5 things to ask before hiring a personal trainer!

by | Sep 25, 2021 | All, Exercise, Motivation

  1. Are these Private or Group Training?
    • If you have been doing your research and searching the internet for 1 on 1 personal training, you will see a lot of great places being advertised online. However, be aware a large percentage of these companies are saying that they offer personal training, however, when you show up, you are thrown into a group training class. When you contact these personal training gyms, our tip is to ask if the offer is for 1on1 personal training or a small group class.

  2. How long have they been in business?
    • Ask how long they have been in business, not how long they have been training. A trainer could have started last week in business but has been technically training for 5 years. Hiring an individual trainer or a fairly new business can be risky especially when 50% fail the first year and 70% in 10 years. Just because they are a good trainer doesn’t make them good businessmen. We have heard unfortunate stories of people paying 4 to 12 months upfront for personal training- spending thousands of dollars and then the trainer quits, leaves town or the gym closes.

  3. How will you train me for my personal goals?
    • Look at the personal trainer’s website- what type of training pictures do you see them doing on their site. If you see a lot of 20-year-olds flipping tires in parking lots or you see large squat racks and people lifting heavy amounts of weights in a warehouse, this could be the perfect place or the worst place for you. Unfortunately, some trainers only have one style of training and if you hire them, that will have to be your style which could be aligned with your goals but if you’re not looking to be the next powerlifting champion you might want to go somewhere else. We have a saying here at No Excuse Fitness- an average personal trainer works on their agenda, and a great personal trainer works on your agenda. Meaning that a top professional trainer has the knowledge and mastery of many training disciplines and will apply the correct ones to attain your individual goals making sure it will fit within your lifestyle for long-term success.

  4. How do you track your client’s results?
    • Do they offer Assessments and help you with food planning? Is it included or an extra charge?  Also, Assessments can be subjective based on what system they use? Tape measurement, Body Fat calipers, and electro impedance are the main types. They also check your strength, balance, and posture. They should believe in a total approach of having a Healthy balanced physique not just to be leaner and have more muscles but you’re not functional.

  5. What’s your open times to train?
    • Now you found your perfect trainer great! However, since most likely they are very popular with a fully packed schedule. Also since most personal trainers are independent contractors that pay space rent at the gym they train at. A Lot of personal trainers have been known to sign up clients and due to conflicts of booking a consistent time to train 2 to 3 times a week the client doesn’t get the consistency and accountability needed to get results then they end of quitting.  Plus they won’t have anyone cover for them due to them worrying about the other trainer stealing them away.

At No Excuse Fitness, we encourage you to compare us to the others! We are driven to prove to you that we will offer you great results, service, and value! We have created a comparison sheet below.

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