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How to choose a Personal Trainer

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So you’ve decided you want to get fit, you know you need a Personal Trainer, but where do you start?

Here is my quick guide to the main things to look for in your future trainer, in no particular order.

Register of Exercise Professional’s (REP’s) registered – REP’s is a government backed organisation that works with Skills Active to set qualification levels for fitness professionals. A personal trainer should be registered on REP’s at level three. You can check any potential trainers on the Member Search section of the website.

Insurance
Any trainer should have a minimum of £2,000,000 liability insurance. You should always check the policy to see it is in date and covers everything you would be doing with your trainer (e.g. some policies exclude sports massage).

Qualifications
If your trainer is registered at level three on REP’s you can be pretty sure that their training is up to scratch. To check out individual qualifications and what they cover, you can look at the training providers website for more details. You should also look for a trainer who is continually updating their skills, or Continuing Professional Development (a requirement of REP’s). You should check out the trainer’s profile and see what and when is being added to their qualification list.

Experience Level
For a trainer to give you best results they should have at least three years experience in the industry. This level of experience means that they will have honed their skills, allowing you to get the best possible training.

Equipment
The trainer needs to have a good range of equipment, however this is not always the be all and end all, body weight sessions can be killers if done right.

Cost
You need to look for a trainer who is within your price range, remember that the most expensive is not always the best. Have a look at a few trainers to gauge what the average session price is in your area.

One of the most important things is that you get on with the trainer. So arranging a meeting or having a chat on the phone (before you start paying) should give you a good indication as to whether you click. Don’t be afraid to try a few trainers, many training companies will offer initial sessions or consultations for free. This will allow you to meet the trainer you will be working with.

All in all, the most important factor is that your sessions are fun, as this will make it much easier to motivate yourself and most importantly keep the training going.

For more information:
Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s) – www.exerciseregister.org
National Register of Personal Trainers (NRPT) – www.nrpt.co.uk

Tom Godwin is the Managing Director of Foresight Fitness Services and has been working within the well-being industry for 10 years.

Tom would love to hear you comments or your questions: info@foresight-fitness.co.uk or have a look at his blog at personaltraineruk.blogspot.com