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  • Writer's pictureMeg Yvonne

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Hiring a Personal Trainer

Finding a personal trainer is easy peasy, but finding a great personal trainer? That’s where things can get tricky. When you’re looking to establish a relationship with a personal trainer (and let’s be honest, that’s what it is; you wouldn’t want anything less!) you have to be clear not only with yourself -- but also with your trainer -- about defining your expectations and asking the right questions.

Before signing a contract and moving forward with just any old personal trainer, be sure to ask these questions to save yourself not only from disappointment, but also from wasting your time and your money on a trainer that simply isn’t a good fit for you.

1) What are my goals?

Before doing anything, you have to be honest with yourself. Where do you see yourself in three months? Six months? Will you be big, strong, and swole? Or are you trying to lose weight and tone up? Knowing what you want from your trainer, and communicating that clearly to them, can help save you from any frustration that could arise from having undefined goals. Establishing a clearly defined plan will keep you on your path to achieving those goals. Once you have those goals in place, it's the trainers job to carefully design a program and get you there.

2) What are my limitations?

It’s great to be enthusiastic, but it’s important to know what you are capable of before launching yourself headfirst into a regimen that can leave you injured and sidelined. If you have bad knees, then you probably don’t want to be doing anything too intense until your body is ready for it. If you have weak and painful wrists, then maybe you should wait before trying handstands. Limitations aren’t just physical, either. Work schedules and daycare hours can also define when you can or cannot workout, so make sure you plan your training sessions during a period of time that doesn’t make you feel rushed or stressed.

3) What will a trainer do for me?

Above all else, you need a trainer who will work with you. You need a trainer who isn’t just going to whip you into shape, but will also act as a motivator and accountability partner. You need to make sure you trust your trainer and feel comfortable with them to make sure they’ll help you hit your fitness goals without injury.

Choosing a personal trainer can be a little bit daunting. We understand that, which is why we aim to make our clients feel safe and energized during our sessions. Having a personal trainer who’s on the same page as you can take a lot of the guesswork out of attaining your ideal physique. If you’re looking for a highly skilled, upbeat, and friendly personal trainer in the Charleston and Mount Pleasant area, reach out to us today and let us help you achieve your fitness and body goals!

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