Starting with a personal trainer has a number of advantages but
there are a number of things to consider to make sure you get the most out of
personal training …
If everyone was the same life would be boring! The same applies to personal
trainers! Some will have specialist knowledge in certain areas such as fat
loss, triathlon training, pre/post natal training and posture correction. Some
trainers will have louder motivating personalities that may motivate some, but
grate others. If you’re a member of a gym, ask the Fitness Manager for two
or three trainers details who might be suitable for your goals and personality.
A good trainer should be happy to meet you and discuss your aims. This will
enable you to build rapport, talk about your objectives in detail, discuss
availability and also pricing.
Depending on your fitness goals, your trainer may administer a variety of
assessments during the initial session, or may reserve some assessments
until a point in your program that is more appropriate. The assessments that
are selected should done so in line with your fitness goals, and are used to
establish a baseline for progress comparison further down the road.
Assessments are also used to gauge your current level of fitness, which can
assist your trainer to develop your customized program. Examples of
assessments that may be conducted include body composition assessments,
movement screens and posture assessments.
This depends on a variety of factors, including your fitness goals, your own
motivation levels and budget. The ultimate goal of a quality personal trainer is
to enable a client to take ownership of their exercise program. Some trainers
will see a client five times a week if the client has a very specific and time pressured goal to meet. Other clients might want to see a trainer just once a month to design a program for them to follow on their own.
The million dollar question! Trainers tend to charge different rates depending
on experience, qualifications and how busy they are. For instance, a new
qualified trainer wanting to build a client base will probably charge less than
an experienced trainer who has a busy schedule. However, expect to pay
between £40-120 per session. Some trainers also offer 45-minute sessions as
opposed to 1-hour sessions which can be one way to get a more competitive
By Daryl Browne MSc