5 questions to ask before hiring a trainer
If you’re going to pay someone to kick your butt, it better be worth it. You want to make sure you hire someone with the right skills to help you reach your goals (and someone with a personality that makes you want to get out of bed for those early-morning bootcamp sessions!).
1. “What do I want to achieve?”
Are you trying to lose weight or train for a marathon? Understanding your goals will go a long way toward finding the right trainer. “If, for example, you have knees that don’t function the way they should and you want to work on those and get fit at the same time, you might look for someone with a physiotherapy or kinetics background. If you’re looking for fat loss or weight loss, you might look for someone with a background in nutrition,” says personal trainer and coach Tracy Steen, owner of Move Daily Fitness in Kelowna, B.C.
2. “What experience do you have helping people achieve similar goals?”
“You want someone who understands what your struggles are,” says Samantha MontpetitHuynh, a Toronto-based personal trainer and co-owner of Bellies. “A 25-year-old man who mainly works with other men might be a great trainer, but if you’re a perimenopausal woman struggling with pelvic floor issues, he might not be the best fit.”
3. “Can you provide references?”
People feel weird asking for testimonials, says Montpetit-Huynh, but no one can vouch for a trainer’s awesomeness as well as clients. If you were investing time and money in anything else, you’d ask for references, so do it for this, too.
4. “What will a training session look like?”
Before you sign on the dotted line, ask this question: Will you be doing non-stop burpees while your PT barks orders from the sidelines? Or will she sweat it out beside you, oering encouragement and motivation? “If it’s not the direction you want to go, look for someone else,” says Steen.
5. “Can we meet over coee?”
You wouldn’t marry a man you’ve never met, yet Steen is boggled by the number of women who sign up for trainers sight unseen, cross their fingers and hope for the best. “Meet with them, and get a vibe on how you interact and connect,” says Steen.