In today’s tech-savvy world, you don’t have to look far to find fitness gurus willing to “train” you through their YouTube® channel, Instagram® posts and DVDs. But, there’s something about having that coach by your side pushing you and ensuring that every rep is performed correctly, reducing the likelihood of injury and helping you achieve your fitness goals. Read on to learn more about what you should be looking for when hiring a personal trainer.
Make sure your trainer performs a wellness assessment before you engage in ANY fitness activity. At Lunge Fitness, we have established a three-part wellness assessment to help us to get to know our clients and to assist them in creating their own personalized wellness plan. Your trainer should be asking you about your goals, previous experience with exercise/personal training and past medical history. This allows the trainer to develop a plan that’s customized to your body.
He or she should evaluate your current lifestyle. Are you already an established exerciser in need of enhancing your health plan? Are you a novice at the entire idea of exercise, healthy eating, understanding the combination of body and mind in creating your wellness plan? Through questions and conversation, personal trainers learn about your current lifestyle and what changes you might want to make. Be ready to discuss your present eating habits and consider a meal plan that best fits your goals.
Ask about the trainer’s program design. After your assessment, the program design comes together. This program should be developed to fit your specific goals. Lunge Fitness programs are designed in phases, allowing your body to learn the progressions of muscle development and to ensure that you’re not jumping too far ahead, too fast. Phase one involves corrective exercise, phase two is preventive movements, phase three is body sculpting (builds muscle, supports the skeletal system) and phase four is cross-training. Make sure you are honest with yourself and your trainer to prevent any injury from occurring.
Look for someone who motivates you. Does the trainer push you enough and make you feel confident in your ability? Does he or she remind you of the goals you set out to achieve when things get tough? Trainers who can coach you through your challenges and plateaus will make you feel better about yourself and give you that extra boost when you need it most.
Safety should be a number one priority. Fitness education is just as vital as your commitment to your goal. Certain movements and weightlifting techniques require assistance when performing them for the first time and a good certified personal trainer will impart his or her knowledge and expertise on to you, reducing chances for injury and giving you the opportunity to excel.