I need a personal trainer- how do I know which one to choose?
We often get people coming in to Rock Solid who are shopping around for a personal trainer. That’s great because maybe the first place you go to might not be the best to fit your needs, so it pays to check around! Unfortunately, many of these people aren’t exactly sure what makes a good personal trainer. Here are seven questions you need to ask when you’re choosing a personal trainer:
- Do they have a college degree? There are many certifications that you can get over the weekend for a few hundred bucks. You don’t want to start a relationship with one of those trainers who have the certification but no experience (you won’t find them at Rock Solid Fitness). This leads us to the next question.
- How much experience do they have? At Rock Solid Fitness our trainers have over 50 years of combined experience, including experience with pro and collegiate athletes, and medical experience. It’s likely that we have experience with somebody who has struggled with what you’re struggling with, and we can help. Are you having neck pain? We’ve helped people alleviate that. Are you looking to lose 50 pounds? We’ve helped people do that.
- Do they have a plan? This can be broken down into some deeper questions like: Do they know what to do to get you results? When you come in for your workouts are they going to be able to tell you what you did last week, and what you’re doing today? Are they working from a proven system that has worked for others and can work for you? Are they coaching each and every repetition? At Rock Solid we know exactly what workout you’re doing and why you’re doing it each and every time you come in here. We also meticulously record every workout so that we know what works for you, how well you’re improving, and if we need to change anything in your routine.
- Do they assess your baseline and measure your progress? At Rock Solid we record every workout you ever do in here. We also have the InBody 570, which measures how much muscle and fat you have, among other health markers. Between recording your workouts and the InBody 570, we have objective measurements to tell us how you are progressing in both your strength and body composition. This is helpful because we can always tell if you’re on the right track and if we need to tweak anything in your program.
- Can they get you results? It doesn’t matter how cheap they are, or how much fun you have there, if you’re not getting results you’re doing yourself a disservice. It’s smarter to pay $50 for results, than to waste $25 for no results.
- Is it safe? There are many different ways to work out and get results; unfortunately, they’re not all safe. Make sure that the place you decide to workout is not somewhere where you are throwing weights around and doing ballistic movements, as those have been shown to increase your chance of injury.
- How much time will it cost you? We know that time is money. At Rock Solid we only need two thirty minute sessions per week of hard work to get you results. Other places can take 2-3 hours per week, and 2-4 sessions per week.
Those seven questions should help you make a well informed decision about where you should workout. Remember: there’s more that goes in to choosing a personal trainer than just price and certification. You are putting your safety, time and goals in their hands. Make sure you choose the right person!