When you're first thinking of working with a personal trainer, there will be a number of exercise questions that you'll have.
For answers to some of the most common exercise questions, check out our personal trainer advice and exercise questions section - from basic through to advanced, it's all here.
Having a personal trainer is more than just getting some motivation, if you want to search for one, why not check out the National Register of Personal Trainers at www.nrpt.co.uk.
Q. Why should I use a Personal Trainer?
A. People turn to a trainer for various reasons. Among the most common are:
- Complete beginners who need advice and instruction.
- Needing motivation - some people need the motivation and reinforcement that a trainer can provide in order to stick to a programme.
- Rehabilitation - if you are recovering from an injury, or have a chronic condition, a trainer can make sure you are working out safely and effectively.
- Sports specific - people training for a particular event (marathon, triathlon etc) often engage the services of a trainer.
Q. How often should I train?
A. Your trainer will design a programme that takes into account your goals, current health and fitness, and how much time you have available. However, you should be prepared to work out at least three times per week.
Q. Where should I train?
A. Most trainers will work with you either at home or at a gym.
Q. Will my trainer put me on a diet or stop me smoking/drinking?
A. Your trainer won't make you do anything. However, they will advise you on issues such as your diet, drinking, smoking etc, which will have an adverse effect on your health and fitness.
Q. What's the typical cost of a personal trainer?
A. Costs vary according to location and trainer. A typical session costs between £20 - £50 per hour.
Q. What sort of people are Personal Trainers?
A. They should be enthusiastic people with a passion for health and fitness. They should also be trained and certified, with appropriate insurance and first aid training.
Q. Can I set the time I work out?
A. Yes, within reason. Part of finding the right trainer is finding one whose schedule matches your own.
Q. Does a Personal Trainer ask questions about your lifestyle?
A. A trainer will want to know everything that is relevant. If you have something you don't want to share with a trainer (drug abuse, anorexia/bulemia etc.), you should be aware that those will negatively effect the programme your trainer is setting for you, and could have serious health implications. It might be that you need to deal with those issues before hiring a trainer.