Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind Of Personal Training Can I Do?

If you’re just looking for someone to go running and walking with you, then pretty much every personal trainer is likely going to be able to do that. If you want to train for a triathlon or start bodybuilding and using weights to build muscle and strength, there are many personal trainers out there who specialize in this goals.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a fitness regimen specific to a niche, like kayaking, disc golfing, baseball training, etc, then you might have to look a little harder to find someone with that particular background.

Where Would I Get Personal Training?

The specific place you choose to work out is going to be up to you and your personal trainer. You might meet in your own home if you’re comfortable with that, but you need to make sure you have the right space and equipment for your training. Often, all that is needed is a bench and some dumbbells when you’re just starting out. Some personal trainers might work out of their own home, having clients visit them. In other cases, you might meet in parks, at swimming pools, or even in commercial gyms you’re both members of.

Another option you can try is online personal training, where you work with a service like Caliber Fitness, where the trainers will train you via their online app. It’s extremely effective and we’ve seen many success stories from people who have chosen online personal trainers, but it isn’t for everyone.

When Can I Schedule Personal Training?

It will depend on how urban or suburban your area is. If you live in a more rural area, you’re not going to find as many personal trainers. However, if you live in a place with a reasonably dense population, then it’s more probable that you will have access to some excellent trainers. You’ll find some that only work weekday mornings or during the day, but many know they have to be available when their clients are, so they’ll be open for sessions on weekends and in the evenings. Just keep in mind that certain days and hours might mean higher or lower rates, and no matter how much personal training might make you healthier, your health insurance isn’t going to cover it.

How Do I Find A Personal Trainer?

The internet is an obvious place to start your search, but you also might just want to take the old-school route of asking around. Personal trainers often rely on word-of-mouth referrals to get many of their clients, and how well they mesh with you personally is going to be a driving force behind how successfully they work out for you. As such, the trusted opinion of someone you know might carry far more weight than general online reviews. If you do attend a gym regularly, however, keep an eye out for ads, business cards, fliers, and anyone they have available you can try out. Many personal trainers offer free sessions so you can see if you enjoy working with the trainer before you commit to anything.

Should You Share Personal Training?

You might know from previous weight-loss efforts that having a workout buddy can bring benefits that makes everything a whole lot easier. It makes it a social appointment and you two can motivate each other and keep each other accountable. You might also think that sharing a personal trainer with someone can cut your bill in half. That’s true, but it might also cut the effectiveness of the training in half as well. You’ll get less attention than you would during a 1-on-1 session, and things might slow down a bit with needless three-way chatter and conversation. Still, if you have someone you want to exercise with on a budget, definitely consider it if you find a trainer willing to do couples or dual sessions.

Should You Do Personal Training Every Day Of The Week?

Your fitness regimen is going to be determined by numerous factors. They’ll include your schedule availability, your budget, and your own physical limits. However, it’s hard to know where your physical limits are. In order to get in better shape, you have to find them and push them, but you also have to make sure you don’t break yourself in the process. It’s very common for those new to personal training to get excited by their results and fall in love with how great they feel, so they want to exercise more, possibly even daily. While more exercise is generally good, overdoing it isn’t. Rest days are necessary for physical recovery in many different activities, so the only way you might get away with getting personal training most days of the week is if you’re crosstraining in different areas.