What To Look for In a Trainer
Aside from how many Instagram followers they have.
The time has come. You’re ready to take the jump and hire a trainer. But you have no clue where to start. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when looking for a trainer.
This seems like a no brainer, but it is most likely the #1 thing to keep in mind. Set a budget. How much are you willing to spend monthly for a trainer. Most coaches have different options such as customized programs, set programs, nutrition add on, lifestyle, and more. These most likely will have different pricing. Keep that in mind. Are you willing to commit that monthly cost every month? If you are not financially stable for that payment, then wait. It will only stress you and your coach out. Keep in mind as well that some coaches offer discounts if you sign a 6- or 12-month contract. This can bring the overall price down, but are you willing to be locked in for a set amount of time?
This one may sound silly but feel it out! If you feel like you can genuinely get along with your coach and you feel comfortable, it’s a green light. If you feel nervous or like you cannot be open with them, red light. You want to make sure you are comfortable with your coach, especially considering they will be altering your lifestyle. You want to make sure you can have those conversations about finances, goals, and what is going on in your life considering that will affect the outcome of your training.
Think of your ideal goal body. Are you aiming for a lifestyle shape? A bikini pro? Maybe you want to do wellness or figure? Look at the shape of your trainer. Odds are, if they have the lean body of a bikini pro, they will know more about bikini division than figure, and vice versa. This is not saying the coach will have no knowledge of other divisions, it’s just an idea to go off.
Are you looking for a coach that can be right by your side once a week or month to train you? Or are you willing to be coached through an app? This is a big one. If you are a beginner, we would recommend a local coach so that they can get in the gym with you to make sure you are doing the exercises properly to avoid injury. If you would like a little more freedom and self-accountability, online coaching may not be a bad way to go.
Go with your gut. If you see a trainer and you think “that’s it, I just know it,” then take a chance and reach out! If you’re talking to a trainer and you feel off or like it just won’t work out in the long wrong, don’t waste your time or their time. Trust your instincts, you know your body best.