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8 Things to Look For in Your Local Personal Trainer

8 Things to Look For in Your Local Personal Trainer

Joan Schnorf

Hiring a local personal trainer is a substantial decision. It’s not buying a house or proposing marriage-big, but it is a significant commitment involving interaction between two human beings, and one that we’ve explored in one or two previous blogposts.

So it bears repeating: Before you make your move, make a checklist of qualities that your ideal local personal trainer should embody. Then, just before signing on the dotted line, make certain that you’ve checked off the following eight things:

  • Patience. Drill-sergeant showboating is fine for the gung-ho exercise enthusiast, but if you’re just getting started on the road to a healthier lifestyle, you’ll want to opt for someone who isn’t going to rant and rave the second you slip up. Everyone’s style of learning is different, and everyone needs to work at their own pace in order to maximize results. A professional will not only understand this, but will make it a priority from the very first meeting.
  • Communication. It’s the foundation of any successful relationship, bar none. And it goes beyond simply talking you through an exercise over the phone. Communication is about give-and-take and remaining accountable to one another – and can be a matter of simple courtesy when either party needs to cancel or reschedule for a legitimate reason.
  • Compatibility. Going hand-in-hand with communication, compatibility is crucial for any partnership in which occasional brutal honesty is a component. While you don’t necessarily have to be BFFs with your local personal trainer, your rapport should be easy-going and open, at the very least, because, ultimately, getting fit may mean facing some hard truths about your body.
  • Certification. Although it’s in the middle of this particular list of criteria, finding a knowledgeable personal trainer should be your top priority. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again now, certified professional trainers must be able to provide proof of accreditation. Look for paperwork from respected associations such as The American Council on Exercise (ACE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
  • Enthusiasm. Put simply, if your local personal trainer is bored with his or her place in life, what good can they possibly provide you?

Tact. The flipside of enthusiasm. While you want your personal trainer to be excited about your progress and 110-percent engaged in his or her coaching, you also want someone who exercises restraint when necessary. In short, if your coach is more interested in showing off his or her abs than helping you to develop your own – that’s a red flag.

  • Sincerity. The local personal trainer who has your best interests in mind will not resort to marketing tricks or gimmicks. Of course, personal training is a profession, and money will change hands. But a heavy-hitting sales pitch should not be part of the bargain. The only pressure a trainer should be putting on you is to stick to your goals and see them through.
  • Accessibility. Fitness Together Ellicott City is a short drive from Marriottsville, Columbia, and Catonsville, and offers personal training in a private setting.

Contact us today at 410-750-2228.

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