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When you have a trainer you spend a lot of time with them, just how much time you spend with them, is really up to you.
I personally love morning training sessions and see my trainer TJ at 6 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Sometimes I think he’s plotting to kill me with his crazy training weightlifting/cardio combos, other times I think he just likes watching my face when he lies and says just two more burpees when I know we already got to 12. (He’s sneaky like that!) All said in jest – if you know me IRL, you have probably heard a TJ story or ten, because I really appreciate my trainer and all that we accomplish within these hour-long sessions. He’s like a big brother that you actually listen to, and sometimes he even yells out really cool things to embarrass you in the gym (This morning he yelled “NOW DON’T FART” when I was about to do leg lifts for my abs to try and embarrass me…I died laughing.) All kidding and joking aside, he’s really good at reading his clients (HE GOT TRAINER OF THE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER!!!!) – he is good at joking with some clients, being serious with others, and pushes some that need to be pushed in ways that they’ll feel comfortable. This is a key to being a good trainer in my opinion.
How to find your own awesome personal trainer like mine:
- If you don’t like being pushed, and the type of trainer you pick likes to lead your sessions with encouraging ‘yips and yells’ about fitness screaming “YOU WERE BORN FOR THIS” in your ear while you workout – you’re going to want to spend your session punching them with your mind, rather than focusing on the workout. This pretty much defeats the purpose. If that is your style and you love the idea of having your own personal drill sergeant, pushing you beyond your own minds limitations, then this type of trainer may be for you!
- There is no right and wrong type of personality when it comes to training – fit is what is the most important (not how fit they look, how they fit with you! ;)). When you’re looking for a job at a company the culture and how you fit in matters, and the same thing goes for training – pick a person (and place) that is best fit to your own personality and what you’re looking to get out of a personal trainer.
- Ultimately your goals and what you’re going to the trainer for are important. I spend a lot of time at the gym and training. That being said, you observe a lot of different trainer/trainee relationships. If you’re going to the gym to see a personal trainer for the mere fact that you can tell Suzy and Mimi
that you have a trainer, then your goals are going to be a bit different from someone who is looking to drop weight, improve their endurance or enter their first fitness competition.
- It is important in this case to know what your trainer has in terms of credentials or ‘claims to fame’. Have they trained both males and females? Have they helped people get to their goal weight? Have they won fitness competitions themselves? Do they know how to train people who want to do that? All very important questions to ask or look into when you’re trying to find the trainer who is right for you. A lot of people will claim that they can get you to your goals, but don’t necessarily have the street cred to back that up. (Note: This does not give you license to blame your trainer if you are not hitting your goals if you mash pizza into yo’ face after training. Diet is equally important.)
3. Price and Availability
- How much are you willing to invest in a personal trainer? Some of my friends think I’m crazy and spend a lot on training. I realize that I do. I also used to spend a lot of that money on pizza, so I think it’s a good reallocation of funds 😉 It’s okay to save your money and shop around for a trainer who fits into your budgetary life too. At the end of the day, you need to do what works best for your lifestyle.
Maybe it’s time for less pizza, or maybe it’s time to shop around until you find a super awesome trainer who is starting out and may have a Groupon deal. It’s really up to you.
- The time of day that you’d like to train is also important. Some trainers are flexible with training time. If your schedule isn’t always the same, you may want to find a trainer who can work with a more sporadic schedule. Some trainers are working with other clients who have more set schedules, and they may not be for you. Again, it’s really about finding someone who can work with you, and your schedule to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your training.
Overall, I’ve had a great experience with my trainer! I started off with one that didn’t really mesh with my personality, and what my goals were. These are some of the things that I thought about when trying to find more of what I was looking for. I hope that this helps you when choosing your personal trainer wisely 😉
Any great or not so great stories about personal training to share? Feel free to leave a comment below!
ps unsolicited plug – if anyone is looking for an awesome trainer, I happen to have one and know a few others as well 🙂 Let me know if you need any help sourcing!