Find the Best Personal Trainer for Your Needs

While there are fantastic group exercise classes, some gym goers prefer working 1-on-1 with a personal trainer. For some people, a personal trainer is often the missing link between them and sustainable progress.

The question is: how to choose the personal trainer that can help you achieve your fitness goals? Before you start your search in the best fitness centers in San Diego and around your Poway neighborhood, here are some important points to consider to help you choose.

Define your goals

Much like choosing a specific type of club spin class or workout, the choice of personal trainer will depend greatly on what your individual goals are. Think about the different benefits of yoga such as Bikram and hard-core ab crunch. Which one would you choose if you wanted to work on your abs? The same goes for the choice of personal trainer. Defining your goals will help you make the right choice.

Check the trainer’s specialty

After you’ve defined your fitness and overall healthy lifestyle goals, you should start the search for a personal trainer in or around Poway (Club Downtown San Diego, Club Solana Beach, etc.) with the corresponding specialties.

Let’s say you want to try boxing. It’s a great cardio workout for improving whole-body strength. Ideally, you would find a personal trainer who specializes in boxing. For example, Fit Carmel Mountain’s trainer Erica Heine specializes in boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai. She’s the go-to personal trainer for everyone who wants to push their limits but do it in a structured and safe way.

Fit Athletic boasts some of the best personal trainers around who all have their own specialties. For example, Aaron Bazz specializes in Body Transformations, Muscle Building & Contest prep, Jacques Stroud (CMR) specializes in Athletic & Golf Training, while Landon Bergenthal specializes in yoga and behavioral change. What’s more, Chassidy Escobedo has a background in Massage Therapy and Holistic healing so she works well with those who need Injury Rehab and pain relief.

Check the trainer’s qualifications and certification

The best personal trainers are also certified for their specialties. The certification means they have undergone official training, gained relevant knowledge and developed a specific skills set. Certifications that speak volumes of a trainer’s expertise are ACE, ACSM, AFPA, AFAA, ISSA, IFPA, NASM, NESTA, NSCA.

A relevant BA or BS (in Bio-Physhology, Kinesiology, Exercise Science, etc.) is also a strong indication that a personal trainer is knowledgeable and qualified.

Ask about the nutrition plan

Maintaining a healthy diet is a must, no matter what type of workout you’re doing. Your personal trainer should help you develop a healthy eating regime in addition to the workout regime. Feel free to ask your potential personal trainer about whether they will give you advice on nutrition. For you to end up hiring that person as your PT, the answer should be yes.

After all, a great personal trainer knows that joining a gym should mean more than working out a couple of times a week. This decision should propel you to make a positive lifestyle change, starting with your diet. The trainer should be there to help you navigate through that change.