Choosing a Personal Fitness Trainer – The Interview
Personal trainers can help you achieve your health and fitness goals, or they can be an enormous waste of your dollars. The good news is, the choice is yours. And when it comes to picking the right personal fitness trainer, interviewing the prospect is an totally necessary.
Take note that you are hiring this person as your worker. So think of your initial meeting as a job interview. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the trainer’s training approach and what particular things they will do to help you get to your goals. Below are some questions to you can start with:
> What type of experience and credentials do you have?
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> What are the motivational techniques you often use?
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>After I tell you my specific fitness goals, what sort of workout plan are you going to make me?
>How often do you plan to change my workout program?
> Will you let me contact some of your current clients as references?
Your initial meeting must be free, and if not, search for a different trainer who can answer such questions before you must commit to paying for anything. There are a lot of trainers out there with a whole range of styles and personalities, so do interview a few before deciding on someone.
Inquire regarding package details too, like:
> Do you offer packages and what types?
Usually, the fewer sessions you use, the higher the price will be. Also ask what payment options are provided – full amount upfront, per session, installments?
> Can I get individual sessions?
> What is your rule on refunds?
This is specifically important if you are hiring somebody who is associated with a gym. If your trainer is not employed there anymore, for instance, can you get a refund for sessions you’ve paid for, or will you have to continue with a new trainer? If you are uncomfortable or unhappy with your trainer, will they return your money?
> Do you offer group sessions?
This is usually cheaper per person. If you can get a few friends to sign up, each of you can save money.
> If I get a package, should I use it within a specific period of time?
Make sure you can use all of the sessions before the package expires.
> What hours are you available?
You obviously want a trainer whose schedule fits yours.
> What fitness assessments are necessary and how often?
Fitness assessments such as blood pressure screening and body fat testing, along with strength, flexibility and endurance tests, all help your trainer determine your starting fitness level and create a safe and effective exercise program.
How do you handle cancellations?
Usually, you may not pay for a cancelled session if you inform the trainer a day or two in advance.