Most people settle with themselves. They think that is enough for today, or they'll get right on that tomorrow. It's no surprise, then, that this settling is the reason that many people never reach their ultimate fitness goals.
Don't be like that!
Hiring a personal trainer to help you reach your goals is your best bet if you're serious about your fitness success. They will design a complete fitness program to help you reach attainable goals. Moreover, they will be with you every step of the way, helping to keep you inspired and motivated while helping to prevent exercise-related injuries.
Plus, if necessary, most trainers know just what to say to keep you working hard and moving towards your fitness goals.
Choosing a Personal Trainer
When shopping for a personal trainer, a good place to start is by finding candidates who have experience working with people similar to you with regards to age, gender, condition, and fitness goals. For example, If your goal is to look great for a high school reunion that you have later in the year, training with someone who helps MMA fighters condition probably won't be the best experience for you. Find someone who works with people like you. Also, it never hurts to ask for references.
Remember, you're looking for someone with a professional demeanor, polite but not too nice. A trainer who is overly friendly and familiar with you may not be there to push you when you really need a push. You want a trainer who knows their stuff but isn't looking, even passively, to make friends. You're a client to them.
And, while we're talking about professionalism, Now is a good moment to mention professional certifications.
You want a trainer who has been professionally trained. Two of the biggest and most respected certifiers of personal trainers are The National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT) and The National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM). These organizations not only provide private personal training on exercising safely and exercise first aid, but they also educate trainers on how to design and implement personalized exercise plans. Understanding how to motivating others is included in the NFPT's scope of practice. How cool is that?
The Right Balance
Like any sports coach or mentor, a personal trainer should inspire you. They should look and have the fitness level of the person that you may want to be. When you couple that with the right fitness knowledge, know-how, and motivational skills, you have a magical combination. A combination that just might help you to achieve your fitness goals.