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How to Choose a Personal Trainer

You’re ready to get fit – or take your health up a notch. “A personal trainer, that’s what I need!” you say to yourself. Question is – how do you go about finding the right one for you, especially if you don’t already go to a gym?
Down that protein shake and check out our tips on how to choose a personal trainer to get your fitness on track: 

Check their qualifications

In Australia, anyone can don a sports singlet and call themselves a personal trainer. So you definitely want to check your PT is qualified before signing up for a session.
There are two qualifications they might have: a Certificate IV in Fitness, or a Diploma of Fitness.
Beyond that, check they’re registered with a peak body like Physical Activity Australia or Fitness Australia. It’s not a legal or industry requirement for PTs to register, but it can provide peace of mind that your trainer is up to scratch, knows first aid, and upholds a code of ethics.

Ask about insurance

It’s super important to check your PT has public liability and professional indemnity insurance. This protects you in case things go wrong. Hey, even a wayward skipping rope can cause damage!

Find the right match

Seeing as ‘personal’ is in their job title, you want to partner with a PT whose personality works for you. You might prefer someone who’s stern and direct, or a little more playful and positive.
If you take up a free initial session with a PT, use this time to suss them out. See if they push the right buttons, and leave you feeling inspired and ready for action. They should also appear excited to work with you – and help you reach your fitness goals. If they don’t, it’s OK to try out someone else.
Now you know what to look for in a PT, it’s time to hire one! And you can find personal trainers right here on ntpages.

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