It is advisable to choose a Personal Trainer who has achieved the necessary training and qualifications and has membership to a professional association or governing body. The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) is a government backed charity for the self-regulation for all fitness instructors, coaches, trainers and teachers involved in exercise and fitness.
A recognised membership ensures your fitness session is carried out in a suitable environment and by someone who has received formal training and ongoing development. Members are also bound to a code of ethics and practice. Further personal training organisations are listed at the foot of this article.
Examples of UK held fitness training qualifications include:
- Future Fit Training
- YMCA Personal Trainer Diploma
- Lifetime HF Personal Trainer
- FIE Certified Personal Trainer
- Premier Training Diploma
Also ensure your Personal Trainer has a current CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and First Aid certificate. They should also hold liability and indemnity insurance.
Do not drink alcohol on the day of your session and have a light meal a few hours before commencing any physical activity. Ask your trainer what clothing you will be required to wear for your session and be aware that your trainer may be hands-on with you while demonstrating exercise methods and techniques.What to expect
Once you have found a suitable Personal Trainer, your first session will involve meeting and discussing in detail what your fitness programme will involve. This will be dependant on a number of factors such as your current health and what you hope to achieve. You may be asked to fill in a health questionnaire before commencing any activities.
It is important to make your trainer aware of any health conditions you have before beginning any physical activity.
Your trainer will give you details about the forms of exercise you will be expected to carry out such as running, step work or weight training. They will explain how you will be assessed during your programme (through fitness tests, body measurements etc.) and how often you are expected to exercise with or without them present.
Be prepared for your fitness programme to alter during your time with a Personal Trainer as varying factors will determine your progress. If your trainer has nutritional knowledge they may also provide you with dietary advice on what to eat.