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Speak Up: 4 Questions to Ask Your Personal Trainer

Speak Up: 4 Questions to Ask Your Personal Trainer

By Geoff Robison | In Fitness | on November 8, 2017

4 Questions to Ask Your Personal Trainer


Getting into the gym is good start. Hiring a qualified personal trainer is even better. If you’ve made these moves, you might be asking yourself: what next? The answer is simple. To get the most out of your personal training experience, you must communicate with your trainer. This communication is especially important for those new to fitness. Here are four simple questions to ask your personal trainer that are key to building an effective relationship.


Credentials & Experience Matter

Even before you begin your first workout or even consultation session with your chosen personal trainer, you need to be sure you are dealing with an expert with experience. According to this helpful list, a good place to start in determining your trainer’s qualifications is to conduct an informal credential check.

While this doesn’t mean you need to grill your trainer about their background, it is important to be sure that they have at least some sort of fitness credential with actual experience working with similar clients. This could either come in the form of a degree, license, or certification. To be sure, here’s a handy tool that allows you to search for various NCCA certifications. See if your trainer made the cut!


Time Constraints

If you’re like most people, you have a lot on your plate. If you are looking to work out, it is extremely important to develop a schedule that will allow you maximum benefit with the time you have available. Asking your personal trainer about scheduling, plans, and routines can be immensely helpful.

Here’s a sample question: I only have three days free this week to work out, what do you recommend?  

Questions like these allow your personal trainer the time to come up with a schedule tailored specifically for you. After all, isn’t that the point of a personal trainer?


Realistic Goals

While any good personal trainer should welcome you into the gym, it is also up to you to let them know what you are looking to accomplish with your workouts. Though communicating about future results may be intimidating or even feel a little awkward, it will go a long way to ensuring a successful relationship with your personal trainer.

As discussed in this helpful article, asking about results and goals can help your personal trainer better understand your ultimate fitness plan, enabling them to alter your schedule or even make dietary recommendations.


What Makes You Unique

Finally, perhaps one of the most important questions to ask your personal trainer relates to what makes you different. By mentioning your special needs, concerns, or mobility issues, your trainer can design the best and most effective fitness regimen for you.

By keeping your personal trainer informed, he or she can make helpful modifications to your workouts. While this cooperation will certainly make your experience more pleasant, it will also ensure that you stay true to your workout schedule. It is much harder to miss a workout or gym session when you can be sure that your routine is, well, yours.


Get Fitness Advice From An Expert

Of course, your fitness questions are only as good as your personal trainer. The friendly experts at Custom Kinetics are ready to answer your questions and guide you on your fitness journey. Whatever your goals, the professionals at Custom Kinetics can help. Contact them today!

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