What You Need-to-Know About Personal Training
What Takes Place During a Consultation?
The consultation is probably the most important part of getting the right personal trainer for you. By now you should have found some possible candidates to be your personal trainer. A consultation is required before exercising with a personal trainer as it lets the trainer know your health and physical activity history as well as lets you learn all about how the trainer operates.
Consultations vary from trainer to trainer. While most trainers avoid any physical activity during the consultation, it is advisable to dress in workout gear as you will likely have your body fat percentage measured and sometimes will perform various movement assessments. Topics for personal training consultations usually include everything from your personal history such as where you grew up to your current job to what hobbies you do in your spare time. For the most part it is your time for you to get to know the trainer as well as you can.
Filling out Paperwork
Your trainer will first either provide you with a few forms to fill out, most likely including a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) and health/ exercise history forms or ask you questions from a form which he/she will fill out.
Conversation About Experience, Goals & Expectations
During the bulk of your will simply talk with the personal trainer about everything from your diet, to your training to your lifestyle, and anything else which arises. Be prepared to try talk about your diet and dietary supplements as well. Most personal trainers try to keep conversations focused during the consultation but they often are informal and off-topic.
Body Fat, Circumference & Other Pertinent Measurements
If you have goals related to your body composition your personal trainer may want to get quantitative measurements out of the way during the consultation. You will most likely receive either a skin fold body fat measurement or a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA).
Setting Up Appointments for Training Sessions
If you hit it off with the trainer during the consultation and know 100% that this is the personal trainer you want to train with, the personal trainer will work with your schedule to book training sessions.
Questions to Ask at Personal Training Consultations
The personal training consultation should not be about how much a personal trainer can talk, but how they can listen to the client. You probably know enough about the trainer’s expertise through their advertisement and/or website so learn more about what you will actually be doing for the next X number of personal training sessions. Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions and make sure to right down the trainer’s answers.
- Will You be my personal trainer?
- Where will all training sessions take place?
- Have you had experience with people like me?
- What kind of exercises will we be doing?
- How many sessions per week do you recommend for my goals?
- Do you offer nutrition and dietary advice?
- Do you recommend any dietary supplements?
- How and when will you monitor my progress?
- Do you offer any online services?
- By what methods and when can I contact you?
- What is your cancellation policy?
- What is your refund policy?