How to Choose A Personal Trainer
You may have decided that Spring 2014 is the time to get the body you've always wanted. Or you aren't getting results with your current routine and you want to advice of an expert. Just like the nutrition industry, there are a lot of posers and uneducated people trying to take your money for a service or product that ultimately is unnecessary, isn't in your best interests, and/or can be potentially harmful to your health. So how do you know who to choose when it comes to training? I spoke to Sydney-based Personal Trainer and Strength Coach Stuart Lee from Hard Candy Fitness for his top tips.
A good relationship with your trainer is essential. Its important to find someone you can get along with and connect with easily. "You need someone who you are willing to let lead". If you feel comfortable around that person then it's easier to follow their lead and push that bit harder. Make sure they understand your goals too so that you are on the same page. Connecting with your trainer is important to make sure you're both working for the same goals, and that they will be there every step of the way to help you give it all you've got.
Trusting your trainer is a key part of success, as they will be pushing you to do things that you may not think you're capable of. Self-motivation often only lasts as long you let it, often waning when you have to push yourself to your limits. Perserverance through the difficult training sessions will help you to reach your goals.
When selecting a trainer, you want to look at their qualifications and personal achievements. A trainer who constantly educates himself would ensure that they're up to date with the latest training methods and research, Plus it shows they're highly motivated to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Choose a trainer with the most appropriate qualifications for your goals and one that inspires you through their own.
4. A GOOD TEACHER
A mark of a good trainer is someone who can teach you skills and have you nail the basics to ensure you have a solid platform to expand from. Rather than pushing you to achieve things that you may not be able to do, too quickly, and too soon, which can result in poor form, stunted progress, and injuries.
Having a short and long term game plan will help prevent injuries and help to ensure that your strength or fitness improves quicker with good form, rather than poorly with bad form - causing injuries and harm. A good teacher will help build you and your training up to help ensure you reach your goals with minimal down time from injury and preventative accidents.
5. A HOLISTIC APPROACH
A trainer who can focus both on the now, and on the bigger picture is critical as they will help devise a plan to get you to where you want to be, in a step-by-step way. Training has to be looked at from a bigger perspective, as well as part of a larger health plan. A holistic approach to training that includes, a healthy diet, adequate rest, and proper supplementation when required, not in excess, and tailored to your personal needs is critical to your success. Many trainers understand the basics of nutrition, but it's important that your trainer works with a qualified dietitian or nutritionist to ensure that you are getting the appropriate nutrition needs for your body. There will never be a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss and proper nutrition. Having a holistic approach and realising the need to guide you to a variety of health professionals when needed e.g. dietitian, physio, is important to ensure you tackle your goals from all the key areas of health. That way you're more likely to reach your goals, and not 'fall off the bandwagon' completely because you haven't addressed other issues that are preventing you to succeed.
Stuart Lee is available for personal training at the fully equipped CBD gym in Druitt St, Sydney.