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Finding a Personal Trainer That's Right For You

Posted by The Edge Fitness Clubs on June 2, 2022

The right trainer can accelerate your progress and get you results much more efficiently than doing it alone. They’ll help you create a plan to reach your goals, stay motivated, and stay accountable to see results. There are many reasons to have a personal trainer in your corner:

  • They can help prevent injury by showing you proper form

  • They can offer variety and creativity to your stagnant workouts

  • They can help you lose stubborn fat

  • They can show you effective techniques

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But there’s nothing worse than investing yourself in training only to find out that you and your trainer aren’t a good fit for each other. Taking the time to research beforehand can help you find a trainer who’s a good fit for your needs. Finding a trainer who understands what you want and whose personality meshes well with yours is key too. If you’re a female and prefer a female trainer, that’s okay too. Look for someone who you are comfortable with, feel motivated by, and have fun with.

Here are some tips to find the right trainer for you:

1. Figure out what you need from a trainer. What are your goals, and what kind of support do you want? For example, are you looking for an all-in-one trainer to help with nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle changes? Or just someone to help with your workouts & techniques? Do you want your trainer to have any specialities, such as prenatal and postpartum fitness, powerlifting, or marathon training?

2. Do your research. Click here to find a list of all our trainers at The Edge to see their qualifications, experience, and training philosophies.  Take note of any that catch your eye!

3. Schedule a fitness assessment with them. Once you have a list of potential trainers, schedule a free session to get to know them better and their training style. During your session take note of the trainer’s personality, their coaching philosophies, and experience. After, take some time to assess:
  • Do you feel they are listening to you and your needs?
  • Have they worked with people who have similar fitness goals as you?
  • Do you enjoy spending time with them? Do you like their personality?
  • Are they setting realistic expectations for you?

Make a selection, and remember to share feedback once you get started. Once you’ve found a trainer you like, start working out with them. If you don’t like a specific aspect of their service, provide feedback! Your trainer is there to support you, but they aren’t a mind reader. Be honest with how you’re feeling and ask for any changes if you need to.

Remember that a training relationship is a two-way street. While a trainer can help provide a plan, guidance, and accountability, it’s ultimately up to you to put in the work. So if you’re not seeing the results you want, before you switch trainers, ask yourself if you’ve been consistently putting in the effort on your end. If you have, and it’s genuinely not a good fit, you can always try a different trainer.

Making the decision to have a trainer is an important one, so make the most of your sessions with them.

  1. Make your sessions a priority—You owe it to your trainer, and to yourself, to show up on time and be ready to work. Bring your A-game to the session and you’ll both win!

  2. Warm-up ahead of time—Take five to ten minutes to warm up your body before your personal training session starts. This way, you can jump right into the workout and they can start to push your body into doing the tougher stuff.

  3. Clock in some sleep—Make sure you’re well-rested for your session. Your progress and recovery depend on good sleep. Get enough z’s before a training session and you’ll have more energy for your workouts and perform better.

  4. Be honest—Even telling your trainer a little white lie can be detrimental to your progress. Remember, you hired them to keep you accountable and to help you get results. If you aren’t telling them the whole truth about your diet or fitness plan, they can’t properly tailor your plan to meet your goals.

  5. Trust your trainer— A good trainer will keep motivating you when you want to quit but won’t let you give up on them, or, on yourself. It’s absolutely okay to ask them specific questions or give your own input to the workout.

Whether you decide to hire a personal trainer for the long-haul or want to take advantage of our free training session, find one that you like, who is going to push you and we guarantee you'll see results! Schedule a free fitness assessment with us today!