Over the past couple of years, I have been asked about how to find a personal trainer because of how successful I have been with my health. While I have worked with various trainers over the years, I have been fortunate to be with the same trainer going on 2 years. There is obviously something very different about my relationship with my current trainer because I have never been this happy and healthy, and I never enjoyed working out at the gym before.
Where I Went Wrong Initially
When I joined the gym a couple of years ago, I simply knew that I wanted to lose weight and that I needed variety because I get bored in a routine. That was as much information as a membership advisor got from me.
The problem with this little information is that it doesn’t really help someone match you with a trainer. Why? It is too generic – anyone who is a certified trainer will get you moving to help you lose weight, but your success ultimately depends on you.
Know What Personality Works Well for You
Here are my notes about why my trainer and I work very well together…
- He’s a guy. Probably sounds funny to most, but I work best with men. I am guessing it is part of my competitive nature, but when I see a guy doing something, it gives me a mental challenge to not only do what he does, but push myself to do better.
- We talk. When I hurt – I tell him. When something isn’t working – I tell him. When I am frustrated with an exercise – he just knows. I have health issues – he knows them all.
- He’s bringing the variety. We have completed over 200 training sessions together and every single one has been different. Other than one circuit we drop in occasionally as a test – he has never given me the same routine. Never!
- Personality. We are similar and have enough common interests that we can talk about different things in life – mainly sports, but also family and other interests.
Tips on What to Ask Yourself
- If you are working with someone at the gym office, such as a membership advisor, to be paired with a trainer – be open, specific, and honest.
- Think of your personal trainer as a business partner.
- What type of person makes you happy?
- Do you want someone that is direct?
- What do you not want?
- What are you comfortable sharing with a personal trainer – and – would the gender of the trainer make a difference in your sharing comfort level?
- Once you find a trainer, listen and talk to them. Seriously – do not be shy. Be honest with yourself – your diet, goals, and commitment. Share concerns so that the trainer can help you be successful in whatever your gym goals are.
Own Your Responsibilities
Personal trainers can only do so much. If you want to lose weight, they can get you moving. If you want to gain muscle, they can help you push and pull heavier weights. If you want to sustain general wellness, they can help keep you mobile, flexible, and stable. Personal trainers cannot follow you around or feed you. Anything you do outside of the gym, away from your trainer is on you – including eating, drinking, and anything else you put into your body. Regardless of your goals, nutrition is vitally important to your success. You must own this part of your business relationship with your trainer. As a team, when the trainer and client deliver, any goal is possible.