3 Steps to Choosing the Right Personal Trainer

3 Steps to Choosing the Right Personal Trainer

3 Steps to Choosing the Right Personal Trainer


The relationship between a personal trainer and a client is an intimate one.  As a fitness professional and a mental health professional, I see a lot of similar needs in my clients.  Often times I would draw from my knowledge and skills as a therapist to enhance my training relationship.  


Deciding that you need assistance with your personal health and fitness goals can leave you in a vulnerable place.  Asking for help is never easy.  Considering this uneasy feeling, how can you be sure that you have entrusted the right person to help you along this journey of self improvement?  


Here are our steps to help you select the right trainer for you.


1.Be sure the trainer has the experience to help you reach your goals.  

You might be saying to yourself: I don’t even know what my fitness goals are.  During your first contact with a trainer one question that he/she should ask is “What are your fitness goals”.  If they don’t, weed them out immediately.  

If you don’t have an answer, a good trainer will ask you specific questions to help you clarify your goals.  Your trainer should ask you about your health concerns, recent injuries, nutrition, trouble areas, and fitness goals. The two of you should discuss where you are and where you want to be.

Once you establish your goals, be sure the trainer has the experience and skills needed to help you reach your goals. If you want to train for a marathon but the trainer specializes in working with body builders, this may not be the right fit.


2. Be sure that their training style will mesh with your learning style.

If you are someone who is a visual learner, who needs to see an exercise performed several times in order to fully grasp the concept, you want to ensure that your trainer is patient enough to work with you through this learning process.

On the contrary, if you are a person that learns by doing, you want to ensure that you work with a trainer who will allow you to try, then correct you through any struggle.  As opposed to a trainer who wants to give you a 15 minute lecture and demonstration on the proper squat form.

This is going to be one of your most important relationships in the gym. Make sure it’s a good one.


3. Be mindful of your budget

A good trainer should be compensated well for their services, especially if they are providing you with results that you are happy with.  It is important to select a trainer that is within your budget to ensure that you can see yourself through the process.  

You may have found the perfect trainer for you.  They understand your goals, their training style is exactly what you are looking for, however their price is way out of your budget.  


You will find a rate that you can afford, which won’t cause you so much health-destroying stress.  Many trainers offer discounts based on the frequency that you train and the duration of your commitment to them.


Finding the right personal trainer is like finding the right therapist: it’s the start of an important relationship that can bring you a lot of happiness, and greatly improve your health.


It’s also a commitment to yourself, and to your trainer. Most trainers aren’t raking in the dough. In fact, they’ll be counting on you.


Not sure how to find a trainer that has the right experience, meshes well with your learning style and fits your budget? E-mail info@investinyourbody.com for essential questions and trainer recommendations.


Demetrius Fincher, LMSW, NASM-CPT
Invest in Your Body


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