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5 things to consider when choosing a personal trainer

personal trainer works with a client
personal trainer works with a client
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Everyone is judging someone or something everyday whether they know it or not. So, If you joined a gym. And you needed expert advice. Should you think about hiring a personal trainer? How do you know if a trainer is the right fit for you? If you are going to hire a personal trainer, how would you like them to look? What determines who you should you choose? Who the gym recommends? Or pick who you want? I know these are very objective questions. But, Life is all about choices. It’s best for you to make the right choices for you not anyone else. Here are a few things you might want to think about when considering a trainer.

1) KNOWLEDGE - Knowledge, the key ingredient, is what you are hiring a trainer for. If you know more than the trainer, you shouldn't be training with that person. Trainers should have basic knowledge about the body and having a Master's Degree doesn't mean they have mastered the body or art of training. Good trainers are able to work with all sorts of personality types, can build respect with their clients, and can help you achieve your fitness goals. While degrees and certifications are important, it's how the trainer uses that information for each individual that determines a trainer's worth.

2) APPEARANCE - Appearance is vital when it comes to choosing a trainer. Are they in shape/fit? Are they practicing their own advice? Do they feel confident about the knowledge they are sharing with you? Having a fit person trainer says a lot, it shows that trainer has discipline to back up what he or she preaches. An overweight trainer will have a harder time convincing you that they can get you into shape. We all are visual people, so we judge off looks. Appearances can sway you in a direction quickly about the trainer. I'm not saying they have to have six pack abs and a beach body. No one is perfect and everyone's life circumstances are different. But their physical appearance can say a lot about their discipline and that's important when you're talking healthy lifestyles.

3) POSITIVITY – Wouldn’t you like a trainer to greet you with a smile? I believe being positive is a big apart of being a good personal trainer. All personal trainers should have this trait. Who doesn’t love someone that’s positive. If the trainer has a positive attitude, usually their personality is magnetic and likeable. Something that simple can set the tone for a workout and have a great affect on you! When given the option of spending your gym time with a total downer, or someone who has confidence and a positive outlook, I think we can all agree it's the positive trainer we would rather work with. Positivity is quintessential to achieving progress and success in the gym, especially on a rough day. Positive words can create beautiful people.

4) AGE/SEX - The age or sex of a potential trainer is something that should be considered too. Many trainers are young (under 30), have a lot of energy, and they are flexible, If you are older, you may want an older trainer that can relate to you and has years of wisdom tucked away. Or, you might like working with someone younger, someone that gives you that energetic feeling. Younger trainers tend to challenge you more and push towards that next step. Now, does it matter that the trainer is male or female? There are good female trainers and male trainers. People tend to judge strictly off sex. I do believe most women prefer male trainers, and most guys prefer female trainers. It seems that women are more comfortable with male trainers. There are great male and female trainers out there. But, doesn’t it matters if you are comfortable with them right? The sex of your trainer shouldn't be a factor, if their attitude and knowledge are on equivalent with your goals! Everyone is different, So, If sex of the trainer matters to you, make sure you mention that right away. Just keep in mind your goals and why you need help. Male or female you make the choice!

5) HUMILITY - What is worse than an obnoxious trainer? In my experience, trying to be dominant in the gym can be linked to a lack of security and self-confidence. That's not to say that you don't want a trainer has self-confidence. A trainer that shows they have humility is great. They will praise others, and not just themselves, for the results their clients get in the gym. Humble trainers make their clients feel comfortable and have created a safe environment in the gym. Humble trainers are patient, easygoing and able to pull the best efforts from a client. You can tell just by looking at their body language: non-aggressive stance, relaxed posture, arms in front or to the side. Maybe, the best mark to show a humble trainer; is what their clients have to say about them! There usually a nice person that you’re likely to get along with. We all like nice people. They can help us feel better about our selves. Humble trainers can possess a lot of wisdom. Mainly, because they listen to others; and not stuck in their way of thinking. If you don’t quite get a workout they are willing help you understand by explaining it. All Trainers should take pride in there clients, be understanding; also say good things about them. I believe that humility is a very likeable trait. A Trainer that has this quality might be a good for you.

These are things that I would consider when looking to hired a personal trainer.

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