Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Ask for success stories with before an after photos. If they dont have any they either are new to the industry, not skilled enough to help, or not passionate enough. It's a bit of a double edge sword. What I mean is if you want a skilled professional you will have to pay some wheres in the neighborhood of $75 per hour but if you refuse to pay that then you can get a significantly less skilled professional for $40-60 per hour.
If you are looking for both skill and affordability you may find a few trainers who offer both group and personal training. For example I offer both services and have pre-arranged groups that newcomers are encouraged to join. I max the group out at 6 people so that I can ensure they get the personal attention required to get them to their goal.
Another good question to ask the person you are considering is what do you offer in terms of support for your clients. For example I have my blog and I text message all clients every day or two telling them my calorie count for the day and asking theirs.
Your success will not occur unless your nutrition is in check and as you know, you are not eating with the trainer; therefore success and failure is determined out side of the gym.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. If you have been sedentary for several months and are considering hiring a personal trainer to get you back on track I recomend you begin by conducting low intensity cardio with a steady, low heart rate on the treadmill or bike for 30-60 minutes 3-5 days for one week. This will establish a cardiorespiratory base prior to your first training session.
I do recommend you have your first meeting on the first day you join the gym and buy sessions to ensure you are committed. Should you find the right trainer you will not be disappointed.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Years experience?
Success stories with before and after photos?
What kind of support do you offer outside of the session?
What would you recommend I do when not at the gym?
When you ask the last question mentioned above, pay attention to their answer. If they respond with "simply keep your heart rate in the fat burning zone" and go for 30-60 minutes." They are not qualified, reason being is because the fat burning zone is a myth. The true fat burning zone is obtained when at complete rest. The catch is that when at complete rest your caloric burn is so low its insignificant.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Be prepared for the trainer to recommend a large package price because when you hear it you may be completely deterred. Just because they recommend a $2,000 doesnt mean you must spend all of that at once. In fact I recomend you buy somthing smaller before you make the big commitment because what if you find the trainer is not a good fit for you but you have already invested $2,000 and must stick with them for the time being.
I recommend buying 6-12 sessions in the beginning and then make your decision from there. Many trainers over promise and under deliver.