Regardless of your physical goals, the first truth you have to recognize is that all bodies are different. The diets and exercises that work for your friend or partner may not work the same way for you. Fortunately, certified personal trainers can help you to evaluate your current habits and body type to help you achieve results that may have seemed unattainable in the past. To help you understand the important role that personal trainers play and the individual philosophies that set them apart, the Alluvit team has compiled a group of articles that aim to guide you through this complicated, personal choice and find the best match for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I see a personal trainer?
Depending on your goals, a 30 to 45 minute session with a personal trainer a minimum of 2 times per week. This should be sufficient to achieve the results you want. Every trainer has a different philosophy Your trainer may have a adjust this slightly, especially if you have injuries or other considerations. Our advice is to commit to a schedule that you know you can follow through on (and is within your budget), because staying in the routine and following through on the commitment is the most important part of the process in the beginning.
How much do personal trainers cost?
The certification level of a personal trainer, the workout facility, geography all affect pricing. The range for a 60 minute sessions from a certified personal trainer is $75 - $125. The range for a 30 minute session drops to $40 - $70. Here is a general breakdown of what you can expect to pay based on certification level and the quality of the training facility.
|Session Duration||ACM, NCSA, or ACE Certified||24 Hour Fitness||Gold's Gym||Anytime Fitness||No Gym Association|
|60 Minute||$75 - $125||$55 - $80||$30 - $60||$30 - $75||$25 - $50|
|30 Minute||$25 - $50||$25 - $40||$20 - $50||$30 - $50||$15 - $30|
What makes a personal trainer "worth it?"
Hiring a personal trainer is a complete game changer for anybody looking to transform their relationship with their body. Not only will a personal trainer be able to help you identify the exercises that work best for you, but they will help to keep you mentally motivated and committed to the process. In the end, a personal trainer can help you to build lifelong habits that will stick with you long after you stop working together.
How do I find a good personal trainer?
Finding the right personal trainer will usually start at your local gym. Talk to the staff about their on-site personal trainers and don't be shy about striking up a conversation with personal trainers that you see working with other clients once their session has finished. Using your local gym as a source of initial information will allow you to assess the styles of each personal trainer in real time and give you an opportunity to ask their clients about their own experience. Once you've identified a trainer you like, ask them about their certifications and what their specialties are. These questions will help you to assess their experience level and whether their methods align with your needs.
What do I bring to my first session with a personal trainer?
During your first personal training session, your trainer will want to assess your current physical condition. It will be intense and you will definitely sweat so make sure you bring a large water bottle and wear comfortabe, sweat-wicking clothing. If you have long hair, then it should be securely tied back and you should wear sports socks with your tennis shoes to prevent them from slipping down. Essentially, you wan to be comfortable and able to perform a whole series of movements without requiring wardrobe adjustments.
What does a personal trainer do?
A personal trainer helps a client to create a personalized training program designed to help them meet their individual goals. Although these programs are often limited to physical activities, some trainers may help clients to create nutritional programs as well. During sessions, a physical trainer will take a client through the program, ensuring that they perform each movement safely and correctly in order to maximize results and reduce the risk of serious injury. In addition to keeping clients committed to following through with their goals, a good personal trainer will be able to positively motivate their client and bring the best out of them.
What are the different types of personal trainers?
Personal trainers are all unique, so when you're choosing a personal trainer make sure that you understand their preferred methods and forms of motivation. Some personal trainers take a scientific approach to personal training, recording metrics and noting the slightest changes to help improve your performance every week, but this method can be suffocating for some people. Others may rely on cardio to keep you running towards your goals. You may also run into those that use negative reinforcement to push you to keep going. It works for some people, but it's not for everyone. This is why is is so important that you observe your personal trainer interacting with clients and ask them about their philosophy before committing to a program. They may be a great trainer, but if their methods don't align with yours, then the relationship is likely to fail along with your fitness goals.
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