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What To Consider When Picking A Personal Trainer

Picking the right personal trainer can be tricky. You want to find someone who can not only motivate you and help you achieve the fitness results you want, but also someone who’s fun to be around. After all, depending on how often you train, you might be spending a whole lot of time with them.

So, when looking for a personal trainer, where does one start? We asked Ben Lucas, personal trainer, director and co-owner of Sydney’s Flow Athletic.

Find a personal trainer with wide-ranging experience

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Personal trainer Ben Lucas says to look for a personal trainer with a wide variety of experience. Image: Ben Lucas / supplied

“I would say look for a personal trainer who has experience in a variety of areas.

“How I like to work out may not necessarily be how my clients like to. I have certifications in a few areas including TRX, cycling, boxing, viPR, running, and I used to be a professional rugby league player.

“Having a breadth of experience also means I can continually ensure my fitness programs are interesting and well-rounded in targeting multiple muscle groups and achieving strength or tone in different areas.

“I would also say picking your personal trainer is like picking a counsellor or mentor, there must always be mutual respect, understanding and someone you genuinely get on with – otherwise the incentive to exercise may not always be there.”

Personal trainers don’t necessarily have to be pricey

“A common misconception is that only the wealthy can afford a personal trainer, however, I like to tailor my programs to suit different budgets.”

They shouldn’t be hired solely for weight loss

One of the biggest misconceptions about personal trainers is that they can only help with weight loss. Image: Victor Freitas / Unsplash

“Personal trainers are also great for improving strength and muscle tone, not just weight loss which is often when people will employ personal trainers.”

A main reason for having a personal trainer is their motivation

“There’s no doubt about it, accountability gets you over the line. The power of our inner-chatter is loud and when the going gets tough – like the last 10 minutes of a HIIT circuit – you’re more likely to listen to your mind when it tells you enough is enough.

“However, if you’re with a trainer, you’re more likely to get the most out of the session and have someone reward you for it.

“The benefit of a personal trainer is also having someone keep track of your goals, they know what you’re working towards and can tailor a program especially for you.”

Start with two sessions a week

Lucas suggests starting with two sessions a week so you can learn to perfect posture and pose. Image: Victor Freitas / Unsplash

“When I start with a new client, I like to take them through the ropes, which means perfecting posture, pose and form with various exercises.

“For instance, have you ever found that after years of yoga a teacher either corrects or teaches the class how to perfect a posture? This way you reduce your risk of injury and activate the right muscles when targeting areas.

“I also like to start with form as a motivating factor before weight loss, which will eventually come, but shouldn’t necessarily be your goal for the first month.”

Tell your personal trainer what you want to achieve

“I want to know what my clients are looking to achieve from personal training.

“For instance, have they ever had a trainer before? What was it that worked for them or what didn’t? And, do you have any injuries or challenges that we need to work around?

“This will help paint a picture of their needs and therefore allow me to develop a program tailored for them.”

(Lead image: Flow Athletic / Facebook

Published 10 April, 2019