September 26·3 min read

Looking for a personal trainer? Ask yourself these four questions first

Turns out it’s a lot more like dating than you’d think.

Whether you aim to lose weight, gain muscle, or smash records, there are plenty of benefits to teaming up with a personal trainer. Their guidance is tailored to you in a way that group fitness classes aren’t, and getting support from a living, breathing human creates a sense of accountability no automated push notification can match. And it may be even more affordable than you think.

Much like your ideal workout plan isn’t right for someone with completely different goals, not every personal trainer is a match for everyone. In fact, finding the right trainer is kind of like dating. No, you won’t be meeting up for a drink and an awkward conversation before hitting the gym. But it does pay to reflect on what you want (and don’t want) to get out of the relationship before you’re feeling sweaty and vulnerable around your potential match. Trust us.

So with that in mind, here are four key questions to ask yourself before jumping into the personal training pool. 

What are your personal training goals?

A shared purpose is the foundation of any strong relationship. It’s also the key to getting you stronger. While the best personal trainers can adapt their skillset to work with almost anybody, finding one whose area of expertise overlaps with your fitness goals can help both of you be your best selves. 

Dreaming of winning bodybuilding competitions? Look for a fitness coach who loves helping clients add weight to their lifts. Signed up for a triathlon and need to round out your skill set? An endurance coach who can be with you for the long haul is waiting by the phone. Just need someone who can keep you faithful to a workout routine? There are plenty of trainers who can show you the joys of a committed relationship with fitness. 

Before you start, ask your potential coach about the clients they usually work with. If you sense a spark, then there’s a good chance that they can devise a training regimen that suits your goals. With Future, it’s easy to read about each coach’s areas of expertise before you make the first move. 

Can your trainer validate your needs? 

You don’t have to be an uber-fit athlete to deserve a personal trainer who can help you lift happily ever after. But even if you aren’t working toward a hyper-specific goal, a nagging injury or other unique accommodation might determine which coach makes an ideal partner. For example, there are Future coaches who specialize in prenatal and postpartum clients, and some are all about helping people bounce back from injuries. Even if you’re completely starting from scratch, there are trainers who love educating clients about the basics of exercise and form. 

No matter where you are in life or your fitness journey, you can feel confident that there’s a personal trainer out there who will love working with you just the way you are. 

What’s your personal training love language? 

Shockingly, not everyone enjoys taking orders from a domineering drill sergeant. The good news? It’s easy to partner with a coach whose methods of motivation and words of affirmation mesh with your personality, whether you respond to firm but loving feedback, peppy positivity, or a bit of playful trash talk. Finding a trainer who gets your vibe is the basis for a bond that will only grow stronger over time. 

How will you know when you’ve found “the one”? 

The heart wants what the heart wants, and the same is true in the world of personal training. Only you can decide what works best for you, but the best personal training relationships share a few things in common. 

Look for a trainer who accepts and appreciates who you are, and gets to know who you want to become. Someone who understands your schedule, your limitations, and your aspirations in order to plot a flexible course towards your goals. A person you’ll love to see and hate to disappoint. Once you have a trainer who checks those boxes, you may just find yourself in a committed relationship with fitness. 

Want to find a soulmate you can sweat with? Future is the easiest way to find top-tier personalized training that fits into whenever, wherever, and however you work out. Your Future coach builds a custom plan that’s designed to stick, offering the motivation and accountability that breeds consistent results. It’s all the best parts of a long-distance relationship, all from your phone and without the expensive airfare. 

Ready to start? Get a big discount off your first month and start working with a Future coach you’ll love today.

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