Fitness Instructors – 6 Things to Look for Before Committing

Anyone that has made the decision to begin getting into shape may decide that they need a little bit of assistance with this.  Therefore, this person may make the decision to find a fitness instructor.  If you are considering doing the same thing then you should certainly stop and consider what you want to look for in an instructor.  After all, you want to know that you are working with someone that can really help you.  In many cases you are going to be paying this individual as well.  You want to know that your money is being spent on services that are actually helpful.  There are some different tips that you can keep in mind as you look for an instructor.            

Fitness Instructor

Experience- First and foremost, if you are just starting out with your fitness routine then you will want to make sure that you are looking for a workout instructor that has been doing their job for a long time.  It will not be beneficial for you to work with someone that is not comfortable teaching.  You also want to know that you are working with someone that is able to motivate you when you may be having a difficult time staying focused on the task at hand.  If you look at our testimonials page you get a brief glimpse at what some of clients have to say about our instruction.

Education- If you are able to identify the type of training the instructor had then you will certainly want to do this.  You should never use a trainer that does not have the necessary experience and education to help you reach your goals in a safe manner.  Trainers that have the necessary education will be able to motivate you, help you reach your goals, and ensure that you are not injuring yourself in the process.  One of the great things about being a Columbus area personal trainer is that we are only a few minutes away from some of the best trainers in the world, as Columbus not only has constant professional development programs but also the world famous Arnold Sports Exposition each and every year.

Facilities- Always take the time to look around the facility where the trainer is employed.  Maybe they have their own facility.  Either way, you always want to take the time to ensure that they have all of the necessary equipment to ensure that you are getting the very best workout.  Again, you will be paying for these services and you want to make sure that your money is not going to waste.   At Body Mechanix we work at a number of facilities as we try to meet the needs of various clients.

Ongoing Training- There is always something new when it comes to fitness.  Studies are completed and individuals find new ways to help others get into shape.  Because of that, you will always want to know that the instructor you have hired is going to be keeping up to date with all of these things.  Many facilities are going to require their instructors to maintain a certain number of continuing education hours each and every year.  This is important because it will help to ensure that you are always getting the most up to date and current fitness information.  So, as you search for a Columbus area fitness instructor or a facility, find out if continuing education is a must.

Technology- Just like the rest of the common world, personal trainers have joined the technology era.   Phone apps, websites and Skype technology are just a few of the “new wave” trends used in the fitness industry.   We have taken that a step further by offering virtual training.  This is a way that we can use Facetime and Skype technology to keep up with all of our clients on a regular basis.   This is especially useful for our Upper Arlington personal training clients that have a job that requires a lot of travel, as we keep our just one click away from any advice or training information that they may need while on the road.

Special Conditions- Do you have any injuries?  If you are suffering from any special conditions then you should also make sure that the fitness instructor you are considering is able to deal with it.  It is always best to ensure that you are working with an instructor that knows how to handle special conditions or illnesses.  There is nothing wrong with taking the time to discuss these things with any potential instructors to ensure that you are always safe.

Nutrition- Physical Fitness only works if the body is properly fueled.   Understanding the nutrition needs of different individuals is a must for a personal trainer/instructor.   Because people age differently and have different body types it is always wise for an instructor to tailor a diet to fit a person’s particular needs.   Also two people of the very same age may have far different metabolisms and nutritional needs.  Our 28 day diet is custom fitted to the individual and not a cookie cutter approach to people in general. We also endorse Shakes by Visalus as a way to supplement our client’s diets and keep them in tip top shape.