What You Should Know Before Working with a Personal Coach


If you’ve decided it’s time to start a regular exercise routine that boosts your health and overall fitness, chances are you’re struggling with all that “choices” stuff — you know, like which gym to go to, what kind of exercises you should do, and what will get you the best results?

Decisions, decisions. It’s safe to say your first decision was the most critical: to definitely launch a fitness plan and stick with it. It’s also important to know that you don’t have to do this alone. You can get the assistance of a professional fitness trainer who can provide the guidance you need to maximize your workout.

If you’re new to the fitness world, you might be wondering if working with a personal coach truly does help consumers achieve their health and fitness goals? Those in the fitness industry would answer that question with a resounding “yes!” and they can point to the many instances of people they’ve helped meet their long-term fitness goals. An experienced coach can tell you which of your fitness goals are most readily attainable, and how best to get there. But what should you know before you select a personal coach? Let’s explore that question.

Why You Should Check Each Coach’s Credentials

Evaluating a fitness coach works much the same way as evaluating a financial advisor, gardener, plumber or any other service provider: check their credentials and their track record first. 

Find out if they’re certified. Certifications are an important first step since being accredited by an organization like the American Council on Exercise or the National Academy of Sports Medicine is a sign they have the right training for this position. 

But more importantly, consider their references. Do they have testimonials on their website from satisfied clients? It’s fine to ask the fitness trainer you’re interviewing to provide personal references as well. Someone who gets raves from past clients is in a much better position to demonstrate they’ve delivered positive outcomes through their training.

How to Define Your Goals to a Fitness Coach

If you’re among those who long to get fit but are not sure how you’re not alone. Virtually no one wakes up in the morning knowing everything about fitness, which is why instead of puttering around at your gym aimlessly you should consider the expertise that a fitness trainer offers. A personal trainer is all about helping you and you alone get into shape, using a  personalized approach, and they can help give you the motivation to keep going.

But before you ask a fitness coach to design your training plan, it’s important to be certain you fully understand what your fitness goals are. Are you looking to lose weight? Develop upper body strength? Booster your muscles? 

If you know what you want to accomplish, an experienced trainer is going to know how to push you to your full potential. That’s another key aspect of finding the right personal trainer: being able to identify their area of expertise to be certain it matches your own goals. The right personal trainer should also be able to encourage you so you don’t end up in the position of hating everything you’re doing in your workout.

Look for a Personality Match in a Fitness Coach

When you interview a fitness coach, ask yourself if you enjoyed talking to them. Did you get a sense that you’d enjoy working with this individual on a regular basis? Finding a personality that’s compatible with yours may ensure your workout sessions are successful. The more comfortable you are with your personal trainer, the more likely they’ll help you meet your goals.  

It all depends on what you’re looking for. Some people might be drawn to a coach who is a good communicator and easy to talk to, while others might be looking for a drill sergeant type who makes certain they’re pushing themselves to the limits. Everyone is different. The best trainers listen to what the client says, understand what they’re trying to accomplish, and give them the quickest route to getting there.

Find Out if Your Fitness Coach Meets Your Schedule

Another important consideration: if you have a busy schedule, you need to know how accessible they are. Is your fitness trainer available on the days and times that match your schedule? If you need to change your dates and times, can they easily accommodate you?

A good place to start is knowing whether your fitness coach is easy to reach by phone or email if you have questions or need to discuss your fitness plan. If they take days to return your calls, that’s a red flag.

Signing up for a regular fitness plan is a terrific first step, and getting expert advice from people who know how to deliver results is a worthwhile investment. You can only make the most of that investment, however, if you can incorporate it into your routine. 

Schedule Your First Personal Coaching Session with RFT Coaching

Ready to crush your physical fitness goals? If so, it’s time to schedule your first personal coaching session today. At RFT Coaching, our certified personal trainers Matt and Jenny are committed to helping their clients achieve their best physical fitness. 

If you’re ready to get started with a personal coach, call 801-685-6001 or contact us online today. We’re waiting for your call and can’t wait to meet you and help you succeed.