How to Find a Good Personal Trainer (and How to Spot the Red Flags)

So you’ve made the smart decision to invest in your health and work with a personal trainer.

Only one problem: how do you find a good personal trainer? And how do you make sure you don’t get stuck wasting your time and money with someone unqualified?

Having opened and run two gyms, I can tell you that I’ve seen the good and the bad. And I can help you find the personal trainer you need to reach your goals.

How Do I Find a Good Personal Trainer? 4 Qualities Every Good Trainer Must Have

When you’re looking for a personal trainer, there are four qualities you want to look for from the start:.

  1. The right expertise and experience

Your trainer must have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your goals. So before you search for a trainer, start figuring out what you want for yourself. Then, you can work backwards to find a personal trainer with the right expertise and experience.

  1. A personal approach

Maybe you’ve been active your whole life. Or maybe you’re starting your first ever workout program. In either case, your trainer must consider your unique needs. Look for trainers that seek to understand you and your needs first before applying solutions.

  1. Professionalism 

How you do one thing is often an indication of how you do everything. The same goes for trainers. So if a trainer doesn’t conduct themselves with professionalism, keep looking. 

  1. Convenience

It’s the 21st century, and there’s no reason your experience with your trainer needs to be inconvenient. Whether it’s scheduling or payments, make sure your trainer is making life easy for you. 

Red Flags: Quick Ways to Weed Out Bad Trainers

Getting the right personal trainer will change your life for the better, so don’t take your search lightly. And don’t be afraid to move on quickly when someone shows up late or doesn’t listen to you. 

Moreover, don’t feel like you have to stick with a trainer who’s not delivering a great experience. They may be a nice person but sometimes it’s just not a good fit. The difficulty in finding a great trainer is part of the reason we put together the Bright Fitness Marketplace, which you can access in the free Bright App.  

A Word of Caution on Searching for Trainers at Big Box Gyms 

At Bright, we believe in empowering personal trainers. But because of the way big box gyms choose to run their business, the trainers that work there are often poorly trained. 

The service these trainers provide is treated like a commodity, and the gyms expect their trainers to be more of a salesperson than a well-trained, knowledgeable personal trainer. So if you do look for trainers at big box gyms, keep this in mind. Or better yet, tell them about the Bright App, so you can work with them independently rather than through a giant corporation. 

Find and Vet Personal Trainers with the Bright App

If you couldn’t already tell, part of our mission is to help you find and vet personal trainers so you can get and stay healthy. Which is why we developed the Bright App.  Using Bright, you can easily find and work with a personal trainer on the Bright Fitness Marketplace. 

Download Bright on the App Store or the Google Play Store and find a trainer today.

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