Picking a PT
1. How long have they been in the industry? This isn’t always the best pointer but chances are the more experience they have, the better placed they will be to advise you.
2. What are their qualifications – ask for a copy of their C.V. You are employing them and what boss would employ staff without it?
3. Look for a broad range of qualifications. Any trainer worth his/her salt should be studied in a number of different areas and disciplines and should take an interest in all manner of training methods.
4. Make sure they are insured.
5. They should listen to your goals and tailor a program to fit your lifestyle, current fitness levels, any health problems you have, any motivational issues that you may suffer from – it is ‘personal’ training, after all!
6. They should set a realistic time limit for achieving them. You shouldn’t just be forking out every week with no end in sight.
7. They should be able to give you at least basic nutrition advice to supplement the workout regime they craft for you. Diet is more than half the battle.
8. They should give you homework!
9. They should check in with you regularly by phone or email to see how you are getting on and give you a little extra motivation if you need it.
10. They should monitor your results and make sure that you are meeting your weekly/fortnightly/monthly targets and if not, consider why not, together.
Your trainer shouldn’t just be standing there holding your towel and counting how many press-ups you do.
If all of these boxes aren’t being ticked, it’s time to ditch the PT and pick a better one!