personal trainer

If you’ve been thinking of joining a gym and starting a workout routine to add more muscle tone and definition to your body while helping to melt off the excess body fat stores that you’re dealing with, you might also be considering choosing a personal trainer to work with.

Using a personal trainer, at least initially to get you going on the right foot is important because not only will they serve to motivate you along, but they will also ensure that you’re using the right form at all times.

When first starting this will be vital to success, so if you find a good trainer to work with, you’ll really benefit from it.

Let’s have a look at a few of the top tips to keep in mind about choosing a personal trainer.

Decide Between Male Or Female

The very first decision to make is whether you want to work with a male or female trainer. Most women prefer to work with another female, however, some women prefer to work with men.

While both genders can make for equally good trainers, it’s important that you work with someone who you mesh with.  If you are more motivated by a male compared to a female, or vice versa, then that’s the route you should choose.

Inquire About Their Background

Second, also make sure that you ask about the trainer’s background to see who they’ve worked with in the past.  If you’re looking to reclaim your body after childbirth for instance, then you’ll want to work with a trainer who has experience in post-pregnancy fitness.

Likewise, if you’re 50 years old and are looking to just get started with fitness for the first time, looking for a trainer who’s dealt with women in their 50’s would be beneficial.

By making sure they’ve helped others who have similar goals that you have realize success, you will increase the chances that you too see the results you’re after.

Check Their Education

Third, make sure to look at their education as well.  There’s a high amount of variability in terms of what it takes to become a certified personal trainer and all some trainers have is a weekend course.  Ideally you should try and find someone who does have a post-secondary level of education in the field as this will increase the knowledge depth and should mean you get better results.

Note though that sometimes experience does count more than education, so it’s important to think about both factors combined.

Learn Their Training Style

Finally, the last thing that you’ll want to do is learn what style of training the trainer uses.  Are they very into heavy weight lifting workouts? Or do they prefer a circuit-style, boot camp type of training?  And, when they try and motivate you, do they do so in a direct and forceful manner, or are they more encouraging and try to offer support to get you to continue?

Making sure that their training style is well suited to your preferences will be important as this will be the key factor that ensures that you enjoy your time working out with them.

So there you have the main points to remember as you look for a personal trainer to help you reach your goals.  When you do find the right person, it will definitely make a remarkable impact on the progress you see.