Finding a Personal Trainer: How to Start Losing Weight for Good

You’re Almost There

You’ve drafted your doctor and dietician to help you start losing the weight. Now, it’s time to assemble the rest of the crew and get the work done. Next on your list is a personal trainer.

What Can Your Personal Trainer Do For You?

1. Safety

Working with a personal trainer can make sure you’re working out safely and help you prevent injury. They should do an evaluation with you before to determine where to start your workouts. He or she will set the amount of weights you should lift and advise you about the type, frequency and intensity of aerobic exercise.

2. Motivation

Hiring a personal trainer is like having a cheerleader and a coach all in one. They are going to hold you accountable to stick to your plan.

3. Structure

Some people are able to take off and maintain a weight loss program on their own. Other people benefit from following a structured plan that is laid out for them. You will need to decide which type of person you are.

4. Overcome Plateau

Having a personal trainer can help you get over a weight loss plateau by progressing the intensity, type, and length of your workouts.

Questions to Ask Your Personal Trainer

1. Do you work out?

That may seem like a dumb question to ask but you would be shocked if you knew how many personal trainers don’t exercise so don’t be shy about the question. After all, if she can’t motivate herself to workout, what can she really do for you?

2. What is your level of education, certification, and experience?

You should know that if you hire a personal trainer through a gym, they may or may not have a certification. Some chain gyms or private studios only hire personal trainers with exercise degrees. Some only hire trainers with certifications. Others have personal trainers on staff that have neither, so for safety’s sake, ask.

You can consult with your personal trainer on occasion or you can meet with them one to several times per week.

Do You Need a Counselor?

If you have observed that your eating is tied to your emotions then you may want to talk to a counselor. This type of issue is unique and must be approached from a perspective that a personal trainer is not likely to be trained in. If you don’t wish to see a counselor, your dietician may be experienced in strategies to combat emotional eating and eating disorders.

Don’t Forget Your Loved Ones

Last but not least. The people that must be a part of your team are the ones that you see every day. Your family, church family, friends, coworkers will have a huge impact on your weight loss success. You will need their support but don’t assume they know what that entails. Talk to them about specific things such as not tempting you to order out for unhealthy foods at work or at home.

Set a Date

When you have motivated yourself, written down your goals and plans, and drafted your team, you’re ready to make the next move. Now set your start date for your gradual, healthy lifestyle changes and start melting the pounds away. Go ahead and congratulate yourself on your success in advance!

This post is part of the series: How to Get the Weight Off For Good

This is a how-to series that will get you to a healthier you. You will find step by step information about getting started, staying motivated, and practical tips to help you along the way.
  1. How to Get Motivated to Lose the Weight For Good
  2. What You Need to Do Before You Start Losing the Weight
  3. How to Start Losing the Weight: Draft Your Team
  4. How to Start Losing the Weight: Draft the Rest of Your Team and Set a Date