How to Find the Best Personal TrainerPosted: September 16, 2015 in Getting Active by Craig Primack MD FACP
Your medical weight loss doctor can guide you through a lot of the ups and downs of a weight loss program. As you focus on losing weight in Scottsdale, meeting regularly with your weight loss doctor can mean regular weigh ins for accountability, ongoing dietary and nutritional guidance, and medical support in any other way that is necessary for you to lose weight.
While your weight loss doctor will be a huge asset as you work towards reaching your goal, they won’t be at the gym with you. Simply getting up and moderately walking around your neighborhood for 30 minutes a few times a week isn’t going to get you in the shape you are looking for. If you want big results, you need to work hard. And learning how to work hard at the gym requires expertise. This is why personal trainers are so valuable. The right personal trainer can teach you how to work out to achieve the results you are looking for and will give you the accountability and motivation you need to make the biggest impact at the gym.
What makes a trainer great?
When thinking about hiring a personal trainer, there are a combination of factors that are worth considering. First, talk with your gym about any personal trainers that they have in house. Sometimes, gym memberships come with access to personal trainers that can help teach you how to work out by appointment. This is an affordable way to try out a personal trainer, and to determine what characteristics of a trainer you appreciate the most.
When you are considering hiring your own personal trainer, you should consider the following criteria:
- Training: Personal trainers need to know more than how to work out, they need to know how to teach. Make sure that your trainer is accredited by an organization that is recognized by the NCCA, or the national commission for certifying agencies.
- Communication: Talk with your trainer before your first workout and hear their ideas on what you should try. If you don’t like the sound of something, tell them upfront. An ideal trainer will take the time to explain their reasoning for certain workouts and will listen to your concerns.
- Fitness level: Even professional athletes use personal trainers, so before you commit to working with a particular trainer, make sure you discuss your current fitness level and ensure that the trainer understands what you are able to do, and what your fitness goals are.
If you are concerned about working with a personal trainer, ask around. Talk to your friends and coworkers about their workout experiences and see if you can find a trainer who comes highly recommended. Remember, you aren’t looking for someone who is going to make your workout unpleasant—you are looking for someone who will work with you and guide you towards reaching your ultimate fitness goals.