The New Year’s Ball has dropped, the champagne has been popped, and intentions have been set for the coming year. If your goal for 2017 is to get in shape and improve your health, personal training is an excellent way to keep yourself accountable while seeing progressive results. Don’t let your eagerness cloud your judgment, though. Not all trainers are created equal- training styles vary, as well as their available and, quite frankly, their personality. One trainer may have a gentle coaching style that focuses on yoga while another may have a more intense coaching style that like to incorporate boxing. Are either bad? Not at all! It completely depends on what YOU prefer as the client.
Here are a few fatal mistakes people often make when shopping around for the right personal trainer:
Not selecting a trainer that is familiar with your medical condition.
Talk with your trainer early on about your medical conditions. Do you have arthritis, diabetes, Ehlers Danlos, Crohn’s Disease, or any other kind of condition that may affect your training? If so, you may want to consider a trainer that is extremely familiar with your condition or disease and can provide the support you need.
2. Choosing a trainer with an incompatible schedule.
Having a trainer who is flexible and can meet at a time that works best for you is key. If you have to force a training session in your schedule where it doesn’t fit, no matter how fantastic the trainer may be, it probably won’t be a sustainable trainer/client relationship.
3. Not openly discussing your goals and reason behind your goals.
This is the most important part of the trainer/client relationship. In the very beginning, you should communicate openly about what you hope to achieve and the reasons why you want to achieve these goals. For example, tell your trainer you want to lose 20 lbs because you want to have more energy. Why do you want more energy? You want to be able to keep up with your grandkids when they visit. Knowing both your goals and the reasoning allows the trainer to create an environment that will motivate you and push you closer to achieving your goals.
4. Choosing the personal trainer based on certifications.
While you should make sure your trainer is certified, the letters behind his or her name should not be the deciding factor. The more important part is the personality and motivational factor. A successful trainer/client combo should have a great personality chemistry and the trainer really knows how to motivate the client to succeed. Do you get along well with each other and does he/she motivate and encourage you throughout your fitness journey? If you answer no to either of these, it may be time to get another trainer.
5. Searching for the best bargain.
I’m ALL about the hunt for a killer bargain- I go to thrift shops for clothes, Goodwill for wine glasses, and grocery shop with coupons in hand. However, health and fitness is not an area where the lowest price equals the best price. At first glance it may seem appealing, but you often get what you pay for. If you want quality training services, you need to consider it as a long term investment for yourself. If the engine in our car went out, we would likely drop $2,000+ to get our car running smoothly again. So why wouldn’t you make a small investment in your body to make sure you keep running smoothly too? I promise, with a skilled trainer, it is worth every dollar you spend with a high ROI of increased energy, higher metabolism, lower blood pressure, weight loss, etc.
Now that I have let you in on the most fatal mistakes clients make, I urge you to do the research thoroughly. Once you find the right trainer for you, it’s time to take the plunge and make the commitment. Now the real fun begins- It’s time to work on achieving your 2017 goals!