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WHAT IS A PERSONAL TRAINER?

A personal trainer (PT) is an individual certified to have a varying degree of knowledge of general fitness involved in exercise prescription and instruction. They motivate clients by setting goals and providing feedback and accountability to clients. Health and fitness plans prescribed to clients are typically around weight loss, muscle gain or athletic performance.

WHAT IS THE COST?

The cost of a personal training session varies depending on the location, the expertise and experience of the trainer and the length of sessions. Typically, a session will costs between £30-£50 and is 45 minutes to one hour long.

To gain the best value, you can book bulk sessions of 5 or 10 which will reduce the hourly rate. Speak to your chosen PT directly about how much they charge.

HOW CAN A PERSONAL TRAINER HELP ME?

There are many reasons why a Personal Trainer can be the catalyst to achieving your fitness goals – whether they be weight loss-based, sports-driven or for athletic purposes. Working with a personal trainer has the following advantages:

  • Customized programming : A knowledgeable personal trainer will create a customized exercise program for you, designed to help you reach your unique health and fitness goals. A trainer will also take into account special considerations (e.g. existing medical condition, pregnancy, post-rehabilitation, medications taken, etc) when creating a program exclusively for you.
  • Correct technique :: When exercising, safety is the number one priority. A personal trainer will teach you the proper mechanics of each exercise and will ensure that you are performing each with correct form, thus maximizing the efficiency of your workouts.
  • Enhance motivation :Having a scheduled session with a trainer promotes accountability on your part, and can assist in developing adherence in the long run to making exercise a regular part of your routine. In addition to the outside motivation, a personal trainer can also help you develop a more positive outlook on exercise by exploring options for making exercise more enjoyable, reviewing short-term progress towards goals, and assessing feeling- and mood-state changes related to exercise, thereby improving self-confidence and self-motivation.
  • Push your limits :Personal trainers are passionate and supportive, but they’ll also challenge and motivate you to push yourself further. A personal trainer can help you select activities that you enjoy, and also choose exercises that will keep you challenged and on track towards reaching your fitness goals.

Looking for a career as a personal trainer? Find out more about the truGym PT Academy.

FAQ’s

How long should you have a personal trainer?

This will depend on your objectives fitness goals. Speak to your PT about a programme and agree a timeframe upfront.

How long is a personal training session?

A normal personal training session lasts between 45 – 60 minutes.

Can personal trainers write meal plans?

This will depend on whether the PT is a qualified nutritionist. They can certainly advise on minor lifestyle and diet changes.

What can I expect at my first PT session?

During your initial meeting, he or she will begin the process of getting to know you. Depending on your fitness goals, your trainer may conduct some assessments during the initial session.

The assessments are used to establish a baseline for progress comparison further down the road. Assessments are also used to gauge your current level of fitness. Examples of assessments that may be conducted include body composition assessments, movement screens and postural assessments

Are group personal training sessions available?

Some PTs may offer group sessions at a cheaper cost but we recommend that you speak directly to the personal trainers at your gym to find out if they offer this. If you enjoy training in a group, you could consider attending one of our many free group exercise classes.

How often should I see a personal trainer?

This depends on your fitness goal and your budget. Typically, clients have 1-2 sessions per week and the PT will advise you on exercises to do during the rest of the week.

How do I choose a personal trainer?

If you are looking to hire a personal trainer here are some things you may wish to consider:

  • TCredentials and experience: A trainer should be able to show you a fitness certification in their particular area of expertise. And a trainer who has been around
    the block a few times has likely tested and perfected his process for providing the best cues to help you get the most out of every single rep.
  • Personality: Some people do well with positive reinforcement peppered with cheer leading, while others like to get screamed at and scared into doing a few extra
    squats. Either way, talk to the trainer and get a feel for her style to see if it jives with what works for you
  • Specialties: If you’re looking for something specific – say, hitting a new 5k PB – you’ll want to work with a trainer who specializes in running over weightlifting.
  • Cost. Sit down and think about your budget. The price between PTs varies so choose accordingly.
  • Reputation. The best compliment a trainer can receive is a referral, but having people see results of their clients first hand comes in a close second. Getting people to achieve their goals (especially if those goals are similar to what you’re wanting to achieve) is the ultimate proof here, and good trainers will be happy to share success stories, testimonials and references.

How do I prepare for my first personal training session?

Just as you would do if you were going to the gym. Wear suitable gym clothes, bring a towel and a drink – along with anything else your PT suggests.

How do I become a personal trainer at TruGym?

We’re always on the lookout for new PTs

Not yet qualified? If you’re looking to turn your career into passion and become a personal trainer, please register your
interest here.

Personal trainer reviews

Here are some of the great things our members have said about their personal trainers:

‘With their help I achieved my goal of putting on weight which I have struggled with for 5 years. With their help I have gained 5kg and my strength has drastically improved’

– John Ferdinand, member at TruGym Boston

‘I have a long standing injury which my PT took the time to research thoroughly, designed a custom training programme to help me recover, and also make sure I never do anything that would cause further damage. I cannot recommend him enough.’

– Ellen Brazier, member at TruGym Plymouth

‘”I have never had a PT session before as I’m fairly self-motivated and was reluctant to spend the money – I would rather have a new pair of shoes instead! However it has made a life-changing difference to the way I look and feel and I would recommend it to anyone without hesitation’

– Mary Fontain, member at TruGym Chatham

“My personal trainer has helped me gain confidence in myself, find my love of exercise and the gym that I thought I had lost.”

– Jessica Stevens, member at TruGym Maidstonem

I’ve been working with Thomas for 3 months and have seen amazing results in that time. I have never felt stronger or healthier. Thomas is passionate about fitness and it shows through the energy and enthusiasm she brings to every session.’

– Shelly Pollard, member at TruGym Maidstone