Finding the right gym, the right class, and the right trainer can be so exciting and yet a pretty overwhelming process. But finding a personal trainer can be so beneficial in taking and accomplishing your goals on an entirely new level of success. There's no shame in asking for help and admitting that you haven't been able to make the changes you want on your own up to this point and having someone there to challenge you and hold you accountable may just be the gentle push you need. Take a few deep breaths and follow these five steps for an easier, less stressful, guide to finding the right fit for you!
Set A Budget
Figure out beforehand exactly how much you can afford per month. If you previously had a membership with a big gym, you’ll need to reset your mindset. Those big-time gyms can afford to have insanely low monthly payments but remember, you left for a reason! You’re investing in your health and your future so if that means cutting back on your monthly going out expenses and increasing your monthly training expenses, then do it to it baby. But knowing your budget ahead of time will allow you to zone in on your different options at each place much faster.
Start your search with locally owned gyms in your city. If you don’t live in the same area that you work at, and plan on scheduling your workouts after work, start the search closer to work if you deal with rush hour. The last thing you want to deal with is stressing out to make it to your training sesh in time. Sounds silly but some of us had to learn that lesson the hard way!
Small Groups VS One On One
Almost all gyms offer a variety of packages and options. If it’s been a hot minute since you’ve worked out, you’ll probably want to start with one-on-one training. It’s the most expensive of options but you’re receiving the trainer’s full attention to make sure you’re locking down proper form, not injuring yourself, and they're dedicating some serious time to ensure you're reaching your goals.
One of my favorite options are the small groups. It’s different than your usual bootcamp or large class style where there’s generally 10 to 20+ people. Try and find a small group class that has 10 members or less in it so that your workouts are more in sync with your own personal goals. It’s a win-win for me because I’m getting a personalized workout in a team environment at an affordable price while still meeting the goals I set with my trainer! In the end, go with the option that fits your budget. If that means less sessions a week, ask your trainer what you can do on your own on the days you don't see them. Don't ever be afraid to communicate because they want to see you succeed as much, sometimes more, than you do!
Check It Out
You can obtain nearly all the info on pricing and scheduling over the phone but before committing to anything stop by the studio, take a tour, and meet your potential trainer. If they offer some sort free class pass, take advantage, and give a try to see if it’s a place or person you groove with! Each trainer has their own unique style and you’ll learn quickly what you do and do not like. Check out the gym's Facebook and Instagram pages while you’re at it. It’s easy to get a pretty good feel for the vibe they're going for through social media, what kind of specialities or clientele that they generally work with, and their overall mission as a company. And make sure to ask what qualifications they have. Some gyms can be more lenient than others so go with one that has their credentials in place.
Go With Your Gut
Ultimately pick the place and trainer that you feel most comfortable with. You might feel a little vulnerable, uncomfortable, and unsure when you first start because you’re pushing your body to do something you’ve probably never done before. You want to make sure the place and trainer you choose motivates and supports you as you work on reaching your goals. You want someone who’s going to be there to motivate you when you can’t seem to push yourself and be there to high-five you when you’ve kicked some serious ass! Find someone who makes you feel comfortable while you're uncomfortable.
Training doesn't have to be all about booty gains and chiseled abs. Set the goals that are most realistic for you and your body, and choose someone who respects that. Don't feel intimidated and don't you dare compare yourself to the babe who's been working out there for the past year and a half. You'll get there on your own time, through your own journey, love! And having the right support system behind you is so key to that success. You got this, boo. xx