Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What makes Personal Training good value for money?

This is a good question that I think is probably on the minds of anyone considering hiring a Personal Trainer or joining a Group Fitness progam. Different trainers have different approaches, different facilities and equipment available, and widely varying pricing.

So lets look at value for money in Personal Training; and how to know that you're getting it.

#1 Are you getting results?

This point covers a few areas. Is the program suited to your goals and level of ability? If the program is too hard / advanced, or too easy / not challenging enough you will probably not see great results. A good trainer should be able to create a program suited to your individual needs. Regardless of how much or how little you pay, if the program is not tailored to produce the results you are not receiving good value for money.

#2 Are you enjoying yourself?

A trainer or a coach's job is to push you a little! Different people respond better to different sorts of encouragement, and the trainer's job is adjust to your personality and find the right way to help you to perform at a higher level than you might have thought you were capable of. So, the trainer is there to make you work hard! With that being said, the experience should be enjoyable and leave you eagerly looking forward to the next session. If you're not having any fun, you're not going to feel quite so good about parting with your hard earned money.

#3 What is your trainer's goal?

This is a big one. I like to think that most people working in this industry are genuinely interested in helping people to improve their health, look and feel better and be happier. I believe this is true, but how can you tell? In my opinion this comes down to one word; "homework". If your trainer gives you exercises, programs or activities to continue with between sessions, you'll know his (or her) motivation is to see you achieve great results as quickly as possible, not just to keep you as a client for as long as possible.

#4 This one is up to you.

If you really want to be getting the most out of your program and therefore the best value for money possible, you need to stay active between sessions and make sure you eat right! Your trainer will point you in the right direction, but it's up to you to keep moving.