How To Choose a Good Personal Trainer – Personal Training Brighton and Hove


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personal trainers brighton hove personal training 1 How To Choose a Good Personal Trainer Personal Training Brighton and Hove

Choose a Good Personal Trainer for Your Training in Brighton and Hove

As a Personal Trainer offering Personal Training in Brighton and Hove, I quickly realised that there was a need to educate the public on how to Choose a Good Personal Trainer.

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How to Choose a Good Personal Trainer:

FIRST IMPRESSIONS?

I love this very good saying “people do what the do, not what they say” and “the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour” What are you first impressions? Is this a person whom has taken the time to treat their Personal Training as a career or a hobby.
Check:

  • How were you greeted?
  • Was the Personal Trainer prompt?
  • Was the Personal Trainer well dressed?
  • Was the Personal Trainer organised?

If the start of your relationship was unprofessinal, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will continue that way.
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CAN I HAVE REFERENCES/TESTIMONIALS?

Ask the trainer for references and or testimonials. An organised trainer would be a person at the forefront of their field, if they don’t even have references or testimonials, they are either very un-organised or inexperienced. There are a lot of young Personal Trainers about, with very limited experience.
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DOES A GOOD PERSONAL TRAINER NEED To BE QUALIFIIED?

Believe it or not, there are people personal training that are not qualified. I have personally come across fitness instructors, ex-boxers, runners and many other sports people personal training and it is easy to see as they will invariably give their clients dangerous exercises and fail to get results. They are also unable to obtain Liability Insurance this is not good considering the potential for injury, ultimately a dangerous choice which will be a waste of your time, money and may even lead to injury.

Bear in mind that your trainer should also be First Aid qualified. Ask to see certificates to prove qualifications.
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IS THE TRAINER INSURED?

All trainers should have liability insurance, which covers you & the trainers if you are unfortunate enough to suffer a serious injury.
Ask for an insurance certificate, through what organisation are they insured?
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EXPERIENCE?

How much experience has the trainer got? Experience comes in many forms, experience as a Personal Training, Gym Instructor, Sports Person or Years Spent Training.
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DOES A GOOD PERSONAL TRAINER NEED TO BE IN SHAPE?

Avoid using the services of someone, who you can clearly see does not do some form of training or sport. This person obviously has no passion for their chosen career and could not teach you safe exercise prescription if they have not done the exercises themselves. Trainers with beautiful bodies may not be the correct choice either, they may have achieved their flawless bodies through drugs, eating disorders or exercise obsession & may not know the first thing about safe exercise or how to help you achieve your goals. Body builders often have as much of a dysfunctional relationship with the idea of Body building as anorexics do with being thin.
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WHAT IS THE PROCESS? (From the first meeting to your first session)

Ask the personal trainer for a step by step breakdown of what the process will be.

  • What will happen on the first day?
  • Is there a Health Questionnaire?
  • How comprehensive is the health questionnaire?
    (goals, motivation, previous exercise habits, eating habits, injuries, general health, and family history)
  • Will there be an assessment on the first day?
  • Will there be any health checks?
  • How will your workout be organised?

With more than a dozen clients, no trainer can remember each client’s exact programme. The trainer should have a programme card, which is used to accurately monitor and progress the client. If the trainer does not make notes while you are training, this means that you will often be using the incorrect intensity or weights when exercising, which could result in injury or lack of progress.

  • How will your progress be monitored?

In order to monitor your progress effectively, the trainer will need to have access to a proper body Fat Analyser. Some trainers use fat callipers, a bit intrusive, but effective I would say. The trainer will need to record your results on a progress card, so that you can assess how you are progressing towards your goals.
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A GOOD PERSONAL TRAINER COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONAL?

Each health professional has a limited knowledge, specific to their chosen field. The more health professionals work together, the more the client will benefit. A trainer should understand their limitations & be open to working with other health professionals. There is no place for a BIG EGO when another person’s wellbeing is at stake.
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ACCOUNTABILITY

If you pay in advance, how will you know how many sessions you have done? It is good practice for your trainer to keep an accurate record of your sessions and date them as you take them. Otherwise you may lose track of how many sessions you have done and you may be over- charged?
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HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY A GOOD PERSONAL TRAINER & HOW CAN I PAY?

Rates vary substantially depending on education, experience, professionalism, what market the trainer is servicing & where you will be trained. It goes without saying, if you pay peanuts, you will get monkeys.
Reasonable rates range from £30 to £40 an hour. Your trainer should accept all forms of payment including credit cards. Avoid trainers who ask how much you can afford or how much you are looking to spend, they are ONLY interested in your money, not your well-being. Just because you pay more doesn’t mean you will receive more or better!
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DOES THE TRAINER GIVE DIETARY ADVICE?

Your trainer should be able to advise you on what to eat. Depending on your goals, the trainer should ask you to complete a 2-week Nutritional-Diary, to get a snap shot of your food & liquid intake. The trainer should analyse the Nurti-Diary and provide advise on positive changes to be made.
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WHERE WILL I BE TRAINED?

It is important that you are comfortable in the environment in which you are to be trained. Not all trainers do home visits, some trainers may train you in a park in winter. The best environment is dependent on what type of training you are looking for.
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SET UP AN ITERVINEW

This is the perfect opportunity for the trainer to come into your environment, so you can get a gut feeling of whether you are comfortable with this person. This is especially important if you feel a bit self-conscious.
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WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET INJURED?

All trainers should have a First Aid Pack and Ice Pack handy. Although seldom, the most common injuries are muscle tears. Treating a tear with an ice pack substantially reduces the recovery time. More serious injuries are very rare. The trainer should be able to adjust your programme to continue your training, even if you are injured, however if not, take some recovery time and the trainer should honour any outstanding sessions.
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WHAT IF I DO NOT REACH MY GOALS?

It’s as simple as this….
If you train to the best of your abilities with a quality personal trainer and follow their guidance and their nutritional advice, there is absolutely no way you can fail unless you are ill. Remember you will be with your trainer 2 -3 hours per week. They are unable to observe your lifestyle, eating habits and social activities the rest of the time. This is where you will need your self discipline to avoid sabotaging your hard work. You have made a huge decision to invest into your health, don’t waste your time and money by letting yourself down.
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Well I hope this article has helped you consider some of the issues you need to consider when looking for a Good Personal Trainer

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