This is a good thing, because the key word in Personal Training is “personal”. In other words, the approach that works best with one client may not be suitable for another. This applies to everything from choice of activities, selection of exercises, location, equipment and especially the the trainer’s style and personality.
So when choosing your Personal Trainer, there are many things to consider. Some examples follow:
What are your goals, and is the trainer experienced in that area?
I would say if you have specific sports related training in mind, you need to to find a trainer who specialises in that area. You probably would not hire a weight loss specialist to improve your cricket skills, for example. If your goal is weight loss it might be a sensible idea to find a trainer who has overcome their own weight problem in the past, or at least one who has successfully coached others to successfully managing their weight.
What limitations or restrictions will your trainer need to accommodate?
This could pertain to physical limitations due to injury or impairment which the trainer may be required to address through corrective exercises, or which may limit the range of exercises that you are able to perform. Alternatively this could relate to personal or lifestyle issues. For example, if you are a vegan or vegetarian, the last thing you want to do is hire a trainer who will insist that “you have to eat some meat” like a few that I hired (very briefly) in the past! A good trainer needs to be able to come up with the best program for each client based on their individual needs.
Location, location, location!
This one could refer to training in a gym (where you would be required to pay membership or casual fees as well as the personal trainer’s fee), training in a private studio, or even training outdoors. You may have a strong preference towards one of these options over the other two. In my opinion it is worth travelling an extra 5 or 10 minutes to work with the trainer best suited to your needs, but consider if that extra distance will lead to missing training due to inconvenience.
Cost, and value for money.
Cost and value for money might not necessarily mean the same thing! One trainer might charge a little less than another, but this may be because their facilities are insufficient, or they do not deliver the same level of results. On the other hand, I personally keep my prices as low as possible to encourage clients to train more often and for longer, which in my opinion is the key to getting optimal results.
Also consider what value is added to the session. Is it just “get ’em in, get ’em out” or does the trainer take the time to address your concerns, advise you on nutritional and other matters? Is the program custom tailored to your needs, or is it just a generic routine that they give all of their clients?
Don’t decide based on price alone. More expensive might not necessarily mean better, less expensive might not mean not as good. But then again, it might!
This should give you some idea of what to consider when you start to search for your Personal Trainer. Best of luck to you!