If you’ve never searched for a personal trainer before, the many different types of trainers there are can be overwhelming.
One trainer might have a specialty in bodybuilding, while another focuses on functional strength. And still others might specialize in weight loss. So the question is: how do you find the right one for you?
The trick is to start with your goals and preferences and work backward from there. Then you can narrow your search down to the types of trainers who might be a good fit for you. In this post, I’ll walk through that process and show you how you can use it to find the best trainer for your needs.
State Your Goals and Preferences
Start by thinking about your goals: Why are you looking for a personal trainer? Is it to lose weight? Build strength? Both?
You don’t have to get too specific yet (your trainer can help you with that). But, you should have a general idea of what you’re trying to accomplish, even if it’s as vague as just “getting healthier.” You might also consider if you’d like help with your nutrition.
Once you have an idea of what you’d like to accomplish, consider your personal style and preferences for fitness. For example, is there a specific type of training you’d like to do, such as boxing, weight training, cardio, mobility, or all of the above?
Equipped with the answers to these questions, you can start drilling down into the types of trainers you might want to work with.
Get to Know the Different Types of Trainers
To be clear, it’s not uncommon for a personal trainer to have a couple different specialties. So there may be considerable overlap between the different types of trainers listed here. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll categorize trainers in three buckets: fitness level and age, type of exercise, and your fitness goals.
- Trainers by fitness level and age
Most good trainers will have worked with beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes. They’ll also have worked with kids, teenagers, adults, and seniors.
That said, you should ensure that any trainer you work with has experience working with people of your skill level and age. After all, if you’re an adult, you may not want to work with a trainer who has only ever trained kids or seniors.
- Trainers for a certain type of exercise
Personal trainers may have backgrounds in boxing, running, Olympic weightlifting, swimming, football, yoga, and many more sports and disciplines. If all you’re worried about is getting in the gym to do generic cardio and lift weights, your trainer’s sport-specific background may not be critical for you.
But, if you’re training for a marathon, for example, a personal trainer with a background in running is a necessity. Of course, even if you’re not training for an event, but you really enjoy—for example—boxing, finding a sport-specific trainer is important for you too.
- Trainers specializing in your fitness goal
You can think of the final category of personal trainers based on their specialty around certain fitness goals. For example, if your only goal is to lose weight, you’ll want to look for trainers who specialize in weight loss rather than building functional strength. Of course, you will likely be able to find trainers capable of helping you accomplish a variety of fitness goals.
Browse Different Kinds of Personal Trainers on the Bright App
Ultimately, what truly separates a great personal trainer from an okay one isn’t their technical knowledge. It’s their attitude and professionalism. Unless you’re training for a specific sport, there are many kinds of trainers who can help you live healthier and happier.
Of course, if you’d like to browse multiple types of trainers, you can—on the Bright Fitness Marketplace. All you have to do is download the Bright App on the App Store or Google Play Store and you’ll have immediate access to the marketplace where you can connect with all kinds of different personal trainers.