It’s currently very fashionable to get a tutor or coach and you can hire one for almost everything: cooking, relaxation, exam preparation, and dance, to name a few.
However, if you don’t feel like baking cakes or studying, you should also know that the fitness industry is also booming and improving your health and fitness with a personal trainer is now also very popular.
What is it? What are the benefits?
Why should I hire a professional fitness trainer?
And, for those who don’t go to the gym very often: How can I find a trainer on the internet to help me meet my personal fitness goals?
Search for personal trainers near me.
Before you find out how to find an online personal trainer on the Internet, you need to know exactly what this type of fitness professional does, what the benefits are, and how they can help you.
In short, the role of a personal fitness trainer is to help you meet your sporting goals with personalised fitness training and workouts. You can think of them as a private tutor for health and fitness.
Just like private English, French, or maths tutors, a certified personal trainer tailors their sessions to your needs, expectations, and objectives. In fact, there’s a lot of overlap when it comes to the skills required to be a good private tutor and a good personal fitness trainer.
Firstly, your personal trainer or coach should carry out appraisal in order to create a personalised and achievable programme for you.
A personal trainer can help you get more out of each session. (Source: Scott Webb)
Your fitness instructor won’t just give you new exercises suited to your body type and physical fitness. They’ll also make you healthier and help motivate you, giving you the strength to carry on when you feel like giving up.
Finally, they can also help you to eat right by suggesting diet plans that will work for you.
In short, a personal trainer will listen to you and apply their know-how to getting you into shape.
When it comes to working with personal fitness trainers, you can’t get a personal trainer for just one session. Getting healthy, losing weight, or gaining muscle are all processes that take a long time and a lot of hard work. Since you’re going to be spending a lot of time with this individual, you should do everything you can to make sure you make the right choice.
The first thing you need to do to find an accredited personal fitness trainer is establish what your real goals are and what your main objective is. Think long and hard about why exactly you want a personal trainer.
The clearer you are with your goals, the more effective your personal training sessions will be. After all, if you don’t tell your coach that you’re working towards a marathon, they might work with you on building muscle and bulking up!
You can’t just choose a personal trainer at random, for fun, or just to kill some time. They’re professionals who are there to make you work. This is why they decided to become a personal trainer and they’ll do their utmost to make sure you meet all your objectives.
A personal trainer can help you with your goals. (Source: pixabay.com)
Make sure you know what your end goal is and whether it’s weight loss, toning, improving flexibility, etc. make sure that your personal trainer knows it, too!
After deciding on your objectives, you’ll have to find the personal trainer that works for you and will help you achieve all your objectives. As any sports film will tell you, you need the right fit to get the best results from your trainer.
A lot of the time, you’re going to have to trust your gut as you only have an hour or so to work out if a personal trainer is right for you. You should arrange a number of meetings with a few different coaches in person in gyms and health clubs in order to give you the best possible chance of making the right decision.
If you’re looking on-line, you’ll need to look for different sports centres near you and see if there are any personal trainers that work there; most of them will offer their services in the centres themselves and some will even be happy to go to your house. Keep an ear out for recommendations from friends and family, too.
If the coach you’ve found offers a taster session, you should go for it since it’s a great chance to see if you get along and you won’t have to commit to any other sessions if not.
This depends on your budget. Finding a personal trainer in a sports centre is usually the cheaper option. This also means that you can make the most of the facilities at the sports centre, too. There are plenty of personal trainers offering their services on-line through their own personal websites.
Their rates are often higher than those working in sports centres since they have to travel to your house (which is often factored into the price you pay). As a rule of thumb, check the rates of personal trainers before meeting them since it’s a waste of everybody’s time to meet if they don’t meet your budgetary requirements.
Don’t forget that you can find fitness instructors online! (Source: pixabay.com)
Another way to find personal trainers on-line is through coaching and private tutorial websites.
There are a number of benefits to this:
Personal trainers on these platforms will be subject to strict screening procedures. This usually means that they have at least a personal trainer certification. It’s better for you to work with certified professionals who are qualified to train you.
Their rates tend to be competitive.
The coaching programme will be tailored to you and your personal trainer will take your personality and ability into account when working on activities that work for you.
Thanks to the various platforms and on-line coaching adverts, you’ll be able to find plenty of different personal trainers that live near you. If you’re on a tight budget, you should also check if they do a discount for group fitness classes.
Since they’re going to be in charge of your health and keeping you motivated, you need to make sure you’ve picked the right person.
You can’t just choose anyone. You need to do your research on the Internet and check out reviews from other people exercising with them.
The best thing you can do is contact them directly or arrange a meeting. This is a great way to ask them questions about their personality, their methods, and how they work.
Don’t forget to ask your personal trainer for a free taster session. (Source: pixabay.com)
Here’s a few questions you should ask them at the start:
What training have you done? What skills do you have? What nationally recognised qualifications do you have?
How do you keep up to date with the latest coaching techniques? Are you still studying the latest techniques?
What kind of clients do you usually work with? What are your results usually like?
What are your coaching specialisations? (Strength training, cardio and weight loss, etc.)
Do you provide one on one coaching at home?
Do you have professional insurance?
Do you have the experience required to meet my own personal objectives and goals?
Is it possible to do a taster session (for free) and would it include a fitness assessment?
What are your rates? Are they fixed or are their discounts?
How long is a session? Are they weekly, daily, etc?
What are the conditions if I wish to cancel a session?
How do I pay you? Which payment methods do you accept?
When are you available?
Are the sessions fixed or are you flexible?
These questions may seem a bit demanding at first, maybe even blunt or uncompromising. However, when it comes to choosing the right personal trainer, you need as much information as you can get.
This information will help you choose the right coach to help you get fit in terms of your own personality, your physical ability, fitness, and even your timetable and personal preferences.
Since there are so many coaching websites, competition is fierce and they’re all vying for the spotlight. While they’re all different, they all claim to provide the best personal training for you.
Listen to your personal trainer’s advice to make sure you’re doing it right. (Source: Binyamin Mellish)
Some offer personal training in your own home while others offer sessions in a gym or their own sports centres.
As I said in the beginning of this article, personal trainers are like private tutors. That’s why a lot of personal trainers can be found on tutoring websites (like Superprof.co.uk) where you can search for personal trainers who live near you and also see what their hourly rates are!