Your health is an investment, not an expense.
"I've tried a lot of personal trainers, but Ryan is on another level. What I liked about Ryan was his enthusiasm and his knowledge in both training techniques and diet. With him I lost a total of over 20 kilos (over 3 stone) and that includes the muscle mass I gained. My waistline went from 114cm (45 inches) to 88.7 cm (35 inches). It has made a tremendous impact on my life. I no longer have back pain, I feel more confident, and just feel so much healthier."*
"I was curious as to how we'd workout while not in a gym, or even in the same room together. Workouts were intense and I definitely felt them the next day. My stomach isn't bloated, and my clothes fit more comfortably. I lost 3kg, 3cm off my waist and hips and 2cm off my thighs. Ryan is different from other personal trainers I've worked with."*
You and I both know that there are hundreds of Personal Trainers in Brighton to choose from and choosing the right one can be quite daunting if you've never had a Personal Trainer before; you are about to invest your hard earned cash and your precious time and effort so this decision is not to be taken lightly!
Unfortunately there is a lot of dead wood in the fitness industry as a whole and Brighton is no exception so to help you get the most out of your money and avoid any disappointment down the line, I've listed 6 major points to consider when choosing a Personal Trainer:
1. Is the Trainer fully qualified?
Anyone can set themselves up and call themselves a Personal Trainer in the UK, after completing only a weekend course or even an online course for £19 from GROUPON! So it is vital that you check that they have a qualification from a reputable training provider. Here are some of the well respected and industry recognised qualifications in the UK; CYMCA or CYQ, Premier Training International, Focus Training, Future Fit, Drummond Education. In the USA the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM),
2. Is the Trainer fully certified?
Is the Personal Trainer a member of the government backed Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) or the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPs) which was set up to monitor and regulate the fitness industry? If so, make sure they are at least at Level 4 on the Register anything less and you've got yourself a glorified Gym Instructor. Level 4 Trainers have invested into further education above and beyond their entry level Personal Trainer qualification which shows that the Personal Trainer takes their education, their business AND YOUR RESULTS seriously.
3. Is the Trainer insured?
For your safety and to be a member of REPs/EREPs the Personal Trainer must have valid Public Liability Insurance.
4. Is the Trainer experienced?
This is a big one! Make sure that the Personal Trainer has an excellent track record, this is usually evident through word of mouth recommendations and client's testimonials. If in doubt, ask the Personal Trainer if you can speak to several of their clients to get their feedback before you sign up. They won't mind at all if they have nothing to hide! In my opinion, having recruited dozens of Personal Trainers over the years in Berkshire, Hampshire and London and working with clients since 2004, it takes at least 5 years for a Personal Trainer to gather a suitable amount of further education and experience working with clients.
5. Is the Trainer reliable?
You could find the most knowledgeable and experienced Personal Trainer in the world but if they turn up late for every session, cancel on you at the last minute or worse still don't even show up, don't bother replying to your txts, calls or emails for days, then you are not going to get the results you deserve. And yes, there are plenty of Personal Trainers out there like this, I have had the misfortune of crossing paths with many of them as part of my Personal Trainer recruitment process. The problem is, is that a lot of Personal Trainers operate their businesses as more of a hobby or only do Personal Training part time and work another job and don't take their business seriously enough which results in slow or disappointing progress for their clients. Their clients may blame themselves for the lack of progress when in fact it was the outdated and misguided advice and lack of commitment on the Personal Trainer's part that was responsible. My team of Trainers have all been vetted for not only their qualifications and experience but also for their reliability and commitment to their businesses and to their clients.
6. Don't buy on price alone!
This is a biggie! When it comes to choosing a Personal Trainer, it is unwise to make your decision based on the cheapest one you can find. Choosing a Personal Trainer isn't like choosing car insurance where you can get away with selecting the cheapest one in the hope that you won't need to make a claim. It's also for example not like buying a specific brand and model of TV, where you can search for the cheapest seller and still get the exact same product.
Your Personal Trainer will charge a fee that they feel they are worthy of. This will generally be down to their level of education and the amount of experience they have. At the end of the day you want the best results in the shortest possible time so be wary of the "cheaper ones", for the sake of saving £5 or £10 per session, as you may end up spending more money in the long run due to slow (or no) progress, or even worse an injury from an incompetent Personal Trainer. In the fitness industry, you definitely get what you pay for and the saying,
"Half the price, pay twice!"
definitely applies here. However, there will be exceptions' to this rule therefore it is definitely worth checking out the Personal Trainer's experience as mentioned in Tip No. 4.