How To Choose A Personal Trainer

A personal trainer can be a great way to boost your results in the gym and keep you accountable, all while increasing your knowledge regarding everything health and fitness. If you’re interested in finding a personal trainer, but aren’t sure how to pick one, here’s some advice to help you find the right one.

It’s important to have a goal in mind, before you go searching for a personal trainer. Are you looking to lose body fat? Increase muscle mass? Decrease your pain? Determining your goals will mean that you are in a much better position to find a trainer that has the necessary expertise to help you.

Qualities to look for in a trainer:

Qualifications and certifications.  You want to make sure you are in good hands.  Make sure the trainer has a nationally recognized certification.  Preferably a university degree in Human Kinetics or Kinesiology.  At Fleming Fitness in Ottawa and Kingston, all of our personal trainers have Kinesiology degrees. 

A personal trainer should be interested in not only your goals but also your previous fitness and health experience, any past injuries, likes and dislikes, daily routine and habits. This way a trainer can understand you and help you train in a way best suited for your wants and needs.

Working out and nutrition go hand in hand, so it is important to find a trainer that has a good understanding of nutrition. A good personal trainer will be able to give you guidance on nutrition so that you can reach the results you want from the hard work in the gym.

Changes don’t happen overnight, so if a personal trainer promises you immediate results, do not be fooled. You’ll want to hire a personal trainer that sets reasonable expectations and who doesn’t promise fast results. Setting realistic expectations should form the basis of a good consultation.

A good personal trainer will give you what you need, not just what you want. Try finding a trainer who knows when to push you and when to step back. They can help you focus on basic movements and improve mobility before really pushing you or they can give you the support to push yourself to something more challenging. Finding a trainer that understands both sides is key.

At Fleming Fitness, injury rehab specialists in Ottawa, we have multiple experienced and knowledgeable personal trainers that are waiting to work with you and get you to your fitness and health goals. Contact us to learn more about our Ottawa and Kingston personal trainers!

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