Hiring a personal trainer is a big decision for most people. Since all personal trainers are not created equal and there’s no regulating body for this industry, it’s important to make sure you do your due diligence when interviewing – and selecting – the right personal trainer for you.
To help you do that, here are three questions to ask before you commit:
Question #1: What are their certifications?
It’s possible to become a personal trainer in as little as a weekend. Which is scary! (I can’t tell you how many certified trainers I’ve interviewed that don’t know basic anatomy or injury-prevention principles.) So it’s important that your trainer have more than a basic certification – look for someone with a college diploma or university degree in a health-related subject, and the more additional/specialized training the better. Also, CPR certification is a must.
Question #2: What’s the plan?
A plan, with mini goals plotted out along the way, is critical for long-term success. Which is why we track, measure, and goal-set on the regular over here. So ask your trainer how all that works. Will you start with a goal setting session? How often will you be re-assessed? What does success look like?
Question #3 (for you, not them!): Do you like this person?
This one’s a question for you, as opposed to them. And it’s a simple – but oh, so important – one: Do you like the person sitting in front of you? Are they respectful? Do you feel understood? Are they friendly? If all goes well, you’ll spend a fair bit of time with this person, so you want to choose a person you’ll look forward to seeing, who makes you feel comfortable.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, these are three of our main criteria when we hire our trainers at Nielsen Fitness. If they aren’t fully certified, don’t pass our (difficult) practical exam with flying colours, can't demonstrate strategic, big picture thinking in addition to their exercise and anatomy know-how, and aren’t someone we’d want to welcome into our own homes at 5:30am, they don’t make the cut.
This criteria has served us well over the course of more than a decade in business – and we're confident it will for you too. If you'd rather to take the guess-work out if it, contact us today to schedule your free first workout, anywhere in Toronto.
Suzanna is a busy lawyer who has seen great success personal training at home with Nielsen Fitness – because it works for her busy lifestyle. She’s soon to be married and in better shape than she has been in a long time.
Here’s her story:
Much like life, exercise is about the journey – not the destination. Those who see it as a lifelong commitment (as opposed to a short-lived endeavor to meet a specific goal) tend to enjoy the process more, and get the most out of it.
Our client Stacey Morrow (a lawyer) and her husband Chris Yu (a pastor) are prime examples. They’ve been semi-private personal training clients of ours for years. They consistently show up ready to work with a great attitude and have seen fantastic results because of it. Here’s their story, in Stacey’s words:
At Nielsen Fitness, we work with a lot of busy professionals who, despite being short on time, understand the importance of fitness, and want to make it a part of their lives.
Our November client of the month, Martin Gangadeen, is one of these clients. He’s been training with us for five years, and is a pro at setting mini goals for himself to stay motivated and on-track. Here’s his story:
One of the most difficult ‘seasons’ of life during which to exercise is when you’re a busy parent with young children (a fact I understand well because I’m in this stage myself!). But it’s also a really important time to exercise.
We wrote a bit about why here, in case you’re interested in knowing more. But for today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to our October client of the month, Monica Lalomia Gibbs. Monica’s a busy mom of three who works out in the morning before her family rises. She’s a trainer’s dream thanks to her awesome attitude and drive to reach fantastic new heights. Here’s her story:
Generally speaking, we don’t believe in one-size-fits all solutions – but there are some things that will pay off for virtually anyone when it comes to losing extra/unwanted fat:
Even if you know you should exercise and that you’ll reap major lifestyle benefits because of it, it can sometimes be hard to envision what those will look like.
To help you along – and do some celebratin’ while we’re at it – we’re pleased to introduce our new ‘client success’ profiles. One client (just like you) every single month. Sharing their journey, experience with NF, and the new heights they’ve reached.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to Ardith Engel. Read more about her fitness journey, wins, and plans for the future below!
Pretty good, right? We think so too, which is why we’ve launched a ‘PLUS STRETCH’ offering that takes our regular personal training to a whole new level.
Stretching has tons of benefits – especially if you sit all day – but so many of us don’t do it often – or for long – enough.
Once upon a time, we got all kinds of exercise going about our days. But, for most of us, that’s not the case any longer. We spend most of our times at desks, staring at screens.
Which has major repercussions for our bodies. Here are five signs of ‘office body’ to look out for and – down below – what to do about it:
Mother’s Day is coming up, which has us thinking about the wonderful mothers in our lives. So I thought it made sense to talk a bit about them – and why it’s so important that they take a few hours every week to focus on their health and fitness.
If you’re a mom – especially in the early years of parenthood, which we call the ‘trenches’ chez Nielsen, this one’s for you.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 18 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!