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Tips on finding the best personal trainers

05 October, 2014
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Finding a personal trainer

When you begin your search for a personal trainer, the focus should be on the word “personal.” Having someone drag you out of bed at the crack of dawn and stand over you while you sweat it out – always in Lycra and often in pain – is something that most of us are hesitant to do. It’s also a big investment, so you want the right personal trainer for you who makes you feel comfortable enough to reach your fitness goals.

Try before you buy

Head down to your local gym and take a few classes. More often than not, the instructors running the classes will be personal trainers as well, so you can get a real sense of their style and manner. Once you make your choice, do your homework and check out their industry accreditation and insurance status.

Match making

Make sure you suss out your personal trainer’s strengths – are they more suited to older clients? Or more advanced fitness levels? You want to be certain that they suit your specific exercise preferences, age and fitness level.

Good vibes

Exercising for some is an unpleasant experience, so you want the right person to guide you. Someone who is polite, informed and doesn’t take calls during the session. They need to be wholly focused on you – after all, you are their valued client.

What the doctor ordered

Having a personal trainer is like having a GP who can give you a prescription for exercise. Their role, like any other health professional, is to design a workout especially for you based on your fitness goals and to see to it that they are achieved. Your personal trainer should go to great lengths to understand you.

Mutual commitment

You may want to let your trainer know that you would like to commit to the first 3 sessions, and then if you’re a good match you can pay for the remaining sessions up front. This way you have time to judge whether you’ve made the right decision and then commit for the long term. Both parties can then work hard to achieve results.

And finally, working one-on-one with a trainer for something as personal as exercise means you need mutual respect and understanding. So make sure you hold up your end of the deal by turning up for sessions on time and keeping cancellations to absolute emergencies.

In order to claim your personal training sessions from CBHS under your Wellness Benefits Extras, you must first ensure that your Extras package covers health management programs and that you are part of one of these programs. Certification by your GP or a Recognised Provider is essential for this.

If your personal trainer costs are covered as part of your health management program, the form you need to complete to claim your benefits back can be found here. Alternatively, you can access your CBHS account and make an e-claim, or contact Member Care on 1300 654 123.

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