There are several reasons why people consider hiring a personal trainer, it could be losing weight for an upcoming event or learning how to apply proper training strategies on their own. When it comes to the expectations of hiring a personal trainer here are 7 of the most important ones that I beleive you should expect. Every trainer should offer all 7 of these if they offer any less then you need to consider investing in somebody else.
Here they are!
You’ve contacted a trainer that you feel will meet your needs, you sign up with them for 72 sessions because they have a big social media following so they must be good, right? Wrong! If the trainer you contacted is expecting you to pay them without an initial consultation you should steer away from them. These consultations don’t need to be long (30-60 minutes) but they will ensure the trainer and the client is a good match to work together. In the last 2 years, I have had to turn down people due to the fact I knew we weren’t going to work well together because of certain reasons.
I will write an article on what a thorough consult/assessment should and shouldn't look like in the near future, but for the meantime make sure your potential trainer offers you this.
Correct technique for every exercise
If your trainer has yet to screen basic movements then you need to bring this up or refrain from hiring them. Before any fancy workouts are prescribed all workouts should consist of learning how to execute basic exercises first.
Better workout strategies
A lot of people come in and only know how to do curls, crunches, and cardio. Unfortunately, it takes a lot more than that to get the results you desire. Both you and your trainer need to come up with a workout plan that will work for you. Some of my clients are only able to workout 2x/week but, we make it work regardless and they get the results they are seeking.
The hardest part about going to the gym is actually going to the gym. If you’ve hired a trainer, booked sessions and let them develop strategies for you chances are you are going to attend all your sessions and get results faster.
Most people who come to the gym aren’t looking strict meal plans, they are looking to increase the quality of their life. In that case, you should be discussing new lifestyle habits with your trainer every week and have them help you implement them strategically. For fitness enthusiasts or professionals these habits may seem obvious, but for the average person, they are not. You would be surprised how many people don't think their 3 double-doubles from Tim Hortons has negative impacts on them. Start slow and implement them strategically.
Do you plan on having a personal trainer for the rest of your life? Probably not, right? In that case, you should be trying to learn from your personal trainer each and every session. As a personal trainer, I make it a priority to make sure all my clients are eventually capable of applying everything we do on their own.
Unfortunately, it's not your personal trainers’ responsibility to follow you around and make sure you’re eating well. But it is their job to measure results and offer everything they can to ensure the success of their clients. Results don't always have to be the number on the scale, we like to focus on more non-scale victories that will keep you motivated throughout the process.