Sometimes in life you make a decision and later you find yourself questioning whether it was the right choice. Say for example you signed up at a gym and during your tour you met the personal training staff. Maybe you picked one or someone was assigned to you. After a few workouts and spending time with them you are wondering, “Is this the right personal trainer for me?”
It is a very good question. Back when you were in school there is no doubt that some teachers had a style that was more
appealing to you and made learning easy and in some cases fun. The same can be said for personal trainers. There is no “one-size fits all” mold that
trainers come out of. Even people that went through the exact same training course can have completely different styles of training based on their personalities and own life experiences which are all part of how people teach. Just to be clear – personal training, at least good personal training, is a lot like teaching. Besides instructing a person on proper form and exercise basics they should be teaching you about your body and how to become better in tune with it.
Some people are better at it than others. But even the best trainer in the world might not be right for you because of a personality clash. So how do you decide if the person is right for you?
Step 1 – Determine if you are happy or excited to go to the gym to train with them or meet them for an appointment. Many people who are unhappy with a trainer for one reason or another dread meeting with them. Perhaps the person is very loud and aggressive and that style doesn’t mesh with your personality. Maybe it is something else. But if you find that you don’t want to spend time with them then you probably need to find someone else. You can’t have an effective workout session if you don’t want to be there.
Step 2 – Review their qualifications. You might feel the person is not educated or experienced enough to provide you with what you need.
But ask or check first before you assume. Sometimes trainers don’t want to overwhelm someone with everything they know at once. They might have had you on a certain program for a reason and were holding back more advanced techniques until they felt you are ready. If, however you do not feel they are qualified then it might be time to move on.
Step 3 – Review your goals and how well your trainer has helped you get there. This is what it is all about after all; results. If you enjoy working with the person and feel that they are qualified then the last line is all about results. If you aren’t where you want to be then it is time for a frank conversation as to why. There should be a clear explanation about
what you can do and you have to feel comfortable that they are giving you the tools and motivation you need to be successful. After all, that is what you are paying them for.
After going through all these steps if you are happy with everything then it looks like you are teamed up with a good trainer. Now it is just a matter of putting the time and work in! But, if you feel that your trainer doesn’t pass any of these steps then you should look for
someone else. People are who they are and if a particular person doesn’t match your needs you shouldn’t feel bad finding someone else who does.