5 Things To Think About Before Hiring a Personal Trainer

Written by Adam York - Thu 4th Jul 2019

If you’re serious about getting in shape, and aren’t sure where to start, hiring a personal trainer is a wise move. Not only can a PT teach you how to use the gym, you’ll get help with nutrition and heaps of motivation to keep you going.

Here are five things to consider when hiring a personal trainer.

Competency

The first thing to look for is competence, and any trainer with a level 3 qualification in personal training should have the basic skill-set to work safely and effectively. That is not to say that all PTs are created equal. Some will show a higher level of learning through sports or science based degrees, or further study. Also ask to see insurance documents for extra piece of mind.

Experience

There are many PTs new to the game that are awesome, and some with 20 years experience of doing things wrong. Check that the experience is relative to your goals and some of it is recent. Things move on quickly in fitness so it’s vital your coach is with the times.

Specificity

Some PTs will specialize in areas such as weight loss, bodybuilding or running, and others may provide further services such as sports massage or life coaching. Think about what you want to achieve and look for a trainer that has proven results in that area. Request a case study or testimonial showing past successes.

Confidence

It is important you have confidence in your PT from the start so arrange a consultation and create a list of questions highlighting any areas of concern or interest. Having a PT is a luxury, so it is important you feel you are getting value for money. Be sceptical of anyone offering you ‘too good to be true’ results or those that try and push commission based products on you.

Cost

Costs per hour will vary, and basing your decision on price alone may not be a good idea – did you buy the cheapest car possible? That’s not to say you can’t get good value for money, especially if you buy a block of sessions. Try and put a price on the end result you are seeking rather than looking at each hour. Knowing how to look after your body is something you can use for the rest of your life – a bit like driving lessons – so is a worthwhile investment. £30-40 per sessions is about average outside of London.

Kiss Gyms have a large selection of personal trainers, all with different styles, skills, and specialities. Go say ‘hi’ and see how they can help you take your fitness to the next level.