Starting an exercise routine when you’ve never done anything organized like that before can be quite daunting. It takes a lot more than just walking into the gym and picking a machine. You’ll need a routine that you can follow that targets each of the muscle groups while still maintaining your interest. After all, if it’s boring you’ll probably give up. The constant soreness you’ll experience at the beginning gives you all sorts of reasons to quit, and if you don’t know what you’re doing you can easily hurt yourself. That’s why exercise experts will always suggest you start out working with a personal trainer. Even if you’ve never worked out for a day in your life, the trainer will be able to craft a routine that perfectly fits your needs. The trainer will help motivate you during the workout, and keep you coming back for more. After all, once you’ve paid for a personal training package you’re far less likely to skip out on a gym appointment. But it will all fall flat if you don’t find the right trainer. Their personality and specializations must match with your goals, and every trainer is different. Here are five tips for finding a reputable personal trainer.
Start off by asking your friends and associates for recommendations. The best personal trainers always get a huge chunk of their business through word of mouth. After all, once they’ve proven themselves, friends want to share the knowledge with others. And when people comment on their changing physique, everyone always wants to know what made the difference. Perhaps you’ve seen a friend go through one of these transformations, or you know a dedicated exerciser who has been working with the same trainer for years. Exhaust your entire circle before you look anywhere else.
Next, explore the options at all of the local gyms. If you already belong to a gym, ask them for recommendations. Many personal trainers work out of a single gym, and the larger facilities keep trainers on the payroll. You should be able to find some possibilities this way, but if your gym doesn’t have any trainers look around in the neighborhood. You’re sure to find people who work close by, which will help you stick with you training regimen by removing the excuse of a long drive.
If you’re still looking for options, hop online and do a quick search. Some of the more established personal trainers maintain websites where they share tips and secrets and book appointments. You could also hop on Yelp, and search within your area. The nice part about this option is that you’ll be able to check out reviews posted by people just like you. If you notice the same trainers are praised by name over and over again, it’s likely that person is worth talking to.
Once you have a nice list of options, it’s time to try them out. Pick you favorite couple of trainers and purchase an introductory session. There’s no better way to suss out a trainer than to actually work with him through an exercise routine. You’ll be able to see if their personality is a match, if they fill you with confidence and if you enjoy the routine they put together. Ask each of these trainers before you get started about their approach, their overall exercise philosophy and of course about their pricing plans. It’s all for nothing if you can’t afford the sessions.
Finally, narrow your options down to two trainers and try both of them out for a month. You can work with them one at a time, or alternate weeks. This way you can see how the relationship develops, and how you feel after several weeks of working with them. It’s easy enough for a trainer to learn about online reputation management and make sure they don’t have negative reviews online. But they won’t be able to hide their strengths and weaknesses from you when you’re in the gym together. Four sessions should be enough to decide if that trainer is right for you.