Are you thinking about getting a personal trainer? There are some things you need to know first! Personal trainers are incredibly popular right now because everyone wants a fit, athletic body. But not everyone knows how to get one on their own. Which is where trainers come into play.
You probably know a few people who’ve thrown down a great deal of money on their very own personal trainer. Personal trainers can be great, but there are some things you need to know about them before you decide to get one yourself. Here are nine secrets your personal trainer probably would never tell you:
They Aren’t Diet Experts
Personal trainers are just that, personal trainers. They’re certified fitness experts who’ve been taught how to assess people’s fitness needs and instruct them on how to effectively and safely reach their goals.
They are not nutritionists. Sure, a personal trainer might have some tips on what you should and shouldn’t eat. But at the end of the day, they aren’t diet experts. Don’t expect your personal trainer to give you all the answers to your diet questions.
Not All Of Them Are Certified
Not every personal trainer is on the same level. What I mean is, not all of them have the qualifications you might want in a trainer. Some personal trainers simply get the job because they took a few classes and look physically fit. Be honest, if you saw a muscley man claiming he’s a personal trainer would you question him? Probably not…because he looks the part. Don’t fall for someone’s looks. Make sure you ask for their resume before you hire them. Ask your potential trainer what certifications and/or education he or she has completed. Some of the more common certifications:
- ACE (American Council on Exercise)
- ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)
- ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association)
- NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
- NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
There Are Cheaper Options
Personal trainers cost a lot of money. But there are ways to get a little bit more bang for your buck. Instead of working out alone, get a few friends together and go in on a group trainer.
The cost will be cheaper because there will be more people involved. Everything is cheaper when you’re not doing it alone. Add to that the motivation factor that comes with working out within a group.