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What to look for in a personal trainer

What to look for in a personal trainer

Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle or just get fit; everyone needs to exercise. The problem comes in when you are faced with the task of going to the gym, or buying a home gym, and you lack the motivation and know-how to actually use your membership or equipment. The solution for many people is finding a personal trainer, BUT how do you know that the trainer you find is the right one for you?

We have put together a list of things to look for in your personal trainer that will help you decide if the muscle-bound guy or super-toned girl tasked with YOUR wellbeing is the right person for you.

Your trainer needs to have a vast knowledge of anatomy, physiology with a touch of empathy. A screaming banshee is not right for some while other may need the extra push and enjoy a militia-like personality. However, a big voice or a soft disposition wont get you into shape, only the right mix of exercises and motivation will get you fit and keep you coming back.

1: Core

Your core is NOT your abs. Your core is made up of deep-seated, slow twitch muscles that need focus and attention. If you want to work your core properly you need to know what you are doing. Unfortunately not all trainers understand this, and we advise you to make sure your trainer is well versed in the art of core training.

2: Flexibility

Flexibility is key to proper training and avoiding injury. Lifting weights shortens your muscles which can cause an array of problems if they are not stretched properly. A good knowledge of anatomy and technique is vital to implement a proper flexibility programme, and is extremely important when you venture into a weight regime.

3: Cardio

Some love it, others hate it, but it needs to be done. The problem comes in when your cardio programme is not implemented properly, and causes muscle loss rather than fat loss. High Intensity Interval training is the ideal form of cardio, done in moderation.

4: Resistance training

Resistance training is one of the most important components of exercise when you are trying to improve aesthetics for both men and women. More lean muscle mass means a higher resting aerobic rate, which mean you burn more calories during the day when you aren’t exercising. A resistance programme must be tailored especially for you, depending on many factors such as age, current fitness levels, fat percentage, body type and more. A good trainer will do a proper assessment before shoving you on a weight machine or forcing you to bench press half your body weight.

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