Its called Personal Training.
It is called personal training for exactly that reason. A good PT will not only develop and build a specific and personal program designed for your requirements and particular goals but also encourage and evolve a unique professional relationship.
The bondship between a trainer and client will start with a connection, this might be the style of training or particular way they motivate but more often than not its down to personality. Far too often I see PT's sat behind a reception desk, heads down looking at some form of screen. Then they question why they have few clients and struggle to develop business. The only USP they have is THEM . So why these guys and girls don't get out there and talk to people I will never understand ? PT's need to get on the gym floor, showing potential clients what they are about, offer some free advice or maybe demonstrate something different.
These days anyone can download a youtube video or fitness app but how impersonal is that ? Most people know how to exercise or as I have said, they can easily get some internet assistance but a qualified trainer is far better equipped to find the means and motivation to make sure you get results.
So how do you go about looking for a Personal Trainer?
Obviously the first place to start looking is on your own gym floor, watch how the trainers are working. Specifically look at the variation of exercise, how he or she demonstrates and motivates. Once you have a particular trainer in mind check out their credentials!! Now guys I'm not talking biceps here and girls certainly not butts.
By credentials I am talking qualifications, experience, insurance and particularly REP registration. Most reputable fitness establishments insist on membership of REPs. The Register or Exercise Professionals. Reps will have details of each individuals qualification. They will also insist on proof of suitable insurance. In my opinion any reputable Personal Trainer will be a member of their professional body, REPS , If they are not then I would question why. It isn't expensive so my first question to an unregistered PT would be how do you prove your insured and qualified?
Value for money
When you have a trainer in mind but certainly before you commit to any form of program, I suggest you request an email or similar with rates for sessions and what is included. Prices can vary from area to area and trainer to trainer. Also look at the options of training with a friend. Not all trainers do so but I am always keen to offer value by having 1 on 2 or 1 on 3 sessions . I fact I charge the same rate for 1/2/3 clients in a session. Main reason being rest between sets is key when resistance training and most exercise is performed better with a bit of competition and training with a friend or partner can encourage this. Obviously then a £28 session becomes £14 each for 2.
Always consider though, that the cheapest trainer may not offer the best value for money. Check out reviews, ask previous clients or anyone you know they are working with.
Finally before you commit, ask for a consultation, a good pt will usually ask you to complete a questionnaire and par-q . This will be to assess your current fitness levels, your goals and requirements as well any medical issues or considerations. The initial consultation can also sometimes include some testing and maybe weighing and measuring.
Look for a deal, its beneficial to your trainer to fill his diary so you can often get a deal by prepaying for blocks of 10 or so.