A personal trainer is a great way to get a custom workout you'll enjoy, but you need to find someone you actually like working with. Health blog Greatist suggests that you ask yourself a few important questions to ensure you'll develop a healthy relationship with your trainer.
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A personal trainer is going to work very closely with you. They'll push you toward goals, create a health plan with you, and you'll spend a lot of time with them. Subsequently, you need to treat finding the trainer with the same sort of care you use when you're developing any other kind of personal relationship. Greatist suggests you ask yourself a few key questions:
- Does your trainer make each session about you, or is s/he busy talking about her/himself?
- Do you and your trainer collaboratively work on your goal setting, or does the trainer tell you what your goals should be?
- Do you feel validated, heard, listened to and understood?
- Does your trainer show up in a timely way?
- Do you feel comfortable with the gender of your trainer and the professional boundaries that are set? Trainers touch, work closely, and get to see you in what are, quite frankly, awkward poses and movements. For some, having a trainer of the opposite sex may lead to discomfort.
When you're paying someone to help you develop a solid workout, you're likely already on edge a bit trying to find someone who can meet your needs. The above questions should help make that process a bit easier.
Why and How to Trust Your Personal Trainer [Greatist]