10 Essential Criteria to Choosing Your Ideal Personal Trainer

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Tips & Advice from the professional personal trainers at OneLife training gym in Kelowna.

Hiring a personal trainer is an excellent way to jump-start your motivation and take a giant leap forward to achieving your fitness goals. Not only does having the support of a trainer keep you more motivated and accountable when it comes to your workouts, but he or she also play a crucial role in helping you maximise your time at the gym, prevent injury, and see more consistent (and oftentimes faster) results. Here are our 10 essential criteria to choosing your ideal personal trainer.


The best compliment a trainer can receive is a referral, but having people see results of their clients firsthand comes in a close second. Ask to see success stories or client referrals. Whether you are losing fat, adding muscle, or training for an athletic event, you want to see that your trainer has had success in this area, and can replicate that success with you.


Your trainer isn’t just trained in basic fitness. They have an appropriate fitness certification and truly care about what they do. They stay up-to-date with the latest fitness trends and new research published in scientific journals.


Your trainer knows how to create a strategy to achieve your fitness goals. Your trainer conducts an assessment of your body when you first meet to familiarise themselves with your needs, and tailors their program accordingly. During training, they instruct you as to the purpose of each exercise and how it fits into your overall goals. They chart your improvement and regularly discuss this with you.


Your trainer remains focused at all times. Their attention remains on you and what you’re trying to achieve. Beware of the unengaged trainer. Ditch them in favour of someone who cares about their job, and who stays focused on helping you reach your fitness goals.


Your trainer pushes to improve, not to intimidate. Your trainer keeps you focused and encourages you to do more than you would on your own. But they understand your body language as well as your body’s needs, and know when you’ve reached your limit. They makes sure that, after a training session, you feel strong and exhilarated, not annoyed and exhausted.


Your trainer understands that what works for one client may not work for you. They find a comfortable pace of training, because they know that each client may require more or less coaching based on their individual requirements.


Your trainer always gives you the best value for your money. This means no standing and watching the clock for one-minute recovery periods between sets. Instead the trainer uses this time to squeeze in a stretch, provide feedback on your technique or perform another exercise with a different muscle group. This won’t make you feel rushed; instead it will ensure you’re making good use of every second of your training time.


Your trainer knows your aches and pains. They know if you’ve got a sore shoulder or if you prefer the elliptical to the treadmill. They design their program to not only suit your fitness goals but also your training preferences. After all, training needs to be an enjoyable experience, not feel like a chore.


Maybe you need a dietician or therapist to help you meet your fitness goals. Maybe you need a chiropractor to correct your posture or a massage therapist to soothe your body after a training session. Your trainer will share their professional network with you, introducing you to other professionals who can focus or speed up your fitness goals, or help your body recover after a long training session.


Not only is your trainer personable and likable, but you know they always have your best interests at heart. A trainer guides you to your personal fitness goals, and to do so they fit with your personality. After all, they’re called ‘personal’ trainers for a reason.

If you’re in the market for a personal trainer, you need look no further than One Life Fitness, Kelowna’s premier personal training company. As experienced and motivated personal trainers we have one priority – You. We tailor our training regimen to help you achieve you own unique fitness goals.

So contact our personal trainers at OneLife in Kelowna today to book a free consultation, and let us help you achieve all that you’re capable of. 250-869-1427

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