This time it's personal
We're bringing sexy backs back
Join personal trainer Simon Anderson as he shows you how to start exercising your back, a great way to begin an exercise regime.
Physical exercise is a very personal experience. You are the only person who feels the sweat and tears of your efforts; efforts that are frequently made wearing fewer clothes than you generally would in public, and in an unfamiliar environment sometimes surrounded by chiselled physiques. So, if you're choosing a personal trainer, it makes sense that the person you commission to steer you through this potentially delicate journey should be someone you feel comfortable with.
Some personal trainers can become desensitised to just how confronting the prospect of exercising in front of strangers can be, so here are a few tips to make sure you pick a trainer who will look after you.
Look for a trainer who is experienced in the type of exercise you want to do, and in training people of your age and fitness level. Don't be shy to ask other clients or gym staff about your potential trainer's skills.
Selecting a good personal trainer requires more than simply leafing through the Yellow Pages.
Don't get too hung up on gender - there are far more important issues than whether or not your trainer is a boy or a girl.
Importantly, though, you need to get a good energy from a trainer when you first meet them. He or she should be polite, appropriately dressed, informed and focused exclusively on you and you only. If they start talking to you about what's going on in their world or taking mobile phone calls while you're training, then it's time to move on.
The whole philosophy of personal training is that the workouts should be designed for you and your body. The more questions your trainer asks about you, the more likely he or she will be able to be prescriptive in their training regimen. Ask some of their existing clients if the trainer routinely goes to great lengths to understand their clients' needs and issues.
Most trainers charge per session, and usually offer a discount for 10 or 20 prepaid sessions. Before you commit, offer to buy three sessions at full price, with a view to upgrading and paying the balance for 10 or 20 sessions, if you're both happy.
Which brings me to a sensitive point: I have sacked clients in the past because they have continually rescheduled or cancelled appointments, or ignored my advice and then complained about a lack of progress, so be prepared to commit to your side of the bargain, too.
The relationship with your trainer is unique (I know - I have one myself) and it should be based on mutual respect and an understanding that we're all busy, and want the best for each other. That quality of relationship delivers the best results.
A lot of personal trainers are also group fitness instructors. If you're considering talking to an instructor about being your PT, you'll get a good understanding of their skills - such as communication, empathy and knowledge - in a class environment. Do a few of their classes to get a feel for their style and professionalism to help you make the right decision. Whomever you engage, though, be sure to check their industry accreditation and insurance status.
From: Sunday Life