If you have a fitness goal, and most of us do, then you have probably thought about working with a trainer. Let’s face it, we all could use a little push and some fresh ideas not to mention being accountable. There are some days where you just don’t feel like working out and having someone to get you through can be just the thing you need. So that is where working with a personal trainer can come in handy. So how do you find the right trainer for what YOU want? Finding a trainer that specializes in your needs and can guide you to your goals is not as hard as you might think. If you are looking for a step by step method to finding the right trainer for you and your goals, then keep reading. First, assess your goals. Know what you want before you start looking. Your first step would be to list your main fitness goal. For most its either to lose some weight, tone up, gain muscle or get better at a sport. After you list your main goal start to list a number of other things you want to achieve. This is useful to tell a personal trainer because they can cater your workouts to not only take you to your main goal but also work on those secondary ones too. Second, you want to start shopping for a trainer. You have a number of options. If you are a member of a gym (24 Hour, Bally’s) already, you can inquire about personal training there. The drawback with working out in a large gym, especially with a personal trainer is that its often crowded and can really limit your workouts.
You can also look for an independent personal trainer online. You can use any search engine such as Google to find a trainer close to you. Search terms such as “Long Beach Personal Trainer” or “personal training in Orange County” using your location will give you a big list of trainers to begin screening. A lot of personal trainers these days are doing most of their advertising on the internet so you should be able to see the majority of the good trainers out there. Searching the internet is also a great option because you can usually get a better deal as many personal trainers are independent and set their own prices.
An added benefit is that you get a lot more attention than you may get in a larger corporate gym setting. Independent personal trainers work in smaller gyms with less members and more freedom that will directly benefit your workout by giving you more time with your trainer, less interruptions and better workouts. You may find that a group setting is more your style. Many personal trainers offer small group training where you can work out with a friend. Bringing a friend can help you stay motivated and accountable to your goals and working out. Long Beach has many outdoor classes and “bootcamps” as well in case you would like to train in park settings or on the beach. Again, you can search for these online or call your local Parks and Recreation to check the schedule of a class in the park. Once you have decided what type of training you would like to try, its time to start interviewing personal trainers. Be sure to read over each personal trainer’s website so you know what they specialize in, what services they offer and what their RATES are. Its important to know what they charge beforehand so you don’t get surprised later, avoid the “high pressure sales,” and don’t feel put on the spot. Set a few appointments with different trainers and write down some questions that you want to ask that is pertinent to YOUR fitness goals.
Be sure each trainer has the following: At least a Nationally Recognized Fitness Certification (NASM, NSCA, ACE, etc) and/or a degree in an exercise science field or kinesiology. This is to ensure that trainer is qualified to safely teach you and guide you. They also need to have current CPR/AED training. Finally they need to have Insurance! This is for your safety and protection. If you interview a personal trainer that does not have these qualifications and says its “not necessary”…walk away! Now you’ve come to discussing session rates. Hopefully you know what each trainer charges before you show up to interview. Ask if there are “special rates” or package deals which can help you get a price break if you buy more sessions. Be sure to make sure you are clear on that trainer’s rates, specials and packages.
The golden rule in all fitness is simply listen to your body. Don’t take the advice of any trainer over what your body tells you. If it hurts, STOP! Fitness can and should be fun and enjoyable and produce results, a trainer should only make it more so.
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