It could be assumed that someone new to the gym might not know entirely what it is they are looking for when they are choosing the Personal Trainer who will be right for them.
Many decisions will be made on an emotional level – i.e. which trainer is the most friendly/approachable.
Some decisions might be made on a more shallow level – i.e. which trainer looks the way that they would like to look themselves from an aesthetics angle.
But this might not necessarily serve you best when seeking a PT, so here are a few things to consider.
How much are you willing to spend – before starting the conversation with the trainer themselves, have an idea in your head about how much you would actually be willing to spend on this. It is important to consider that the trainers are experienced professionals with a wealth of knowledge and will often charge appropriately in accordance to that. Having a ballpark figure in your head will help you feel more in control when you approach the conversation in the gym.
References – ask the trainer if they have any previous clients who might be open to a conversation. Through speaking to clients who have already worked with the PT you’ll get a good sense of both the credibility of the trainer and also the approach that they take.
Take your time – when in conversation with a personal trainer in the gym, don’t get carried away and sign up straight instantly. Go away and take some time to fully consider your decision so that the sign-up doesn’t feel like a rash waste of money. This should also ensure that you are actually fully committed to the process of working with that trainer too. Is this what you really want?
Availability/Convenience – is this trainer available at times which actually work for you? For the training to work, it will have to be consistent and regular and if you and the trainer are at constant loggerheads trying to find a time that works, it could make the process a lot harder.
Try not to choose based on the ‘look’ of the trainer – just because someone keeps themselves in a shape that looks “ideal” to you, does not mean that they will be able to help you achieve the same. Your body and your lifestyle will differ to such a huge extent that it would be silly to assume you will look like the trainer should you choose to train with them. The same can be said for trainers who are not kept in ‘good shape’ – they have chosen to not keep themselves bulky/shredded/your ‘ideal’ but this does not mean that they do not have the knowledge to help you achieve your goals.
Ask what qualifications they hold – operating as a ‘Personal Trainer’ in the UK is largely unregulated. In the UK you would be looking for a L2 (ideally L3 diploma) with evidence that the trainer has completed further education in addition to this on an ongoing basis.
Take your time. Congratulate yourself on choosing to invest in your future self. Hiring a personal trainer is likely to be life-changing and challenging if you allow it to be, so being considered in your choice is very worthwhile.