As we go back to the gym and want to work out and be healthy, we should be thinking about how to get the best personal trainer. They should be Covid safe and know what they are doing.
They also should not be making false promises and asking you to pay them straight up. Most personal trainers offer free sessions to new clients.
What to look for in a personal trainer when you first engage with them
A certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness is required. You should ask about their qualifications and if they are registered with a peak body such as Fitness Australia. You don’t want them to injure you or give you Covid. This is a sure fire way for the gyms to be closed again.
Make sure that you get references from other clients before signing up. Most of them have a Facebook page or Instagram page with their client’s photos and the work that they did with that client. Also, do your workout by yourself and see how they interact with other clients. Do they touch them when they know that they shouldn’t? Are they showing the correct technique? Don’t be sucked in by their challenges. They might also do some free group fitness classes in the gym, so you can participate and check them out there and then.
Make sure that they take the time to listen to you about needs and wants and that they can accommodate those things. They also shouldn’t be working outside their scope of practice which is giving mental health advice unless they are qualified to do so. They also should not be recommending that people do diets which cut out certain food groups.
Happy personal trainer hunting. It may take you a while to get the right personal trainer for you.