Let me introduce myself, my name is Eduardo Johansonn, and I have been a personal fitnes trainer for more than 10 years.
Modern people need additional physical activity, because the lifestyle of the average inhabitant of the planet today is sedentary. Therefore, many people decide to enlist the help of professionals and go to the gym. At the first stage, when the training program has not yet been developed, you need someone who will guide the novice athlete. Therefore, the main question arises: how to choose a personal trainer in the gym.
Why do I need a coach? can I do it on my own?
As practice shows, independent training without consulting an instructor is ineffective. There are several reasons:
Non-compliance with the set goals. If you just want to keep fit, you don't need fat-burning workouts. When you need to train endurance, focus on cardio, not strength, etc.
Wrong technique. It is dangerous not only with a low coefficient of efficiency, but also with injuries. Especially when working with loads: the wrong grip or extra load on the back — injury, sprain, health consequences. Also, the trainer insures, suggests how to modify the exercise to suit your needs.
Lack of motivation. Contrary to popular belief, a coach is not just a physical teacher. First of all, this is a person who is interested in helping you as an athlete, friend and motivator. The right words of support stimulate an additional approach, give faith in yourself and the desire to engage.
If you already have a prepared training program and know how to do exercises, you can do without a mentor. For those who came to the gym for the first time with a specific purpose and have never been involved in sports, we recommend that you enlist the support of a trainer to perform the program to the maximum.
How to choose a personal trainer
How to choose a personal fitness trainer
Let's say at once: there is no unambiguous and exhaustive list. Everyone who comes to study is guided by their own preferences: from gender to sports achievements, appearance, and General interests. But there are several points that are still worth paying attention to, so as not to be disappointed.
Professional skills of a trainer
You can become a coach in several ways: get a specialized education or complete courses. Often, instructors are people who themselves have achieved success in losing weight or those who have fitness or exercise equipment as a hobby.
The trainer must have an understanding of the anatomy, know how the muscles work, understand the processes of metabolism, and be able to calculate loads for certain requests.
It is also important to have a theory about proper nutrition. Without it, even intensive training can not give results. Ask the instructor for a diploma or certificate to make sure you are qualified. A good gym or fitness center will never hire a bad specialist.
Personal queries — why you came to the gym
It is clear that every coach specializes in something. Instructors are professional weightlifters, fitness athletes, gymnasts, bodybuilders, track and field athletes, etc. They have their own methods and knowledge in a specific area. Therefore:
if you are interested in developing strength, muscle building-choose a weightlifter or bodybuilder;
if you want to lose weight — you need a nutritionist who has similar experience;
if you want to run a marathon in the spring, choose a track and field athlete;
you need a stable feasible load in an entertainment format-stretching with a gymnast or fitness instructor.
In large centers, before choosing a fitness instructor, they usually offer several areas of work. The same fitness happens in the form of aerobics, yoga, Zumba. Therefore, it is important to choose not only a specialist, but also a suitable sport.
You don't have to do one thing all the time, but you will need a leading trainer. It is with him that you will plan your training schedule. For example, you are a woman who wants to tighten her figure and develop strength. Choose a gym class with a weightlifter or an intensive fitness class.
One day you work out with weights, with simulators, and the next — the instructor will advise you to stretch, yoga or Zumba. This will maintain the proper level of load, while diversifying the program and not overwork the body.
One of the components of success is established contact. The trainer is responsible for your health, quality of training, becomes a friend and motivator. Some instructors may have an assertive work style or strictness. Others work gently, through persuasion, praise. Therefore, when choosing a mentor, consider the nature of the mentor.
In his profession, appearance is equivalent to advertising. Even a smart and knowledgeable specialist loses credibility if he gets overweight or goes in an untidy form.
If there is no contact, you do not feel sympathy and trust, then training is unlikely to be effective. This is especially important for losing weight: they just need a person who can ignite their ideas and send them in the right direction in time.
The cost of the services of a personal trainer
Not the last factor that affects the choice. An instructor with a high qualification, special education, sports regalia and extensive experience takes much more than an Amateur or beginner per hour. You pay for:
invaluable experience and individual approach;
a developed training program tailored to your anatomy and your needs;
safety during operation.
Often these coaches have a limited number of places: they work less, but with high quality. Be wary if the instructor takes cheap: either they will not give you enough time, or they do not value their knowledge and time. Usually in the halls work on a mixed system. There is a duty coach who works on certain days and (or) comes, who only visits his wards.
An alternative option is to work in a group, although not all instructors work in this way. For example, you can go to a workout with a friend or girlfriend. It is still possible to keep track of two people in the hall.
How to choose a personal trainer
Each coach should have a certain "portfolio", only instead of photos or pictures there are reviews and results of his wards. Find out in advance what account the coach has in the gym or center. Real reviews on forums and websites will help.
Many specialists create selling pages in social networks. There you can track how and with whom they work, find out the price list, see photo and video reports, ask questions, and much more. But you still need to double-check on third-party resources: negative comments can be deleted.
When to leave the coach
Even when you have already chosen your mentor and come to the first lesson, do not lose your vigilance. If this is the first meeting, it should take place in the format of a conversation, where the instructor:
ask about your health, what diseases you have;
specifies whether there were injuries, whether there is a tendency to them.
listen to why you came to study, what goals you want to achieve in the near future and in the future;
offers to make a training schedule.
The first and second questions must be voiced. You need honest and truthful information from your side, if necessary — backed up by a certificate. Do not hide injuries and bad habits from the coach, so you put your health and reputation at risk. At the first session in the gym, he can offer a warm-up and light load to see the reaction of the body, determine the level of training.
How to choose a fitness trainer
Also, the reason to change the mentor can be: constant cancellation and postponement of classes, the absence of a coach at the workplace, changes to the program without warning, indifference to the process, unwillingness to insure you or answer questions.
During the exercises, the trainer must make sure that you do everything correctly: from the number of times in the approach to the grip. Especially if the person is in the hall or working with inventory for the first time.
Definitely do not go to an instructor who is poorly spoken of. Working with a non-professional, you can get injured or just throw money away. A good fitness coach keeps in touch with the client, never cancels classes without good reasons and motivates them to achieve their goals.