Finding a good trainer is not as easy as it sounds. I say this because although they are in abundance, they aren’t all quality. I recommend spending some time watching the trainers while they are working. Find a good treadmill during the evening rush and just spend some time checking them all out. Look out for the following:
- Are they in uniform or look professional?
- Are they on their phone at all (even once)?
- Are the clients doing more talking than lifting?
- Is the trainer correcting their form?
I am a people watcher by nature but especially at the gym. I started watching trainers to get ideas for my workouts. Then once I became a trainer, I started noticing all the little things that I would never do with my clients.
Some people may disagree, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with trying out trainers. In large gyms, there will most likely be a training manager. All you have to do is express to them that you would like to have a session with a couple of different trainers to see if the chemistry is there. In smaller gyms, where there is no manager, just tell the trainer that you’d like to schedule a session. If they start hounding you about packages and making it difficult to just pay for an individual session I would say that’s a red flag.
After you hire a trainer
When I was training, I looked at every client like a student I was teaching. I never wanted a lifelong client, I wanted to teach them, so eventually, they felt comfortable doing it on their own. This is why it is crucial to find someone who will teach you about exercise instead of talk at you.
Why a trainer
I know that not everyone can afford to hire a trainer. I get it 100%! Trainers can be expensive, and bills come first. There are ways to hire a trainer for less and get something out of it. I keep mentioning learning something from your trainer, well you should be able to meet once or twice a month and still get something out of it. Other options that will elicit similar results is boot camps and some group fitness classes. They need to be smaller and more intimate where the instructor has a chance to walk around and help everyone out.
Firing a trainer
Your relationship with your trainer is absolutely a real relationship. If at some point there is something that makes you not want to see your trainer, then don’t waste your time. You are a paying customer, and if it’s not a good fit, you won’t get what you are paying for. With that in mind, don’t be that person who fires your trainer for not getting you results when you know deep down you’ve been really good friends with Ben & Jerry the whole time.
When you make the decision to hire a trainer, take your time, make sure it is a good fit, and have fun!