Tips from a Baltimore personal trainer: choosing the ideal trainer for your workout goals
A personal trainer is a professional who can help you reach your fitness goals. They’ll help you develop a personalized exercise program that takes into account your goals, injuries, and interests. They also provide motivation and accountability to keep you on track.
But with so many personal trainers out there, how do you sort out the phonies and find the best trainer for you? Coach James at Bmorefitebody is Baltimore’s premier personal trainer, with over 30 years of personal training experience. He believes that everyone has the potential to achieve greatness through a personalized program and proper coaching. Here are some tips on finding the ideal trainer for your workout goals.
Before determining if a personal trainer is a good fit for you, it’s important to make sure they meet some basic requirements. Your trainer should be certified by one of the several organizations that certify personal trainers. They should also have an educational background in exercise science, kinesiology, or other related discipline. Your trainer should be CPR and First Aid certified, and be properly insured.
Once you’re sure that a potential personal trainer has the appropriate credentials, determine if they are a good fit for you. Here are some questions to ask.
Do your goals align?
Yes, this means that you have to be clear about your fitness goals. Hiring a powerlifting coach probably won’t get you ready for that marathon you’re training for. A trainer that specializes in working with triathletes might not be equipped to help you get your postpartum body back in shape.
Find a trainer who has proven results working with people who have the same fitness goals as you. And working with a trainer who has personally accomplished your same goals is ideal.
Maybe you don’t have an end-goal, maybe your goal is to learn to enjoy exercise as part of a lifestyle shift. Finding a personal trainer who emphasizes the process over the result will provide a more successful and enjoyable experience.
What is their motivation style?
Are you someone who thrives on intensity or do you perform better with calm, consistent encouragement? If you’re the calm type, having a trainer hollering “let’s go!” right into your ear might not be the best way to motivate you and get your best effort. However, if you’re someone who requires a little bit of a push to get going, then this style of coaching could be just what you need to unlock your potential. Always avoid coaches who motivate through negativity or tearing you down.
Do your schedules match?
This may not seem important at first, but make sure you’re ideal trainer can meet with you when it’s convenient for you. You know your habits and daily routine. Scheduling your sessions when it works for you will ensure that you’re in the best headspace to focus on your workout and achieve results.
Do they get to know you?
A personal trainer should get personal. They should ask about your goals, your struggles, your habits, your nutrition, your workout history, any injuries or restrictions, etc. A good trainer understands that reaching your fitness goals isn’t just about reps and sets, it requires a whole-body, whole-lifestyle approach. And getting to know and understand you is integral to that process.
What equipment and facilities do they use?
Some trainers come to your home or office and bring equipment with them. Some are affiliated with a gym or fitness club that requires a membership. In either case, make sure the equipment they’ll be using is suitable for your goals, abilities, and interests.
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