special breed. They tend to live and breathe fitness, they understand the importance of diet and nutrition and the best ones know how to get the most from their clients; pushing them when they need to be pushed, and recognising when someone is losing heart and needs a different approach.
If you’ve been thinking about working out with a personal trainer then it’s best to try and find one in your area. You’ll be so much more inclined to stick to your routine if you don’t have far to travel, and it’s great to be able to train in your local park when the weather allows it. When you’re doing your research make sure that you only shortlist personal trainers who have the relevant qualifications. Keep an eye out for qualifications that have been awarded by CYQ (Central YMCA) Active IQ (Active International Qualifications) and City and Guilds. This proves that your personal trainer has taken the time to commit to a recognised course and is properly qualified to take you on your fitness journey.
It’s also important to find a personal trainer who matches your personality and who you know you can get along with. If you think there might be a personality clash then it may be a good idea to keep looking. A lot of personal trainers will offer a trial session to find if you are a good fit for each other and whether or not you like their approach and feel it will work for you. If you’re not comfortable with their style, don’t be afraid to say so; it will be better for both of you in the long run.
Your best bet might be to ask friends who are currently working with a trainer and get recommendations from as many people as possible. After all, if you’re going to be working your butt off (literally you hope!) with someone on a regular basis, it needs to be the right person.