How to find the best personal trainer for you

Jo Cordell-Cooper at Aqua Boot Camp

Jo Cordell-Cooper ready to take an exercise class at Hobart Aquatic Centre

What do you look for when you hire a personal trainer?  Do you just google “Personal Trainer in Hobart” and see what comes up, or do you look for a personal recommendation, a convenient location, or compare what each personal trainer charges?  Have you wondered if they are qualified?  Here is my 6 tip plan for getting the right personal trainer for you.

1)  what do you want out of your personal trainer?  Are you looking for compassion (you need rehab), child care (flexibility), intensity (gimme 10 more), a motivator – what personality traits are necessary for you to meet your goals

2)  what qualifications or experience does the trainer have for what you want/need?  Personal Trainers have a minimum certificate 4 in Fitness – its not rude to ask for a copy – you are about to make an investment – make sure they have the certification in the areas they say they do.  Expertise in kettle bells, pelvic floor recruitment, TRX and many other typical training tools come with additional training.

3)  All trainers have their preferred type of client – for example – body builders are not going to come my way – this is not an interest area of mine – and I run a mobile business so its just not possible to transport heavy weights from client to client – however if you are a women going through a ‘stage’ I’m your girl – pregnancy exercise, exercise after baby, rehab, time poor, these are all stages I specialise in.  So make sure the trainer you are talking to is interested in your journey.

4)  Do you gel?  Life’s too short to pay to be with someone you don’t like.

5) do the logistics match your needs – can they train you when it suits, at a place that appeals to you?

6)  Do they have a payment arrangement that suits?  Can you afford them?  Generally this is the first question a prospective client will ask – what do you charge – but a little further questioning may uncover that a client can actually see you up to 4 times a week if they join in your rostered classes reducing the need for regular 1 on 1 PT, which is always costly.

So now you are armed with a few more tips on hiring a personal trainer.  Good luck and spring into spring!

By Jo Cordell-Cooper who runs award winning Active Solutions and Health Network – finding the RIGHT balance for women at all ages and stages.  Ph: 0409 862206  or for more information


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