When it comes to a person’s fitness goals – whatever they might be – there’s no better way to reach them than employing the services of personal trainers to guide them and keep them accountable.
But, not every personal trainer is going to be the perfect match for every person. We have personal trainers at all of our gyms, who all have their specialties and slightly different approaches to training. In order to find the right trainer for you, we’ve put together a list of things to look for and consider.
What Are Their Qualifications?
All Planet Fitness personal trainers hold the required qualifications in Australia, which is a Certificate IV in Fitness. Those with just a Certificate III qualification are only allowed to act as a gym floor instructor – instructing gym members on proper use of equipment and working with small groups.
They are also required to have an up-to-date first aid and CPR certificates.
What is Their Experience?
While more years on the floor may not mean a better fit for you, it may mean your personal trainer has more experience dealing with certain age groups, fitness levels or injuries.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions like:
- How many years of experience do you have?
- What results have you helped your clients to achieve?
- What additional skills do you have? Some PTs might come from a sporting background and have previous experience boxing, or dancing, or may have certificates in strength and conditioning which may offer a particular skillset you think will be beneficial to you.
- If you have a specific medical problem, injury or condition (such as being pregnant, or having heart problems or diabetes), ask to ensure the trainer you choose has education and experience in these areas.
Ask About Their Approach, and How They Can Help
All personal trainers are required to do the following:
- Help you exercise safely and efficiently, monitoring your technique and load
- Discuss/help you determine your goals
- Track your progress
- Assess your fitness level, and adjust your program to suit your progress
- Help keep you motivated
- Offer general advice on a healthy diet according to national guidelines.
However, they may differ in the processes and methods they use. Ask your personal trainer about what their training is likely to involve, how often they monitor and track your progress, as well as what results you are likely to achieve.
- Make sure your trainer is someone you like. Some people prefer trainers that are more assertive in their training methods, others may prefer a more gentle approach. Are you likely to enjoy your sessions with them? What do you think will make sure you get the best results?
- Ensure they are a good listener. Do they listen to you when you ask questions?
- Are they attentive? Watch how they interact with others in the gym and see if they are focused solely on the trainee, or if they tend to get distracted.
- Find out their availability. If your timetable is likely to change from week to week, but theirs is pretty rigid, you may need to find a trainer who can accomodate your changing schedule.
Want to Find out More About Our Personal Trainers?
We have personal trainers available at every one of our gyms in Newcastle, the Central Coast and Western Sydney. Get in touch or visit your local Planet Fitness to meet with one.