What’s it like having a PT?

Someone who loves kale, ‘no excuses’ memes, with 8-pack abs, criticising your meal choices? Just as there are many ways to build a movement practice, there are different types of PT. Know what you need.

Your communication style and other preferences:

Do you like to be pushed, or want someone to help you feel safe? Trainers come from increasingly diverse backgrounds and specialisms nowadays.

Watch out for:

Supplement pushers – one client told me about a past PT who assured her that she absolutely needed a £60 stack of supplements that – would you believe – he just happened to sell. Most supplements have very minimal evidence of their benefits to beginners. Anyone who tells you otherwise is likely locked into pyramid scheme hell.

Phone addicts – it’s gotta be a deal-breaker if the PT is glued to their phone updating their socials during your session and not even watching you train. If you have the chance, watch the PT with other clients to get a real feel for how engaged they are. This is more valuable evidence than how they look, or their online presence.

Good signs:

They’re learning all the time – ask them what they’re currently studying.

They listen and are willing to change the programme to suit you – this is the definition of personal training. If you leave a consultation feeling unsure whether the PT heard you properly, your gut is likely onto something. You can ask to speak again for clarification, or walk away.

Art credit: Juju’s Delivery