5 ques­tions to ask be­fore hir­ing a trainer

Best Health - - YOU -

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, ožer­ing en­cour­age­ment and mo­ti­va­tion? “If it’s not the di­rec­tion you want to go, look for some­one else,” says Steen.

5. “Can we meet over coee?”

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.

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