What to ask a Personal Trainer before hiring them?

The fitness industry has experienced unprecedented growth in the last few years, highlighted by the large number of personal trainers currently working in the industry. Majority of personal trainers work independently in small personal training studios, or provide mobile personal training services and/or franchise through one of the bigger gym chains such as Fitness First.

If you are looking at hiring yourself a personal trainer to help you achieve your fitness and health goals, it can get just a little bit confusing. There are so many factors to consider, such as price and duration of the personal training session, training location, as well suitability of the potential personal trainer to your training and lifestyle needs.

In many instances a good starting point is to make sure that your trainer is holding a current registration with Fitness Australia. Fitness Australia is the main governing body of the Fitness Industry and it maintains industry standards that every fitness professional must adhere to in order to maintain their registration. Fitness Australia aims to make sure that every fitness professional completes Senior First Aid certification and holds current public liability and professional indemnity insurances.

Ascertaining that your trainer is registered should give you a piece of mind that the fitness professional you are about to hire is at the very least meeting industry standards and has adequate experience.

However, it’s crucial that the personal trainer you are using also specialises in the training that is suitable to your needs. If you are about to hire a CrossFit specialist to help you with your posture and rehabilitation from a current injury you are heading for a disaster. Attempt to find out as much as you can about your trainers experience and specialisation before hiring, in order to achieve your desired health and fitness goals.

Establishing a good working rapport with your personal trainer will help every training session to be a fun and enjoyable experience. Every person has different motivational triggers and while some people might enjoy in your face bootcamp style approach, this approach will simply discourage other people. Try to ascertain your personal trainers’ style when it comes to running each session in order to make sure that he/she is the right fit to your personality.