Back in December, the girls in my running group got together for a dinner out and a goal setting session. Each of us had the opportunity to share one of our goals for 2016 and possibly beyond. Dedicating time to strength training is my biggest goal for 2016. It may come as a surprise that someone that is stuck like glue to their training plan would have trouble working on body strength. I am here to tell you that I struggle to make myself do the work necessary to improve hip, core and upper body strength. Even if it is on my plan, I seem to shortchange that area on many days. It never seemed particularly important to me, but after my recent injury, it became crystal clear that in order to run more marathons, my body needed a strength tuneup.
So I made the choice to spend money and hire a trainer who would get me in shape. It was pretty easy for me to find someone based on a recommendation from my coach but I do think there are some basic questions to ask when you consider this option such as:
1. How long have you been a personal trainer?
2. What type of certification(s) do you have?
3. What is the charge and can I do a split session with a friend?
4. How does his/her schedule mesh with yours?
5. Personality is another key ingredient. This is not a question, but something you can gauge with a meeting.
6. Do you like the feel of the gym/workout place?
7. Is the location in close proximity to your workplace or home?
Once you choose a trainer, be sure to get to the gym/workout area at least 10-15 minutes early for your first visit. There are waivers to sign and the paperwork involved takes a few minutes. Plus, you don't want to waste your training time. Your trainer will likely do a preliminary assessment to determine your baseline fitness, identify specific fitness goals and things that motivate you. Be candid about why you are there and what you need/want to accomplish.
A little plug here for Christine who is in the middle of certification for personal training. She will be available to train you in just a few months once she passes her certification test. I plan to have her help me on our next visit!
Have you ever worked with a personal trainer? Any tips on how to choose a trainer?