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Sweat It Out: Five Questions for Your Personal Trainer Post-Breakup

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After a breakup, it’s typical for the heartbroken to want to look great, whether it’s to prepare for a run-in with an ex, to feel sexy when getting back on the dating scene, or simply to boost self-esteem after an emotional beating. If you’ve set a goal to get in shape after a breakup or divorce, but you’re finding it hard to get started, hiring a personal trainer could be one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Personal trainers can offer all the motivation you need, especially if you are still reeling from heartbreak and need a little kick in the rear. Since personal training sessions are normally fairly costly, you should make sure that you find someone who is credible, dedicated, and whose style of training and teaching aligns with what you’re looking for.

Here are five key questions you should ask any personal trainer before working with them:

Can I see some references? References are a must; don’t be shy about calling up some previous clients to get a better understanding of the trainer. You have to keep in mind that this is a person you’ll be working with for an extended period, so it’s best to get a feel for their character. People are honest, for the most part, so they’ll let you know exactly what they think of the trainer. Be sure to find out what they achieved working with the trainer, the time it took, and what they liked most and least about working with him/her.

Do you have certification? You don’t just want some person who studies fitness on YouTube to come out and teach —certification is important. Someone who is certified will be more qualified to meet your goals and will have a better understanding of the body as a whole. Some certification associations include the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and American Council on Exercise (ACE). Make sure they’re also certified in CPR/First Aid should something happen to you during a session.

What’s your training style? Find out what they believe in. Some trainers might want to push you until you scream and some will take it easier on you. Find out how they go about their training. Do you want me to be on a diet while training? What if I’m too tired to work out? Can you help me in strength training? How would you help me put on muscle and lose weight? Develop different scenarios and ask the trainer; their responses will help you in your choice.

What’s our schedule? Find out if they can work with your schedule. Trainers normally like to work on specific days to give your body time to heal. If a particular trainer can’t meet those needs, you might have to move on or try to be more flexible.

What’s your rate? If you’re trying to meet a certain goal, find out if you can have a package, for example, six weeks for X amount of dollars. You can also pay per session for a trainer. In order to find out if you’re paying a good price, shop around. You can find trainers online but also at local gyms. It’s best to find at least three rates for what you’re trying to achieve just so you know how much you should be paying.

Working out with a personal trainer is a time intensive and expensive investment, but the results of looking and feeling great, especially after heartbreak, are priceless. Getting in shape not only helps you look great, but working out can help clear your mind and increase endorphin flow to improve your overall mood and well-being. If you have a little extra cash, a personal trainer might be the way to go to get you on your way to bouncing back and moving forward.

By Sunil Ramsamooj for BounceBack


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