Having a hard time sticking to your health plan? You may enjoy today’s post then by guest blogger, Elliot Delaney, a self-help advisor and life coach!
If you want to lose weight and improve your fitness at the same time, then personal training could provide a realistic and attainable solution.
A good personal trainer will be able to teach you how best to exercise for fat loss and can even provide a written program to help you achieve your goals when you train on your own. Many trainers can also advise on diet and healthy eating.
Research suggests that lifestyle change and behaviour modification is key to long-term successful weight management – and that’s where a trainer comes in.
A good trainer will help you to exercise consistently by keeping you motivated and accountable, and they will also ensure that you are working at the correct intensity to see results. They may also ask you to keep a food diary to ensure you’re eating sensibly. With this level of support and knowledge it’s little wonder that so many celebrities keep in such great shape with a personal trainer.
But what’s really involved and how do you go about finding a suitable personal trainer that will get you the body you want?
How To Get Started
Most health clubs have their own personal trainers and this can be an option if you already have a gym membership. But many personal trainers also provide freelance work and will visit customers at home. This can be a great option if you don’t want to train in a gym.
But how do you go about getting started? A good personal trainer should always begin with an initial meeting where they will discuss your goals and find out exactly what you require. This is generally free of charge but be sure to ask before booking. The trainer may also want to weigh and measure you so be prepared to face the reality of where you are starting from.
Above all, don’t feel embarrassed about how unfit you are or indeed how much weight you wish to lose. Be honest and straight talking with your trainer, as an honest relationship will be the cornerstone of your success. If you intend to lie to your trainer then you are probably setting yourself up for certain failure before you’ve even begun.
Finding An Appropriate Personal Trainer
Be sure to do your homework before hiring a trainer. Plucking a trainer out of the Yellow Pages can be a hit-or-miss affair. The Industry remains largely unregulated and whilst there are some truly amazing trainers out there that can help you reach your goals, equally there are those that are poorly qualified and could potentially hurt or injure you.
There are various organisations that have vetted trainers on their books, and can put you in touch with a recommended professional such as MotivatePT. By interviewing trainers and checking their qualifications and insurance they do most of the ground work for. If you want a bit more control you can try searching profiles through organizations such as IDEA – but you’ll need to assess the trainer yourself to ensure they’re suitable for you.
What To Look For in a Fitness Trainer
No one wants to waste money on a trainer that won’t provide results. So make sure that your trainer ticks the following boxes.
Qualifications It goes without saying that your trainer should be qualified and well qualified at that. There are many personal training qualifications available but choose a trainer that has one of these more accepted and recognized qualifications.
Testimonials Satisfied clients speak volumes. Ask your trainer if you can speak to any of their clients and find out how satisfied these clients are with their results.
First Aid Qualified Your trainer should be medically trained in first aid and should also have insurance in case of accident and injury. If they don’t have this, don’t use them.
Experience They say that experience matters. When it comes to getting results, it really does. So ensure that your trainer has the required experience especially in the area that you’re looking for. Most personal trainers will be happy to offer just a few initial sessions so you can give it a try to see if you enjoy it.
For many people it’s about finding a trainer that has the right personality, one that you will get along with. Try a few trainers and if they’re not the one for you then try another, until you find what you’re looking for. Take your time to research the options. By finding the right trainer who you enjoy working with, you can expect to make significant strides and develop healthy new lifestyle habits that you can maintain over the long term.
About the Author
Elliot Delaney is a self-help advisor and life coach with an avid interest in health and fitness. He has written for a number of magazines on the subject of life coaching and believes that we all have the power to find true well-being and happiness.
Have you ever tried a personal trainer before? Did it help you to achieve your goals? I’d love for you to share your opinions and experiences on the subject.