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4 Questions to Ask a Personal Trainer


4 Questions to Ask a Personal Trainer

If this is your year to smash your fitness goals, a personal trainer can help keep you on track. But how do you choose the best trainer for you? And what should you ask your trainer before a session?
Your gym might offer a free PT session, which is a way for you to sample a trainer and the equipment before buying a personal training package. So why not use that time to ask your burning fitness questions?

Here are 4 questions to ask a personal trainer:

Ask a personal trainer: What’s your fitness philosophy?

Personal trainers enter the field for all sorts of reasons, and from all kinds of backgrounds. And that means your personal trainer will likely have his or her own fitness philosophy. Asking this question will help you understand your trainer’s goals – and what they’re likely to focus on in your sessions. For instance, some might focus on health and wellness. Another might be all about body confidence. While another trainer might be all about power and strength. You’ll want to team up with a trainer whose philosophy gels with your goals.

Ask a personal trainer: Are you qualified and registered?

In Australia, anyone can call themselves a personal trainer. So you’ll want to check your prospective trainer’s qualifications before signing on the dotted line. The minimum qualification is a Certification IV in Fitness, while a Diploma of Fitness covers more ground.
You can also ask if they’re registered with a fitness industry association, like Physical Activity Australia. While trainers don’t need to be accredited, it can help you narrow down your choices – and choose a trainer who is involved in the industry, and abides by certain codes of conduct. 

Ask a personal trainer: Are you insured?

No-one likes to think things will go wrong in a training session, but it’s worth checking your personal trainer is insured. They should have public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
Ask a personal trainer: How long will it take to reach my goals?
We all approach fitness with different goals in mind. Your trainer should take the time to understand yours – and then devise a plan that works towards those goals. They should also assess you at regular intervals, so you can track your progress and adjust your goals as you train.
In case they don’t mention it, you’ll want to know how long it might take to get there: whether it’s reaching a goal weight, lifting a certain amount of weight, or improving your other health and fitness numbers.  This can help you stay mentally fit, while you work on being physically fit.
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