How to Find the Right Personal Trainer

How to Find the Right Personal Trainer

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How to Find the Right Personal Trainer

By Darren Vartikian


With any purchase you contemplate in life, research is imperative – as blindly making a purchase can result in a waste of time, money and possible disappointment. Acquiring the services of a personal trainer or coach should be no different and is best attained through comparison.

Whether you are an elite athlete or the average person, one thing remains the same: finding the best person for the job to help achieve your goals.

Finding a personal trainer/coach is not a difficult task; all that's required is asking common sense questions. Before any inquiries can be made, as the consumer there is a simple question that must be addressed – “what are my goals”?

In relation to health and fitness people are generally looking to improve either: aesthetic appearance (decreasing body fat, increasing muscle mass and tone), athletic function (enhancing athletic performance) and/or wellbeing (healthy mind and body).

After establishing desired goals, conducting research into the prospective personal trainer/coach is the next logical step.

There are three key areas that should be analysed in the pursuit to find the right person for the job. These are: experience, knowledge and achievements.



Experience encompasses time, guidance, success and failure. Ultimately you want a personal trainer/coach who has spent considerable time refining their skills, attaining success, evolving from failures and guiding others in the right direction to reach their goals.



As the customer you are paying for knowledge, so you should expect the personal trainer/coach to be knowledgeable, notably in the area of training but also in nutrition and rehabilitation (other necessary areas of expertise that are required to accomplish desired results).

Knowledge encompasses theory and practical, formal and informal education. There is no doubt that paper qualifications in the form of degrees, diplomas and certificates, attained through formal education are important as they certify a level of learning.

However, informal education, in the form of reading books, magazines, watching videos, attending competitions, trial/error experiences and personal research— also increases precious learning in which knowledge and awareness create an eye for detail and instincts.



The last thing that separates a “claytons” personal trainer/coach from a very good one is achievement.

In the age of information technology, analysis of any form of sporting achievements that one may claim is now easy to verify.

With a couple of keyboard clicks, you can read a person’s profile, view photos, newspaper articles and video footage. In a commercial gym environment, there are also trainer profiles which can be perused.      

The best case scenario would be finding a person with a balance of formal and informal education, a wealth of hands-on experience and a track record for achieving results in a safe, efficient and professional manner. 

Unfortunately sometimes people can be misguided and confused, allowing attraction, gender, friendship and nepotism to dictate their decision. Don’t let this be you!


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