Are you someone that cringes at the thought of joining in on a group fitness class? The thought of standing in the back corner trying to understand what the heck the instructor is saying, just for them to move on to the next exercise when you finally nailed it – yeah I can relate. Don’t get me wrong, group fitness classes can work really well for some people and for others it isn’t exactly their cup of tea. And for a lot of people the fear of wondering if anyone else will be in class is just terrifying. When really if you are literally the only one that shows up, you get all the attention.
Is that what keeps you away too because you don’t like attention? This isn’t really the same kind of attention, it is more like an expert focusing in on just you and doing what is right for you, not you plus 30 other people in class. And it most certainly isn’t the same kind of fear and attention you get from giving a speech in front of hundreds of people.
Finding what is right for you, is a key to anything successful. And if you have some extra money you can contribute to your fitness lifestyle, a personal trainer is quite possibly the solution. A personal trainer is literally that, someone that is personal to your needs and tastes, it is like the perfect group fitness class – minus the group. However, there are a lot of personal trainers that may not be what you are looking for. When looking into hiring a personal trainer, there are a few things to consider and ways to research your perfect match.
.your BFF has tickets to the gun show.
Have you been noticing lately that your favorite friend in all the land is starting to have the best-looking arms you ever did see? Those babies didn’t become loaded overnight. She has been working hard on getting definition and leanness and you should definitely ask what she has been doing to achieve her success. She tells you all her best secrets, so I am sure she will share this one with you too!
.figure out your workout personality.
Do you like being yelled at like you are about to walk into Barry’s Bootcamp? Do you love loud music and people around you that are experiencing the greatest high of their lives? Do you like someone that is more like a gentle lion leading the way? What is your style when it comes to how you like to workout? You can get all the results and encouragement in the world without someone screaming in your face, but if you do then do it! We all respond differently to different types of stimulation. Figure out which type of person you are and research a trainer that fits the bill.
.establish your goals.
Are you looking to run a marathon in the spring? Would you like a perkier more shapely bootie? Would you like more upper body strength? Are you looking to become more flexible? Does entering a weight lifting competition interest you? Being able to define your goals is important to be able to tell a personal trainer. If they don’t know what your goals are, then you both could be wasting a lot of time and you a lot of money. Plus, some personal trainers are really good at a certain style of training that may not be good for what you want to achieve.
Don’t just go to the person your best friend goes to because s/he loves them. You two are best friends and have a lot in common but you’re still two different people. Don’t just google, ‘cheap personal trainer’. Like most things in life, quality is not cheap and there are really good reasons for that. Finding a quality personal trainer is more important than if the guy standing next to them in the line up is $5 cheaper. Oh and please, please, please ALWAYS ask for credentials. This does not mean just testimonies, sure those are great but ‘What is their experience?’, ‘What are their certifications?’ and ‘Who are they certified by?’ are great questions to ask right away.