If I’m hiring a personal trainer to help me achieve a goal, I want to know their track record with other clients. Talk to other people. Google them. Check out their history. Have they written articles? Have they been featured on TV as a local expert? Do they have credible testimonials? Have they been able to retain clients for an extended period of time? Are their clients happy with what they’ve been able to accomplish? These are all things that need to be considered before you give anyone your money to help you with your health and wellness.
If I’m hiring a personal trainer to coach me for a strength or endurance event, help my son get stronger for his chosen sport, or to help you look smoking hot for a Caribbean vacation; have they ever done any of these things? Why would you have someone help you do something they’ve never done? How can they coach you when you’re struggling through your intervals 5 weeks before your event first 10k? Why would you trust someone to write your program for a strength event or off-season training if they’ve never walked that journey themselves? They’ve never experienced the ups and downs you’ll go through, how can they give you GOOD advice?
If I’m hiring a personal trainer I want to know about their education, certifications and accomplishments. Is this something they went to school for? Have they worked toward numerous certifications? Do they ever get out of town and attend workshops? Do they mentor other personal trainers? Have they been asked to speak at any college fitness classes? What is their educational background? Or are they someone that just likes to read fitness magazines and run?
If I’m having chest pains I want the most qualified person available to help me. As my breath quickens, my chest tightens, and pain shoots down my arm, I really don’t care about the cost. I just want to live. I’m not calling my neighbor that binge watches “True Stories of the ER”, I want the best doctor I can get. You might think that’s an extreme comparison but you wouldn’t believe the amount of times I’ve had someone tell me a friend trained them and they needed shoulder surgery because they got hurt. Seriously think about who you’re giving your money to. Whether you want to run a Tough Mudder, compete in a powerlifting meet, help your child get stronger for football, or you just want to look knock out sexy in your bikini, do your homework and hire a professional.