3 Questions About Personal Trainers Answered

Alright, you know you’ve thought about it. You know you’ve asked a friend. You know you googled it. “Should I get a personal trainer?”

This is a question people struggle with regularly. You’re either in a rut with your own workouts, not getting the results you expected, or just flat out have no idea what you’re doing. We’ve all been there. What’s holding you back?

As a guy who’s been in the health and fitness field pretty much all of my life (high school and collegiate sports, gym memberships, etc.) and a personal trainer for more than two years, I’ve compiled some common concerns I’ve heard when it comes to personal training.

“Isn’t it expensive?”

This is everybody’s first response when I consult them on whether or not they should be working with a personal trainer. Believe me, I understand. You have to look at whether or not having a trainer is in your budget. If it isn’t, maybe look for some things you can cut back on. Maybe it’s cutting back on how much fast food you eat during the week or how many times you go out with friends the weekend. Whatever it is, make sure you don’t just brush-off getting your health back on track because of the cost.

Personal training rates will vary by the club or gym you join, too. Make sure that you are doing your research on the trainer’s credentials as well as the club or gym’s credentials. If you’re making the investment, you want to make sure that it’s going towards someone and some place that knows what they’re doing.

“How do I find the right trainer?”

People who ask this are usually nervous about working with a stereotypical “meathead”, who only cares about looking awesome in tight-fitting clothes and boasting about how much they can bench press. I’ve met people who fit this exact description, but not all personal trainers are this way! Again, it’s going to come down to you and the research you do to find a personal trainer who takes a professional and medical approach to fitness. In fact, gyms and clubs such as Wildwood Athletic Club only allow trainers with college degrees to train there.

Personal trainers with an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist), and ACE (American Council on Exercise) are all credible certifications within the field and some of the gyms and clubs around the area will only hire trainers with these certifications. Gyms/clubs with MFA (Medical Fitness Association) certifications are held in vary high regards as the club and the employees have to go through rigorous testing and processes in order to receive the certification.

“Will a trainer really help me find the best workout?”

It’s so easy to fall into a rut when you are consistently working out and staying active. Working with a personal trainer is a great way to get some fresh ideas and add some variety to your workouts. As personal trainers, we are constantly bombarded with the newest and best ways to workout (or so they say). It’s the good ones who can sort through all the garbage and hone in on what works best for that specific person. Everybody is different and there is no “one-size fits all” workout. Let a personal trainer help you find out what works best for you!

Would you consider a personal trainer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Graham MillerGraham Miller is a personal trainer at ProMedica Wildwood Athletic Club where he works with members to achieve their personal or athletic goals, improve their fitness or lose weight.