Trainers can be expensive right? And it seems so overwhelming when trying to pick one with all the different levels of experience, certifications and specialties to decipher and compare. Easiest and most advantageous option: choose me. 😋 But in all seriousness, it can be a stressful process and often will lead to disappointment and stress; all problems we are trying to avoid with engaging in an exercise routine!
Price comparison: When looking into getting a trainer, the prices should be taken into consideration, but here is a chart I have created to give an overview of my rates in comparison to other gyms in the area. Mine are the most reasonable because I don’t have to give 60-70% of it to the gym to allow me to train there–going independent is one of the best career decisions I have ever made!
Working with an independent trainer like myself is great because typically, you will not also have to purchase a gym membership to work with said trainer, she is likely more experienced and ambitious, and she will usually have an extensive network of healthcare professionals to recommend if something is out of her scope of practice–independent trainers are networking gurus!
What to ask: Make sure to pay attention to the letters after your trainer’s name, and ask what’s entailed in each one. (Remember, plenty of companies out there will hand out certs for two-day courses; that’s not what you should be looking for.) While top certifications mean you’ll pay a bigger fee, it also means you’re getting a highly-educated trainer. The best trainers have been in the industry for a few years and will have a degree in something fitness-related (mine is a B.S. in Sports Management: Wellness & Fitness).
Always prioritize quality over quantity. It’s advantageous to train twice to three times a week with a great personal trainer; it’s like you’re getting time and a half. You’ll come out of each session having learned more about form, technique, and workout programming that you can use in your individual training.
Keep in mind, you get what you pay for, so if the rates are significantly less than the industry standard, I would ask some questions about her degree, certification, specialties, previous jobs, before/after pictures, success stories, future plans etc to make sure you are signing a contract with some one who really is qualified to aid you in reaching your goals.
Source: MJ Fitnatic