How To Hire A Good Fitness Coach
A good personal trainer is worth every penny you spend. However, a bad personal trainer is a waste of money and time. If you are working with a personal trainer that doesn’t really know what they are doing, it can set you back pretty far in our fitness journey.
Unfortunately it can be pretty difficult to find a personal trainer that’s worth while. However, it’s a lot easy to spot a good personal trainer if you know what you are looking for. Here on some tips on how to hire a good fitness coach.
#1: Know What You Want
The first and most important step is to figure out exactly what you want from your personal trainer. You need to make a list of your goals and things you hope to accomplish by working with a fitness coach. Are you training for a marathon? Hoping to get into power lifting? Just looking to get in shape? Make sure you have these questions answered before you go searching for the perfect fitness coach.
The next step is to figure out what you need. For example:
- Are you just looking for a power lifting coach to show you the basics (squat, deadlift, etc.) so your form is right? Just a few sessions up front and a few later down the line to confirm you’re on the right path might suffice.
- Are you new to working out or looking to kick start your first 2 months of training with 2 sessions per week to keep you disciplined?
- What type of person are you? Do you need more hands-on guidance throughout your workouts, or more space to take ownership and thrive on your own? Do you need somebody who will cheer you on or do you need tough love from somebody to call you on your bullshit?
Once you have set expectations and goals, you can begin searching for a fitness coach that’s a good fir for you.
#2: Good Signs
Once you’ve found a trainer that’s a good match for you, there are a few things you should look out for. Here are some things your fitness coach should do:
- Be listening to you completely and hearing your story.
- Ask about any past issues with injuries or experience with exercise. If you’re injured or have any deficiencies, they should know this so they can create a great program for you.
- Ask you about your nutrition. If they don’t ask about your nutrition, you’re going to be wasting your time.
- Practice what they preach. They don’t have to be an Olympian, but should have a healthy lifestyle.
- Tell you about their expertise and how they can help you. They should be able to share past successes of clients with you or point to their credentials and history of success.
- Set proper expectations. You won’t get ripped in a month, but they can let you know it could take many months to get in shape or build the right kind of habits.
These are all good signs that you have found a quality fitness coach.
#3: Red Flags
Just as there are signs of a good personal trainer, there are also a few signs of a bad one. There are a few major red flags you should keep an eye out for.
- Missing Credentials: Your personal trainer should be able to show you their credentials; no if’s and’s, or but’s. Making sure your trainer is certified is a good way to start to separate the good from the bad. Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) is the best certification, but there are also a lot of great trainers that go through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and American Council on Exercise.
- The Wrong Pain: Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is up. And there is a difference between normal soreness and injury-related pain. Sharp pain is not something you should feel during a workout. A skilled trainer should be able to recognize the difference and give you modifications for your workout.
- Cookie-Cutter: Beware the “entertainment exercise” trainers with a routine that isn’t catered to your goals. These are the trainers that just try to confuse you with needlessly complex movements and put all their clients through roughly the same cookie-cutter plan.
In short, finding a good personal trainer can be a bit tricky. However if you keep an eye out for the things mentioned above, it should make the process a lot easier.
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