Gym or Home Based Personal Training?

Jun 26th, 2013

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Category: Motivation

Gym or Home Based Personal Training?

If you’ve ever considered the prospect of hiring a personal trainer, there couldn’t be a better time than now. Despite both Gym and home personal training having very unique benefits it can be very useful to know which service fits your particular lifestyle or fitness goal.
You may well have previously achieved great results with the help of a PT in a gym based environment and working at home may take some getting used to. A home visit approach can be perfectly suited to demanding lifestyles with time constraints and in no way means that the workouts are any less demanding than gym based activity.


As a paying client you are entitled to know what to expect as part of a top service so it’s worth investing a little research. The level of professionalism in the field has never been higher and you may well need to experiment before you finally gel and discover the trainer who truly inspires and motivates change in you.


A good PT should continually have your best interests at heart and possess a unique ability to get the best out of you even when you don’t feel 100%.
Expect to walk away from each session adequately challenged, feeling positively refreshed with a feeling of great accomplishment. Now is the perfect time to throw away any negative connotations of the “no pain, no gain” personal trainer who expects nothing less than you to hobble away from every session. This approach is neither fun, sustainable and is by no means compatible with a modern working life unless you are a conditioned athlete or training for a specific event.


The very nature of the gym environment can be motivating to certain types of people but intimidating to others. You may well have to be versatile and willing to adapt your set exercises or rely on your trainer’s expertise during peak gym hours due to the lack of available equipment.
There is of course a more varied approach if you take the many studio based group classes on offer. This can be very encouraging, enabling you to forge new friendships and encourage greater commitment and progress in a more social setting.
Working around your career and family commitments can dictate almost every living hour of your week so choosing a well located gym is crucial to attaining consistent results and staying motivated.
Important aspects to consider when selecting an appropriate gym location can include both journeys to and from the site, knowing what time of day you feel most energised and having time to consider nutrition.
Making full use of your gym membership can be a real challenge despite your best efforts so it may be a logical approach to invest in one to one home based training to achieve a more convenient solution to completing a set number of weekly sessions.
If you are aiming to achieve greater strength or hypertrophy then the gym may suit you best due to the range of heavier weights and machines. Most personal trainers will happily recommend appropriate equipment to enable you to create a well-balanced gym in your home in alignment with your goals should you choose this specific route to regular sessions.


Training at home may be exactly the approach you never knew could work so well in creating healthy life balance and a reduction in overall stress. The long term financial investment may be greater than joining a gym but many individuals feel compensated by the convenience of training at home. Depending on your goals you may be advised to invest in some basic equipment.
You arrive to a fully prepared workout space with absolute undivided attention for the full duration of your session based on your fitness level/ rehabilitation and corrective stretching.
Choosing to incorporate just a single home session a week with a personal trainer may well show you the level of intensity required and an approach you can incorporate on your independent workouts. When choosing a Personal Trainer/fitness consultant be patient in hiring someone who has all the attributes and positive approach to fitness and nutrition that inspires total lifestyle change.


Some points to consider and questions to ask:


Q1: Are you qualified and insured?

The qualifications are subjective with some L3 PT courses being only 6 weeks in duration. The main issue can be in its form of delivery with some providers only having had minimal face to face teaching time with a candidate.However as a minimum a Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s) Lev 3 is recommended with appropriate Public Liability Insurance cover.

Q2: How much and what experience have you had in training clients in achieving their results?

Be aware that the achievement of results is specific to the individual client so where possible seek out testimonials and consider a trainers experience in relation to your objectives and medical conditions if appropriate.

Q3: How do you keep your qualifications up to date and what other training have you completed?

A professional trainer will continually be updating their qualifications and experience through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points which are endorsed by REP’s.

Q4: Do you train and why and what’s your philosophy behind it?

This can give you insight to the trainer’s methodologies and ‘style’ of training. Of course some styles don’t mix as we all have preferred ways of developing and learning and being motivated! Click here to find out your preferred method and style.

Q5: Are most of your clients long term or short term?

The fact that a trainer has developed a client base or clients they have retained for a significant period of time means a level of trust and success has been built, just be aware the trainer may have just started their career.

Q6: Why are you a personal trainer?

Similar in regards to Q4 but a thoughtful answer should be immediate from a consummate professional who has considered the question already! This will give you insight to their motivations and enable you to be aware that they don’t transfer them to you and your training!

Q7: Will you be considering my nutrition and posture as well and how?

This should be a standard in our industry, however knowing the extent of one’s knowledge in an area is very important to ensure that the trainer does not operate beyond their scope of practice or qualification.

Q:8 How do you set my goals?

A competent trainer will be able to answer right away with how they design the program, key objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time framed.

Q9: What are your Terms and Conditions?

What is important in this regards is the ability for you to be clear on the trainers cancellation policy as well as being able to feedback openly and honestly.

Q10: Are you trained in first aid and CPR?

Of course for the obvious reasons!


While there are a number of other questions that are not mentioned we hope this will help in your finding the right individual to work with!
Dominic A





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