You’re looking to get in shape and heard about the benefits of having a certified personal trainer help you – great! – but, how you do find and hire the right one?

There are two main options.

And most importantly, a few really critical things to keep in mind to ask your potential trainer.

At a gym, or not at a gym? That is the question!

You can find a personal trainer at your local gym or there any many trainers who will come right to your home.

So how do you decide?

Benefits of training at a gym include:

  • Greater access to equipment,
  • Potential access to group fitness classes,
  • Usually access to a payment plan.

But, the downside of training at a gym is potentially:

  • Additional fees for a trainer, on top of your membership,
  • Busy environment,
  • Wait time for machines or equipment,
  • Set hours and availability,
  • Unhappy trainers,
  • Feeling uncomfortable or judged.

Almost always, you will have to be a member of the gym to train there. This means a monthly membership, often for a one year contract, in addition to paying for a trainer.

Being in a public environment, it may get busy especially at prime time (before and after work hours). Since you may have to wait for machines or equipment, you could even get behind on your program. Your session could be over before you can do everything they were planning, so you miss out.

Although, a strong trainer should be able to be adapt to find alternatives exercises if equipment was occupied.

You are also limited by the gym’s hours and availability. If you have an irregular schedule or like working out early morning, late night, or weekends, this may not be the best fit for you.

Often, large commercial gyms enforce quotas on their trainers to sell a certain amount of sessions or dollars. This can be frustrating for the trainers, and you could feel pushed as a client to buy more. Usually these trainers only get paid maybe 15-35% of what you pay for the training package, the rest going to the club, leaving trainers unhappy and unmotivated.

A personal trainer should be in the industry because of their passion for helping others live healthy active lives. But, they should also be fairly compensated for their experience and continuing education, and individual preparation they put into each client in and outside of the gym.

If you are new to working out, it is natural to feel a bit unsure of yourself and out of your element in a new environment. A good personal trainer will help put you at ease so you feel comfortable and help you to fit in by introducing the staff and maybe their other clients.

It is only human nature to notice others around you, and they also notice you. Depending on your confidence and personality, this may or may not mean much to you. However, if you are struggling with your weight and already feel uneasy in your own skin, then having an audience (not to mention the unofficial ‘fashion police’ evaluating your workout gear) probably won’t make you feel very good.

That being said, you have the convenience option to have a certified personal trainer come to you.

With mobile personal training, many people find the benefits greater than that of a gym and that they greatly outweigh any challenges.

Benefits of in home personal training

  • Distraction free training
  • Only the cost of training sessions
  • Save time and gas
  • Privacy and comfort
  • Option of training environments – inside, outdoors, or even at your office
  • Efficient workouts, more in less time
  • Less stress
  • Accountability

Possible challenges:

  • Less access to or variety of equipment
  • No excuses – you can’t skip a workout (but, that’s a good thing!)

At home, one-on-one personal training truly is one-on-one. Without distractions and other staff or members interrupting your workouts, you and your trainer can completely focus on your success.

With a mobile personal trainer, they bring the workout to you. Meaning, no upfront membership costs to join a club.

Often you can pre-pay for just a set number of sessions. Some trainers will offer a convenience monthly payment plan and even bonuses for staying committed, like the Trinity Training Wellness Incentives , which includes complimentary sessions and cash back for training more than once per week.

Exercising in the comfort of your own home, you don’t have to worry about having an audience or others judging you by your size, ability, or what you wear to workout.

If you like, and weather permits, often trainers can work with you outdoors so you can get some Vitamin D and fresh air while you exercise.

Since there will be no wait times for machines or equipment , you can get the most efficient workout possible, giving you more time for other things like work or family, and leisure time.

Your in home personal trainer comes to you, so there’s no traffic to fight or stress of potentially being late. No skipping a workout either, a reliable personal trainer will be there as scheduled. Meaning more accountability helping you stay focused.  And when you are accountable, you are more consistent. And consistency is the key to results.

You will be limited to only training with the equipment you have at home, or some trainers will bring portable equipment to use with you. However, an experienced and educated personal trainer will be able to give you a lot of different options for fun, challenging workouts even with limited equipment.

Under the guidance of a trainer, there are tons of great exercises you can do using just your own body weight and ‘found’ equipment, like a chair or the wall.

So you decided where, now who?

Regardless of your choice, you should feel comfortable to ask about your potential trainer’s education and experience to be sure they are qualified.

You want to look for someone who is certified by a reputable and recognized organization like canfitpro. In Canada, they should be listed on the Canadian Register of Exercise and Fitness Professionals, meaning they meet certain industry standards.

If you have any special conditions, be sure your trainer is educated and experienced working with other clients who’ve had the same concerns. A good trainer should also be able to provide references of past clients.

You should be able to meet with your trainer before committing to any training package. Make sure not only are they qualified, but also that your personalities also jive so not only do you get along but their motivation style will be a good fit for you.

If you’re ready to benefit from the convenience of in home personal training and looking to hire a personal trainer in Milton, Oakville, Burlington, Ottawa or the GTA, please contact me. You can book a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation to learn more.

As your mobile personal trainer, I’d love to bring the workout to you in your home or office, and help you reach your goals including pre and post natal exercise and weight loss.

With us, it’s more than just a workout™ and we are qualified and excited to help you in all aspects of the health trinity (wellness, nutrition, and fitness) with nutrition services, private yoga classes and more – just ask.