If you have decided to get into shape, there is no end to advice and programs that claim they will get you there. But many people need more than just a program or a gym membership. What you really need is someone to go through it with you. There is no question that hiring a personal trainer will have dramatic results on your fitness goals. There are many reasons why. Part of it is the hands-on experience, that can identify needs and weaknesses that are specific to you. There is also the accountability. When someone is watching you, you are more likely to try harder and longer. Whatever the reasons, if you want to get into shape, and you can afford a trainer. Here are some of the things you should look for.

  1. References: Unless you are going to give someone their first shot at being a trainer. The best thing to do when making your decision is to ask for references, and even better talk to some of their clients. You should be able to tell from other people’s responses if a trainer is going to work out for you. If you are looking for a fitness coach in Pattanakarn (called โค้ชฟิตเนส พัฒนาการ in Thai), an online search will help locate a local expert.
  2. Their Assessment: You know your strengths and weaknesses, and you know the areas you need to work on. When you interview a trainer, ask them to give you an assessment. You will know right away if they are just saying things that you want to hear, or if they are full of hot air. A good trainer will be honest, but not cruel, about your condition.
  3. Listening: You and your trainer aren’t going to last long if they aren’t hearing what you are trying to say. You don’t need some blowhard just doing their own thing. During your interview, check to see if they are showing signs of being a good listener.
  4. Their Physical Condition: Although it is not necessary that a trainer is currently in amazing shape (they could be a retired athlete with a gold mine of information), chances are that if your trainer is not currently working out, they have probably lost the passion and the job is just something they fell back on.

Other things to look for is if they are interested in safe training, with a good warm up and proper technique. Try to determine how much they speak from experience, rather than just their ego. There are plenty of fitness models out there that look great but can’t coach. You need someone who takes you seriously and wants to see you reach your goals.