|Ask Trainer Tom: Should I Hire a Personal Trainer?|
Dear Trainer Tom: What are the benefits, if any, of using a personal trainer, and do I need to get one?
-RG, Pompano Beach, Florida.
At the risk of shooting myself in the foot, I must admit that no one really needs a personal trainer, at least not like one needs air and water. Yet, a qualified and experienced CFT can prove to be a real asset when it comes to helping you get your training regime on track.
Some guys with busy schedules and
demanding jobs hire a personal trainer because they want a skilled
professional to guide them, push them and make them accountable to
correctly follow a regular exercise program. Others hire a trainer
for a specified period of time to help them learn new exercises and
routines thereby giving a boost to their existing regime. I have
several clients who visit me once a week or so to work on a
particular area or muscle group (especially legs) where they need a
little extra push .
If youíre in the market for a personal trainer, the best way to start is through a word-of-mouth referral from someone who has used a particular trainer to help them achieve tangible results. Also, searching the internet is invaluable and it allows you to check credentials and view testimonials. If you are already working out in a commercial gym, another avenue to find a potential trainer is simply watching one at work with a client. Is the trainer completely attentive to his client? Does he keep notes, check form, and push the client in a positive, up-beat manner? A trainer who talks on the phone, texts, or spends time talking about himself is not worth your time or money. Tip: a great set of pecs and glutes does not necessarily make one a great trainer. You also do not want a trainer who is overweight or lights up a cigarette after your session.
Always make sure your trainer has a valid certification (A.C.E., I.S.S.A., etc.) and liability insurance. Ask for referrals and check on his flexibility in scheduling so you can fit your sessions into both your schedules. Most trainers offer a free intake so the both of you can make sure you have a good chemistry. If you are going to benefit from using a trainer, you must be responsible, prompt and open to constructive criticism and the valuable knowledge your trainer shares with you.
Tom Bonanti is a Licensed Massage Therapist( MA40288), Personal Trainer( ISSA Certified), and owner of Pumpín Inc Gym in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Trainer Tom welcomes your questions and he can be contacted at TrainerTomB@aol.com.