When you are looking for a personal trainer or fitness coach, the sheer variety in the industry can be daunting. Like any large consumer industry, personal training has some structural pitfalls that you are going to need to steer clear of.
The nature of commercial proliferation means that some middlemen (to put it lightly) are typically going to be looking for financial gain in any potential relationship between you and a trainer.
We are going to give you a quick overview of some of the issues currently at the top of the pile in the personal training world so you can make better decisions about your fitness future:
Gym Rent Is Destroying Drive
Talk to any personal trainer or fitness coach about what they would change within the industry and they will give you the same old answer: the rent. Gyms charge extortionate rent to personal trainers working within their walls.
If you want to save money and work with a happy trainer, try and find a professional that can work outside or in the home. The trainer will keep a far larger cut of their fees and be far more committed to training you as a result. This will save you money and make your fitness journey far more pleasant.
You’ll also be able to work out away from the often toxic atmosphere of the gym. Personal trainers are often keen to give you great deals when you want to work outside.
The Market Is Oversaturated
Around 69,000 fitness coaches and personal trainers work in the UK alone. This is a huge problem for the dedicated professionals that are trying to cut through the part-timers. Oversaturation is a huge issue in the industry. It is far too easy to call yourself a personal trainer without having the necessary knowledge and experience. Look for the qualifications and history of any potential trainer before hiring them.
Experience and Expertise Are Rare Indeed
With such a hugely saturated market, it can be hard to find the right trainer. Whilst thousands of people can claim to be qualified trainers after completing a short course (or just looking fit), a far smaller number of people have the requisite skills to be considered truly effective coaches.
Good coaches and trainers need to have knowledge of nutrition, sports science, physics, and biology. If you are finding it hard to vet potential personal trainers, it might be worth finding one through a reliable agency such as train fitness Manchester.
Get A Happy Trainer
Just because somebody is physically fit, it doesn’t mean that they are necessarily happy with what they are doing. Creating a fitness regime for somebody and ensuring that they go through with it takes an awful lot of drive.
In order for your trainer to give you the correct amount of attention, you need to be absolutely sure that they want to be there working with you. You can’t blame a trainer for being reluctant to work, but you can make an informed decision about who you give your money to.
*Photos by Anthony Shkraba