Choosing a personal trainer

Choosing a personal trainer


Choosing a personal trainer (PT) can be a tough decision. There are so many personal trainers, so how do you decide on which one?  A good personal trainer will work with you to assist you to reach your health and fitness goals and to create an exercise program to meet your goals and personal health needs. A personal trainer will teach you the best way to exercise, show you the correct technique to perform exercises and avoid you injury. A personal trainer is there for you to be your training buddy, mentor, health educator and to motivate you to do what you may not do yourself.

A good personal trainer can:

  • help you make the best use of your exercise time
  • motivate and inspire you
  • improve your technique (efficiency and safety)
  • monitor your progress
  • adjust your exercise program in response to your changing fitness level
  • offer sound information on good nutrition.

Anyone can call themselves a personal trainer, so make sure your trainer is qualified and registered.

  • Certificate IV in Fitness – Personal Trainer is the minimum qualification for a personal trainer. Personal Trainers may also have a specialisation: older adults, children and adolescents, and/or advanced aqua training.
  • Diploma of Fitness – some Certificate IV personal trainers go on to complete this more advanced qualification.
  • People with an exercise science or human movement degree can register as a personal trainer if they can demonstrate they have competence in required areas.

Registration with the health and fitness industry associations, such as Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia is not compulsory for a personal trainer, but it is a useful gauge to ensure your trainer has the correct certifications. To be members, personal trainers must be qualified, have current industry-approved first-aid and CPR certificates, and continue their professional development.


Personal trainers should have public liability and professional indemnity insurance.


Consider some more personal aspects that relate to the relationship with your trainer. Trust your instincts about the impressions the trainer makes upon you.

  • The personal trainer should be someone you like. Ask yourself if you think you could get along with the trainer and whether you think the trainer is genuinely interested in helping you.
  • A good listener – a good trainer will listen closely to what you say. Make sure they understand your goals. Make sure you feel comfortable asking questions.
  • Attention – a good trainer will be focused only on you during your sessions.
  • Tracking progress – a good trainer will regularly assess and monitor your progress and change your program as required. They should also provide regular reports to you on your progress and associated health outcomes.

Importantly, if you are returning to exercise after a long break, if you’re overweight, aged over 45 years or have a chronic medical condition, you must consult your doctor before starting your new fitness regime.

Reproduced in part from the Better Health Channel and Choice.

Healthquarters offers personal trainers that are qualified and adhere to the fitness industry associations registration requirements. Find a personal trainer in Willoughby and find a personal trainer in Naremburn, contact us.