…And what most other personal trainers and health clubs will not tell you.
You are thinking about or maybe working towards making a positive change in your life style. This should be a time of celebration and re-growth. Sometimes, the uncertainty of the “How To’s” and the “Where To’s” can be overwhelming and even discouraging. That’s why your Personal Trainer should be utilized as your most important resource.
1st: Your trainer should be flexible with your schedule. All trainers (including the ones in the gyms) have the ability to be flexible. Don’t let them fool you otherwise. Big Hint: you need to work out at a time that is most suited to you. Everyone is different and some people work better at 6:30am when others are better at 9:30pm. Don’t let your trainer force you into a time slot that is not comfortable with your schedule or your sleeping patter. Most trainers will be able to accommodate you at your specific times so that you can get the most out of your workout. If your trainer won’t negotiate on time, then keep looking! But remember, your workout is for you and your benefit so it should suite your schedule not someone else’s.
2nd: Your trainer should provide a Free consultation and Free testing. I can’t stress this enough. Make sure there is an opportunity for you to get to know each other before you make your decision. This is one of the essentials and what this initial consultation and testing is for. The fitness testing and consultation will help you get an idea as to what type of a trainer they are and if your personalities are compatible. Like in every industry there is good and bad practitioners, therefore test-driving is important for longevity!
3rd: Good trainers have a network of health care professionals that they can refer you too. This is a great way to see how plugged into the fitness industry they really are. Most personal trainers will refer to a network of professionals that they know personally and have used their services. Your trainer, if experienced, has many contacts within diet, nutrition, rehab and alternative health care that they will/should refer you too if they feel it necessary.
You don’t get what you don’t ask for…. So Ask! This is a sure fire way of making the most of your training dollar. There should be no cost for this referral service. There is nothing like the comfort of knowing you are in good hands and if you trust your trainer from the beginning you will know that they are sending you to a good practitioner. This is also a great way to do a under cover background check on your trainer.
4th: Trainers can and should bring it all together for you. This goes hand in hand with their network of professionals. You should expect them to be responsible for checking in with you and seeing how you are enjoying your program. Seeing if there are any aches or pains that are occurring due to your exercise. This is when they should use there network to WOW you an be able to refer to other professionals without there ego getting in the way. They should be asking you questions everyday with regards to your status, as we all know each day out body changes. If they are not asking you questions then this is a big warning sign. It implies that they may not be a committed to your well-being and total health. This is not what you are looking for. You are looking for fitness professional that you can trust your health to. If someone cares about you they will ask about you.
5th: Your trainer needs to be approachable and compassionate to your specific needs and goals. A trainer who is a professional and one who understands the importance of your health and how big of a step you are making to change your life style. You need to feel comfortable and be able to have continual dialog with regards to your ever-changing needs. A professional should be able to modify any exercise to suite you and should set goals for you to reach. There should be that motivation to want to do more and this is what they are there to provide.
6th: Most importantly, your trainer should de dependable and reliable. This is your health we are talking about!! Without your health you really can’t do a lot. BIG HINT: If you are running into the problem of your trainer not being reliable it is time to make a change. You are committed to your goals and so should your trainer be.
This is how we think at TBT! Hope to hear from you soon.
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