Finding a good personal trainer can make the difference to achieving your health goals.
Exercise is an important component to weight loss and there are many different ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle. One way to exercise in a sustainable way is by having someone you can be accountable to. This should ideally be a personal trainer.
There are many personal trainers around, and it can be confusing to know who is right for you. To help you decide, I’ve put together this blog to help you make the right decision.
1. Is your Personal Trainer suitably qualified?
Like many things in life, you have the good, the bad and the downright ugly.
First of all, I would recommend that you make your choice based on the length of time the personal trainer you are working with has been around. When looking at qualifications, the reputation and experience of the training body really counts. I got my personal trainer diploma from YMCA. And I chose the YMCA for this very reason. YMCA have been training personal trainers the longest in the UK and they have an excellent reputation in the industry. This can’t be said about all bodies offering personal training qualifications.
2. Is your Personal Trainer committed to continuous personal development?
Having a healthy body is a journey and not a destination.
I would say a personal trainer is good if they are continually seeking to develop in a variety of ways, so if the personal trainer you are thinking of hiring is serious about their work, they will invest in themselves.
3. How will your Personal Trainer add variety to your training programme?
If a personal trainer gives you on the same workout routine week after week, you’re not getting value for money. Variety will maintain a good level of interest. You’re paying your personal trainer to add variety to your training programme, as well as to challenge your body to change.
Not only that but varied workouts should stimulate your nervous system to respond to the stimulus, and never fully adapt to the pressures you’re putting on it. Variety is the challenge that your body needs to keep adjusting and not get into a fully adapted position.
A repetitive programme can work short term, but the long-term effect is a plateau. This means little to no results.
4. How will your Personal Trainer measure your progress?
The famous business management consultant Peter Drucker said: “What gets measured, gets managed.”
Your trainer should have a process in place to keep a record of your progress – and they should be reviewing it with you on a regular basis.
What you should constantly ask yourself is, ‘how are my efforts lining up with my goals?
Your trainer should not be satisfied with you simply saying that your goal is to lose weight. They should be working with you and asking you how much weight you want to lose, what waist size you want to be and when you want to hit your ideal weight by.
If you decide to recruit the services of a trained professional, they will help you to evaluate your movements. Your personal trainer should decide whether or not you’re employing the correct techniques to prevent injury.
My final thoughts
Your personal trainer should talk of the benefits of warming up properly, to ensure the joints and body are ready for exercise.
Your trainer should also be including an appropriate cool down and core exercise.
There should also be a component of resistance exercise. This makes your bones denser, which helps to prevent you getting osteoporosis in later life.
Resistance exercise also increases muscle mass and this will help your body produce hormones that promote weight loss and will make you feel and look younger (which is always good).
Your muscles get weaker as you age, so resistance exercise will help you maintain or increase your muscle mass. This will increase your overall strength level and chances are when you’re 80, standing up won’t seem like a chore!