How to hire a personal trainer...


Have you been intimidated by the idea of hiring a (cue scary music) personal trainer…?? This is for you!

Hiring a trainer is like buying a pair of great jeans. They are a long term investment (even trainers hire trainers). They fit perfectly, have flexibility, make you feel great about yourself, and give you a booty that turns heads!



A PT can put you through your paces using cross fit, boxing, muay thai, mma, powerlifting, weights, karate, gymnastics, pilates, yoga, bootcamps…but you may have to shop around a little to find who has the right style for you. Nothing compares to having someone else push you to your physical and mental limits, share your wins and encourage you through rough patches. A great trainer will act as more than someone to guide you through your session. They will be a counsellor, life coach, educator, mentor and friend.

So when you go pt shopping, what do you really need to know?? In my opinion, there are 3 questions you really should ask. Of course there are so many more, but these will set you on the right path.

(I will assume that the people you’re approaching are qualified and insured. If not, don’t even bother)

1.     What is their own training like?

o   All trainers should walk their talk. Believe it or not, there are PTs I’ve worked alongside who couldn’t remember the last time they exercised if they tried. If you find one of these, run! Surround yourself with inspiring, motivated, active people, starting with your trainer.



2.     Are they qualified to provide you with nutritional and supplementation advice?

o   People forget, or ignore that a personal trainer is not a nutritionist or dietician. Your health is number one, and you wouldn’t ask a nutrition expert for a fitness plan… So if your main concern is diet and nutrition, you may be barking up the wrong tree with a personal trainer. This is likewise if you have health concerns, please see a health care professional first.

3.     Do they have the skills to help you reach your goals?

o   Would you train for a half marathon with a bodybuilding specialist? Find someone who fits. Remember, like the jeans.

Take your time to do your research. Don’t let anyone pressure you into a hasty decision and you will be fast on your way to a fitter, stronger, healthier you!

Lillako pilates and personal training is based out of Christie's Beach and Glenelg, Adelaide. Online coaching is also available.