Personal Trainers Near Me
JDP Fitness provides you with its top advice when searching for Personal Trainers near you.
With the summer months looming, many people are hopping on the “fit for summer” bandwagon. With the gym being the first port of call to get in shape and drop some pounds many people start out strong and make great progress but then everything starts to get harder, physically and mentally which eventually can lead to a plateau or even reverse in progress. This is when investing in a Personal Trainer will eliminate this issue as they will step up to the plate to ensure you are on a happy and healthy road to achieve your desired goals.
We all know that PT’s aren’t cheap and some even charging a small fortune per session! If a Personal Trainer’s price is high, this doesn’t mean they are an excellent PT, there are a few things to look out for and research into before making a commitment to a particular PT. I’ll give you the low down on how to go about this to ensure you are investing in the best!
Where do I find a Personal Trainer?
- There are a number of different ways to find a trainer. The most common if you already have a current gym membership is through the gym itself. These facilities typically offer personal training packages for an additional cost. The gym you belong to may also allow you to bring in an outside trainer (not affiliated with the gym), but this is an exception to the rule as most gyms have exclusivity contracts with the trainers who work at their location. If you don’t belong to a fitness center, you still might be able to train at one. Not every gym will require you to be a member to use their personal training services (although the cost might be higher for non-members).
- Word-of-mouth is also a great way to find a trainer, as it helps to get feedback from someone who has already used the trainer’s services especially if they enjoyed working with this trainer and their end result was achieved. Just keep in mind that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. For example, your friend might respond well to their trainer’s “tough love” approach, but that might not be for you.
- Google. The internet is probably one of the most popular ways to find anything! Finding a good PT is also included. You can start simply by typing into Google: “Top Personal Trainer’s in London” or “Best Pt’s in Manchester” always state where you are and you will get a list of PT’s available in your area. You can also use sites like:
These are an easy way to source Personal Trainers in your area while ensuring these guys are legit as to come up on these searches they must be qualified and registered to the hosts national Personal Training Register.
What Should I Look For in a Personal Trainer?
One of the most important things to ask about is a trainer’s credentials. Believe it of not, many trainers out there have zero qualifications and continue to charge people for sessions with them. These certificates protect the client and the trainer against liability and lawsuits if an injury or accident occurred and the certifications are based on medically accepted science, safe protocols, good judgment and sound research, among countless other safety measures.
Your trainer should also have a current CPR and First Aid certification as well. Don’t be afraid to ask to see a copy of all of their certification cards to make sure they are current.
Your trainer should have a reputable certification and preferably, a degree in the exercise/fitness field. Here are a few reputable certification bodies that allow you to search for trainers with :
- National Register of Personal Trainers (NRPT)
- Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS)
Another thing to keep an eye open for is versatility and the PT’s vastness of knowledge. Always look for a PT that has more then just a Level 2 & 3 Personal Trainer Certificate. (Basic PT Qualification) See if they have any additional strings to their bow for example:
Pre-Post Natal Certificate
GP Exercise Referral
Sports Massage Therapy
These will only mean you will have a more varied approach when it comes to your training sessions. You may find you will benefit from covering different training techniques and approaches be able to achieve smaller short term goals that you didn’t necessarily set out to achieve but most of all this will keep your sessions fresh and exciting.
How Should I Interview a Potential Personal Trainer?
Remember that you are hiring this person to work for you. Treat your first meeting like a job interview. Don’t be afraid to ask them questions about their training philosophy, what specific things they will do to help you reach your goals, and how they think they can be of service to you. These are all questions they should be eager and ready to answer. Here are some questions to get you started:
- What kind of experience and credentials do you have?
- How do you keep your clients motivated during a longer program?
- What is your teaching approach?
- Knowing my specific fitness goals, what kind of workout plan will you develop to help me?
- How often will you change my workout and diet plan?
- Do you have any “before/after” shots from previous successful clients?
- How will you accommodate my diet plan to fit into my hectic lifestyle to ensure I stay on track?
- What fitness assessments do you perform and how often is this checked?
Feel free to ask your potential PT any burning question you may have. Make sure you also ask them about packages and any important information you might need to know regarding things like cancellations/refunds etc.