Deciding on whether or not you need a personal trainer can be tricky business. Considering how expensive some of them can be, it is a big investment after all.
So, what now? Do you keep going and hope for the best or you do enlist the help of a pro?
Here are some things you should consider if you’re contemplating recruiting a personal trainer, according to one of Sydney’s best, Ben Lucas of Flow Athletic.
“If you just want to get lean then you may not need to be with a body building coach. On the flip side, if you enjoy cross fit style workouts, then you may not want to be with someone who specialises in Pilates,” says Ben. “Find a trainer who does exercises that you would enjoy because doing something you don’t enjoy is going to make it hard for you to maintain motivation to keep attending.”
“A good trainer should be able to put together a specific action plan to help you achieve your fitness goals. For example, with my NYC marathon running squad, I have a 5 month plan to help get them over the 42KM finish line as we don’t want to start too hard and cause injuries, we want to build up their kms and strength gradually.”
“If your goal is weight-loss related, a trainer will help you get there—but remember that diet, mindset and sleep is also just as crucial to helping you achieve that goal.”
“Sure, health benefits are a major factor when it comes to engaging a personal trainer, but if you are spending 45 minutes to an hour with someone, make sure you like them. There is no reason why training shouldn’t be fun,” says Ben.
“Ask around, has anyone else trained with your trainer before? What did they think? Was he/she qualified? Did you enjoy being there? Did you keep coming back?”
“If you’re travelling too far or if the time frame is not really suitable then there’s a good chance that you will end up backing out of sessions,” says Ben. “So your trainers location and available times is something to consider. Make sure that it’s taking place at a time and venue that suits your schedule.”
“If you are training for general health or just for fun and you want to be in a more social or group environment, then group classes would be more suitable,” advises Ben. “If you want to train for fun but you don’t want a crowd around you, then a trainer is more suitable.”
“I would get someone who can write a 4-6 week program for you and they can do a session with you once or twice to correct your technique and monitor your progress,” suggests Ben. “However, you can also look into small group classes—either at a studio or you can bring your friends into your PT session with you and split the cost.”