You have roughly three and a half months before swimsuit season. And if you’re the type of person that needs someone on your behind to get motivated to exercise, then a personal trainer is probably for you. But before you hand over your hard-earned money, you have to make sure your trainer is qualified and that the two of you will get along. No one wants to dread their trainer even more than they dread crunches. So find out what to ask after the jump.
- Are you a certified personal trainer? — The National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Council of Exercise, and similar organizations have rigorous tests that trainers must pass in order to become certified.
- Do you have references? — You can get an idea of their style and success rate by talking to other clients.
- Do you have liability insurance? — Not only is liability insurance a good way of determining your trainer’s professionalism, but it will make sure you’re covered in the unlikely case you get hurt.
- How do you motivate clients and what’s your training style? — A trainer’s philosophy is very important. Are they like a drill sergeant, who screams no pain, no gain? Or will they go at your pace, adapting the program to keep it interesting?
- What kind of clients have you had before? — If you just want to tone up, shed a couple of pounds, or lose a few inches, then a trainer who’s worked with athletes most of his/her career isn’t right for you.
- Do you give free consultations? — A consultation will be beneficial for you both. You will experience a sample workout and discuss your goals. And she/he will learn your needs and level of fitness.