How to find a good personal trainer

How do I find a good personal trainer?

In this article, we’ll give you tips on how to find the right personal trainer for you.

Know what you’re looking for. Personal trainers come in all shapes and sizes, with different levels of experience and training methods. Therefore, start with yourself, and think about your training goals and your fitness experience. Also talk to friends or family members who have used trainers before. Based on their experiences, you can get a better idea of what kind of trainer suits you best.

Find a personal trainer with the right experience

Many personal trainers have followed a special training today and are in possession of one or more certificates as proof of their specific knowledge and skills to help you achieve your goals and for example also for the providing nutritional advice. The most well-known certification for personal trainers in the Netherlands is the European accredited EREPS Level 4 or the Fitvak/NL ACTIVE Fitness trainer A and B course. Similar courses exist of course in other countries.

On Upwizer you can find a wide range of personal trainers in your area and easily compare trainers. Once you’ve made a selection, you can request a trial lesson or just call or chat with them via the Upwizer chat module.  Of course you will want to know in which training methods they specialize and whether that fits your situation and goals. A trainer with a basic certification will probably not be able to help you to train for a race or a triathlon. For this you will want to cooperate with a specialised trainer.

How do I determine if a personal trainer suits me?

To help determine if a trainer suits you, you can ask him/her these questions:

  1. What is your experience working with people like me? (Specify your goals: losing weight, training for an event, recovering from an injury, building strength, etc.)
  2. What results have you achieved with your customers? In what time span?
  3. Can I talk to some of your customers? (a good trainer shouldn’t have problems with providing references)
  4. How would you describe your style? (some trainers are gentle and encouraging, while others are more aggressive. Some work one-on-one, others train groups)
  5. How much do you charge per personal training? (rates vary greatly based on the trainer and location and range from €20 up to €100 per hour)
  6. Do you offer your small group training’s or other services, such as online training?

If possible, keep an eye on the trainer during your first lesson. It takes about five minutes to see if the trainer has more attention for the customer or for his- or herself. Habits like talking too much, easygoing and generally have little energy, are important warnings that the trainer may not be the best match for you.

In addition, personal dynamics is crucial. In other words, it helps if you can make a connection with the personal trainer.

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