How to Choose the Personal Trainer Who’ll Help You Achieve Your Goals

Finding good personal trainers is all well and good—but once you find a few good options, how do you choose the one that’s the best fit for you?

You could try working with each and seeing whose approach you like best. But that’s time-consuming, inconvenient, and costly.

So in this post, we’ll help you choose between trainers once you’ve identified two or more good options. We’ll also introduce you to a few different ways you can use the Bright App to filter through various personal trainers.

Start with Your Goals

Just about every fitness-related decision you make ultimately must tie back to your goals. And it’s not different when you’re choosing a trainer. While you may need some help from a trainer to get specific about your goals, you can at least start with an idea of what you’d like to accomplish. 

For example, let’s say your goal is to lose weight and keep it off. You might find a trainer who has the skill set to craft and execute a plan that will help you lose weight very quickly. But losing weight and keeping it off are two very different challenges. 

Anyone can lose some weight by committing for a few months. But keeping it off requires real, lasting adjustments to your habits and behaviors.  If your trainer can help you lose weight but doesn’t know how to motivate you and hold you accountable over the long term, they’re probably not a great fit. 

Drill Down into Each Personal Trainer’s 4 Key Qualities

With your goals in mind, you can start to drill down into your trainers’ qualities. In a previous post on finding a personal trainer, we describe these four key qualities, which are: 

  1. Expertise and experience
  2. Personal approach/style
  3. Professionalism
  4. Convenience

As you’re weighing your choice of trainer, it’ll be useful to evaluate each trainer based on these criteria. If you’re really torn between trainers, it may help to list the pros and cons of each trainer as they relate to these four key qualities.

For example, let’s say you’ve met one trainer who has very deep expertise and extensive experience and another trainer who’s not as experienced but whose personal approach you find very motivating. While an experienced trainer may be able to provide better advice, a good trainer doesn’t just impart knowledge—they also motivate and hold you accountable. 

So in this case, even though the second trainer is less experienced, they may be better equipped to actually get you up off the couch in pursuit of your goals.

Browse Specializations, Certifications and Trainer Bios

One way you can get a handle on the four key qualities outlined above is to look out for specialization, certifications, and to read up on your trainers’ backgrounds. 

You can sometimes find this information by doing an online search of your trainer’s name, but not always. This is actually one of many things The Bright App helps with when you’re choosing a trainer. For example, in the screenshot below you can see how you can browse trainers’ backgrounds, certifications, and specializations.

personal trainer profile screenshot

Choose the Right Personal Trainer Today on the Bright App

As you can see, the Bright App was designed to make it easy for you to find, choose, and work with high-quality fitness trainers. You can download it for free on the App Store or the Google Play Store and compare trainers today. 

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