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How to Choose a Personal Trainer

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Personal Training Manchester

Hi All,

How do you go about getting the right Personal Trainer for you here in the UK?  It can be a very daunting task, with many companies and individuals operating across the UK, when you type in Google Personal Trainer and your area literally hundereds of results may be returned.  So how do you decide what to look for in a training company/trainer?  Who is going to be the right person for you?

Well here is my quick guide to the key things to look for in your future personal trainer!

What to look for in your future Personal Trainer (in no particular order):-

1) Register of Exercise Professionals’s registered – A personal trainer should be registered on REP’s at level 3, this is basically a register run by a Skills Active (the fitness industries skills council) that makes sure that all those on the register have adequate qualifications and also are insured.  You can check the status of your future personal trainer by filling in any potential trainers details on the Member Search section of the website.  This is an awesome scheme and personally I would not consider using an instructor who was not REPs registered at Level 3.

2) Insurance – A personal trainer should have insurance cover at a minimum of £2,000,000 liability.  It is worth checking that all services you are using are covered by the policy, as some policies are very specific about what they do and do not cover. For example a different type of insurance is needed for Sports Massage Therapy, or rehabilitation work.

3) Qualifications – As mentioned above by being registered at level 3 on REP’s you can be pretty sure that the instructors training is to a high standard, some trainers are now at Level4.  This is not a necessity unless the trainer is working with special populations.. To check out individual qualifications and what specific knowledge they cover you can look at the training providers/awarding bodies web site for more details. You should also look for a trainer who is continually updating their skills, this is done by Continuing Professional Development (a requirement of REP’s). You should look at the personal trainers profile and look for them continually adding to their qualification list, and knowledge base.

4) Experience Level – Most personal trainers will have at least three to five years experience in the industry, if they are newer they may still be good but be aware that the first 2 – 3 years of a personal trainers career is a steep learning curve.  Generally most Personal Trainers who are newer to the industry charge less.

5) Communication Skills – This is a very important factor in my opinion, you need  a personal trainer who you can communicate with effectively, you need to get along. This will ensure that you get the very most out of your training sessions and the trainer themselves, also you want the sessions to be fun and enjoyable!  I think many people underestimate how important it is that you can develop a strong relationship with your trainer.

6) Motivation Skills – Your trainer needs to be able to effectively motivate you, this is one of the skills that will come out of good communication and experience.  This is in most cases what people are paying for, if you do not enjoy exercise on the whole and find it difficult to get yourself going you need a trainer that can do that for you.  But will not annoy you, patronise, or pressurize you in the process of doing this.

7) Equipment – The trainer needs to have a good range of equipment that will allow you to have a challenging workout, and will keep you guessing about what is coming next.  The amount of equipment is not the be all and end all, a body weight session can be a killer if done right!  It is most important that your personal trainer is competent and has a bit of imagination.

8) Cost – You need to look for a personal trainer that is within your price range, remember that the most expensive is not always the best. Have a look at a few trainers to gage what the average session price is in your area.  Then look at what is within your budget.

Before signing up to any number of sessions with a personal trainer I always recommend that you to do a taster/one off session, this will allow you to see if the trainer is someone you feel can help you work towards to your goals, inspire, and communicate effectively with you.  But most of all you want someone who will get you RESULTS!

If you are looking for a high quality Personal Trainer in Manchester, try Foresight Personal Training.