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Ten things you need to 
consider before picking your personal trainer

You've finally decided on taking the plunge at a new fitness regime. You've bought all the new gym gear, (including the new fitness friendly earphones for your iphone,) downloaded some workout music and you've told all your friends.

Only now does it start to sink in that your going to have to actually start and you begin to think 'where the heck do I start from'?

You've read a couple of articles in different magazines about what Gweneth Paltrow is eating this month and had a quick look at Davina McCaul's new home workout (which to be honest does not seem too appealing) and you've asked a few friends what they do, but your still in the dark.

You are not alone! Yes the thought of going to a crowded gym full of beefy, Tallafornia lookalikes is a little off putting, and yes, the banging techno music you used to listen to when you first started wearing high heels is a little annoying, but is this really the only way of getting fitter and loosing a little excess weight around your bum and thighs? Absolutely not.

Why not train in complete privacy with a professional dedicated to getting you one thing, results.

Gone are the days of the so called 'rent a friend', personal trainer of the Celtic Tiger era. Personal training has really taken off in this country and especially in Dublin city.

Just look at how many personal training studios are popping up. The only problem is, who do you choose, where do you go and what do you look for when you're deciding to go?

Here are my ten tips on choosing the right trainer and which one is right for you.

1. Are they recommended: The most important thing when choosing a trainer is to see if they have been recommended.

If you know of any one who has gone to a certain trainer or studio and they have gotten on really well and lost lots of weight, then chances are they're going to be good for you.

This is the best advertisement for trainers themselves and is a great way to make sure your making the right choice.

2. Do they look the part: Personal training is a physical job and physical appearances are important. If a trainer does not look like he/she trains or is in bad shape, then chances are they don't know what they're doing.

Do you really want to invest your time and money with a trainer who can't even keep himself in shape?

3. Beware of jack of all trade trainers: What are you looking to achieve from training? Are you looking to improve your fitness levels? Are you recovering from an injury and looking to improve your core, do you want to tone up for holidays or do you want to be able to complete a marathon that you have been putting off for so long?

Whatever your goal is, make sure you choose a trainer that specialises in that area. There is no point in hiring a trainer who specialises in injury rehabilitation if your goal is to loose weight.

Do not trust the trainer who claims to do everything as chances are, he isn't very good at anything specific. As the saying goes, 'jack of all trades, master or none'.

4. Are they focused on you or themselves? One of the main things to look at when you're seeking out the help of a professional is, are they into themselves or the people they're training.

One major sign that you've got a bad trainer is if they constantly bring up themselves as an example. The trainer's job is getting you results and not talking about how much body fat they have lost and how much they bench pressed while staring deeply into the mirror flexing with one arm and taking a selfie with the other.

5. Ongoing education is a must: Health and fitness, is closely related to the medical world. And just like the medical world, new methods are always being introduced. This is why it is so important for trainers to constantly improve their education.

It is very easy now days to become a trainer and this is why you should be very wary of instructors with very few qualifications.

Make sure the trainer you hire, invests his time and money in a course each year that are aimed at getting you results. Remember the more knowledge a trainer has, the more it will benefit you.

6. Do they put a lot of emphasis on diet: We all know proper diet is important but do we know to what extent? Without a good diet, results regardless of your goal are going to be extremely hard to achieve.

You need a trainer that is going to put pressure on you about sticking to a good diet and will make sure of this through tools such as food diaries.

At your initial consultation with your trainer, ask them questions about nutrition and what kind of nutrition plan they would recommend for you.

Chances are, the more you ask, the more nervous a bad trainer will be. Likewise the better the trainer, the better, more in-depth answers your going to get.

7. Going above and beyond what is expected: Does your trainer promise to check in with you through emails, and texts, making sure your feeling how you should post workout, sticking to food, and constantly motivating you?

Sticking to a training regime is not easy and you need all the help you can get to help you through it.

A good trainer knows this and will put in the hours not just whilst your in the gym but when your at home, with friends or needing to make that difficult meal decision when out with friends.

8. Do they have a personality that you will look up to and respect: Trainers need to be charismatic and inspire their clients into achieving their goals and dreams. You need to look up to your trainer and see them as being somebody that you respect enough to do what they tell you.

They need to be able to inspire you into making the change from your old, unhealthy way of living and start living a new healthier and happier life.

9. Do they put too much emphasis on being your friend rather than being your trainer: Although Personal training is a sociable and enjoyable pastime, you have to remember why you're going.

Some trainers tend to forget about your results and focus on building up a good relationship with you.

A friendly relationship is fine, but there also needs to be a level of professionalism and dedication to getting you where you need to be.

10. Are they located near to where you live or work:

The location of your trainer is extremely important when choosing one.

You will need to see a trainer minimum twice per week each week for about six to eight weeks to see results and so location is a big deal.

If the trainer is too far away from where you are, chances are after a hard day at the office or looking after your kids, you're not going to go.

Making a choice to start a fitness regime is incredible. Working out is fun, healthy and benefits so many aspects of your life.

This is why getting right start and choosing the right trainer is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Stay focused throughout your new fitness journey and remember 'Rome wasn't built in a day' so keep at it, stay motivated and most of all enjoy it.

Contact Vinny Gough at his studio 
'Changing Rooms', 28 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2; www.vinnygough.com; 
www.changingrooms.ie and 087 671 5852