How to choose the right personal trainer for your goals


January 21, 2020

how to choose a personal trainer

Let's be honest. It would be pretty easy for me to tell you that I am the right personal trainer for you – but being realistic, everyone has unique needs, requirements and availability, so what works for one person may not work for another.

Here are a few factors to consider when choosing a personal trainer to work with, seeing if you need someone with specialist qualifications, interests match yours – or maybe you just want someone you might want to laugh with! Read on and make sure you have everything you need to know before you start your search.

Why do you want PT?

First, you need to think about why you are actually receiving PT. If you feel that you need a little help to move around the gym or gain confidence, if you need this little spark of motivation a few times a week to get back to your health routine, or if you want someone to guide you through the whole fitness crap, getting more with a little experience and knowledge, these are all great reasons to get PT. If you think that if you go to your sessions once, twice, or even three times a week, you are doing all the work for you without having to bother with your lifestyle, except for them, then you may need to take a step back and think about how much time and commitment to which you can dedicate the remaining 23 hours a day. Start walking three times a day for 10 to 20 minutes, three times a day, sleep at a reasonable time, and eat five servings of fruits and vegetables with protein with each meal, and then re-evaluate the causes after a month. you are looking for a coach.

What are their qualifications?

Surprisingly, there is no government standard you need to meet to practice as a personal trainer – someone could wake up tomorrow and decide to start as one without even stepping into the gym. However, there are many PT courses, so to protect yourself, make sure they have done their Level 3 PT with a reputable provider. For me, there is lifelong training that is accredited by REPs, although there are several other providers, including, but not limited to, Premier, YMCA, Train Fitness, and No1.

In addition, if you are classified as a special population, you need to make sure that they have made additional qualifications to assist you. If you are pre- or postnatal, under the age of 18, or consider yourself elderly, ask your PT if he or she has completed the appropriate CPD course.

how to choose a personal trainer

What is their personality?

You can laugh with your friends outside, but take your training time seriously, so you don't want a PT who's a complete mess. You might be full of confidence during work, but the gym makes you nervous, so PT screaming PT isn't going to sit right.

It’s hard to say if you can really do PT if you don’t have a trial session, a week, or a month with them, but when training, try to peek into the sessions they’ve run or don’t want to see on their social media if they’re posting their sessions – Do you feel like you could spend an hour working out, potentially more than once a week? If the answer is no, there are a lot of fish in the sea – or PTs in the gym!

What are their specialties and interests?

I’m really in a functional form because the benefits of functional strength extend beyond the gym, so my programs are often based on movements that are easily translated into real life and almost every other challenge you can think of. It is also beneficial for weight loss by building metabolically active muscles. If you're afraid of pushing a sled, lifting it to death, or jumping into a box, at least I encourage you to let it go – if you still hate it, I may not be the PT for you.

Talk to different personal trainers in your gym to find out if their interests and specialization match the way you want to train. Yes it is own time and money, remember, so make sure you spend it the way you want.

how to choose a personal trainer

What is their availability?

It's pretty simple, but it's often overlooked – make sure PT has sessions available when you're ready to train. If you know you are not an early morning coach, but the PT you are talking to has appointments only until 7 a.m., consider whether this is a sustainable long-term activity for you. Another option is to explore small group trainings where you get the benefits of personal training, but working with others and many people can book popular slots.


I always try to talk to people who are passionate about strength training and functional ability, but I also know so much else in my area and across the country, so leave me a line if you want some advice. Be sure to ask any questions you need to be happy with your PT – invest your time and money here to make sure you're happy with your decision!

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