When you decide it is time for help then it is time to hire a personal trainer. All I can say is do your homework. Find out who your friends use. Ask questions:
- How long have you been training
- What association are you trained through
- Are you able to handle physical limitations
- You may end up with an injury. Is that trainer able to work with you.
Look for someone who is knowledgeable and will listen to you. Make sure they do a lengthy medical assessment. Do they watch you perform range of motion moves?
My biggest pet peeve – you finish performing an exercise and you know you can’t do any more. Are they pushing you to do 5 more repetitions where you are feeling guilty if you don’t do them? It is one thing to challenge yourself but don’t allow someone to demand you do something you aren’t ready for. Listen to your body and don’t allow someone to push you past your limits. Just keep in the back of your mind that this individual can’t feel what your body is feeling. You are paying them, make them listen and speak up!
Always make sure if something doesn’t feel right, question it. Sometimes it is just a slight adjustment of your body positioning. I have worked with many after they have worked with other trainers. Great comments are always – wow it doesn’t hurt doing it this way. I thought it was supposed to hurt. Forget no pain, no gain. If you are lifting weights improperly you will just end up injured.
Bottom line make sure you check out your trainer ahead of time and communicate throughout.