Hiring a personal trainer can be an extremely exciting prospect. This is your chance to get in shape, and with a great teammate. However, it is important that your trainer is a great fit for you, if you really want to get fit (and not waste your time and money). If you find yourself wondering about your choice of personal trainer, then you should take a look at this list. You know you need a new personal trainer when:
You’re in better shape than your personal trainer is
While it is true that everyone is built differently and that your personal trainer does not have to have a perfect body to be able to help you reach your fitness goals, it is also true that an undisciplined personal trainer is going to have a very hard time keeping you motivated.
Barring understandable extenuating circumstances, your personal trainer should always be on time to an appointment. After all, you are the one paying the big bucks for a trainer’s services, and your time is just as precious as anyone’s. If timeliness is the exception and not the rule, get rid of that trainer ASAP.
Lack of credentials
It takes much more to be a personal trainer than just a passing interest in nutrition and a fit physique. There are actually some serious health risks associated with improper training techniques, so it is important that your personal trainer have an education in physical fitness, sports medicine, or a related discipline, as well as experience training others, and the certification to prove that education and experience.
Your training plan is not a good fit for you
Before you embark on any new training routine with a personal trainer, your trainer should take the time to learn about your medical history, your current level of physical fitness, and your personal goals in order to create a training plan that is completely customized to your individual circumstances. If the training plan that your personal trainer created for you seems more like a one-size-fits-all plan, and if it is either above/below your capabilities, then you may need a new trainer.
You feel neglected
Even if your personal trainer is fit, full of energy, and in possession of some impressive credentials, it does no good for you if you are just plain ignored during your training sessions. It may be that your trainer seems distracted or disinterested, or even that your trainer takes personal calls during sessions. Either way, if you don’t feel that your time is yours and only yours, then it’s time to find a new trainer.
Look at your personal trainer and ask yourself if any of these circumstances apply to you. If they do, you may need to move on.
About the Author
Genna Soenksen interviewed severalpersonal trainers in New York/a before she settled on one she really felt comfortable working with. She’s been working with her trainer for 6 months and they plan on having Genna ready for her first 5K this fall./p/p