Your Essential Guide to Choosing a Personal Trainer

Personal Fitness Trainers in Reading, Thatcham, Tadley, Wokingham, Fleet, Yateley, Sandhurst, Bracknell, Henley, Wallingford, Didcot, Newbury and Basingstoke. Personal Fitness Trainer Ryan Phillips provides one to one Personal Fitness Training, free fitness program, exercise program and workouts routines, free consultation, group fitness training in Reading, healthy eating, weight management and nutritional advice to help lose weight, tone up, get fit, build muscle, sports specific training in Reading, Tilehurst, Berkshire.

You and I both know that there are dozens of Personal Trainers out there to choose from and choosing the right one can be quite daunting if Personal Training is new to you - you are about to invest your hard earned cash and your precious time so this decision is not to be taken lightly!

Unfortunately there is a lot of dead wood in the fitness industry so to help you get the most out of your money and avoid any disappointment down the line, I've detailed 6 major points to consider when choosing a Personal Trainer:

1.    Is the Trainer fully qualified?

Anyone can set themselves up and call themselves a Personal Trainer so it is vital that you check that they have a qualification from a reputable training provider. Here are some of the well respected and industry recognised qualifications in the UK; CYMCA or CYQ, Premier Training International, Focus Training, Future Fit, Drummond Education. In the USA the American College of Sports Medicine - ACSM

2.    Is the Trainer fully certified?

Are they a member of the government backed Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) which was set up to monitor and regulate the fitness industry. If so, make sure they are at Level 3 on the Register, anything less and you've got yourself a basic Gym Instructor. Are they a member of the National Register of Personal Trainers (NRPT)? Not essential but is another highly reputable UK based register for Personal Trainers and shows that the Personal Trainer is serious about their business.

3.    Is the Trainer insured?

For your safety and to be a member of REPs & the NRPT the Trainer must have valid Public Liability Insurance.

4.    Is the Trainer experienced?

This is a big one! Make sure that the Trainer has an excellent track record, this is usually evident through word of mouth recommendations and client's testimonials. If in doubt, ask the Trainer if you can speak to several of his/her clients for their feedback before you sign up. They won’t mind at all if they have nothing to hide! In my opinion, having recruited dozens of Personal Trainers over the years and working with clients since 2004, it takes at least 5 years for a Personal Trainer to gather a suitable amount of experience working with clients.

5.    Is the Trainer reliable?

You could pick the most knowledgeable and experienced Personal Trainer in the world but if he/she turns up late for every session or worse still cancels on you at the last minute or doesn’t even show up, doesn’t bother replying to your txts or emails for days, then you are not going to get the results you are after. And yes, there are plenty of Trainers out there like this; I have had the misfortune of crossing paths with several of them as part of my Trainer selection process. The problem is that many Personal Trainers operate as more of a hobby and don’t take their business seriously enough which results in slow or disappointing progress for their clients. Their clients may blame themselves for the lack of progress when in fact it is the outdated and misguided advice and lack of commitment on the Trainer’s part that is responsible. My team of Trainers have all been vetted for not only their qualifications and experience but also for their reliability and commitment to their business and clients.

6.    Don't buy on price alone!

When it comes to choosing a Personal Trainer, it is unwise to make your decision based on the cheapest one you can find. Choosing a Personal Trainer isn’t like choosing car insurance where you can get away with selecting the cheapest one in the hope that you won't need to make a claim. Your Personal Trainer will charge a fee that he/she feels they are worthy of, this will generally be down to their levels of education and the amount of experience they have. At the end of the day you want the best results in the shortest possible time so be wary of the "cheap ones”, for the sake of saving £5 or £10 per session, as you may end up spending more money in the long run due to slow progress from an incompetent Trainer. In this game, you definitely get what you pay for! However, there will be exceptions’ to this rule therefore it is definitely worth checking out the Trainers experience as mentioned in Tip no. 4.

I hope you find this guide useful and I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure you that myself and my Trainers are fully qualified, fully certified, fully insured, reliable, committed and highly experienced with proven track records and we’ve been helping people like yourself to achieve optimal health and fitness for many years.

"I had been concerned about my weight and fitness for several years and embarked on training with other personal trainers three times over the last ten years. Each time my progress faltered after a few months and I slipped back again. However, over the last year I have trained three times each week in the gym and only missed two sessions – because the road was closed due to snow! Put it down to working with a personal trainer whose enthusiasm is completely infectious."

Robert Bates – Tadley, Hampshire. See Robert's full story

"A friend initially told me about Phillips Fit which induced me to look up the web site.

For various reasons, I had already been having doubts regarding the place I’d been attending for the past 8 years so I contacted Ryan for a (free) consultation. Within this hour he could explain to me why I was in the bad shape I was and while I thought I had been leading a healthy life style, what I was doing was not only detrimental to my health but actually causing weight gain rather than loss. I started my new regime that same week and have not looked back since. After just 4 weeks my before and after measurements showed a significant improvement so it was an easy decision to continue further. I have also gained loads of free time in that I only need go to the gym twice weekly for 1 hour in comparison to 4 times for two hours previously. My diet has changed but I am not on a diet. It is easy to keep to and I am never hungry. In principle, it only took a change of mind set to effortlessly achieve what I had failed to do in the previous 8 years. Ryan is keeping me motivated and positive and has been very supportive throughout."
Mrs M - Budapest - July 2014 *


Phillips-Fit Personal Training was founded in 2004 to provide a premium Personal Training service to the people of Reading and Berkshire. With a dedicated team of experts covering every angle of health and fitness, we can provide you with the right service to meet your individual needs.  

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