City of London personal trainer Trystan with client

Personal trainer‘ is a buzz-word at the moment. It has become mainstream, and the industry is expanding at an astonishing rate. The majority of the trainers are well qualified and insured, with a sporting history and background – you’re in safe hands there.

However there is a growing trend for overnight personal training qualifications, serving the demand for people wanting to jump on a growing industry bandwagon. Experienced, high-calibre personal trainers can earn good money … people looking to change professions are aware of this, and want a piece of the pie. Unfortunately, this is diluting a well qualified, experienced industry, and tarnishing the reputation of personal trainers and personal training.

If you’re looking for a really good personal trainer, don’t be taken in by hype! Here are a few questions to ask when sorting the wheat from the chaff:

Is the trainer in good shape?

Probably the most overlooked aspect of the ‘fitness industry’: is your potential trainer in good shape? Is he/she lean, muscular and healthy?

What’s their experience?

I have been in the industry for 11 years, however I still have the same job title as someone who has qualified yesterday! Some qualifications can now be done in as little as 4 weeks! Think about it, would you hire a builder who has never built a house before?

What are their personal training qualifications?

Some courses are better than others  Do they have sports science or strength and conditioning degrees? Who have they trained with – are they Poliquin qualified? Charles Poliquin is now THE name and an industry standard, for a trainer’s skill set and dedication to his trade.

Are they insured?

Trainers should have public liability insurance with cover of several million. Again, ask them about this.

Can they demonstrate results with their clients?

Ask about their results. Are before and after pictures real / copied / stolen / faked? Do they have testimonials, and are they convincing? Take a look at their website, for testimonials, reviews, articles. Do they talk about the industry with knowledge and authority?

Do they get the basics right?

The basics of personal training, all trainers should offer these. If they don’t, I’d be asking questions!

  • Before and after pics.
  • Take your weight.
  • Take your body fat % with callipers (which is a skill in itself to get an accurate %!)
  • Listen to your goals and create periodised programmes from this. With regular changes and tweaks to them
  • Regular re-tests, making sure you’re moving in the right direction

There are some great, experienced personal trainers out there!

The industry has its faults – it’s quite un-regulated, which I believe will change in time. However if you do a bit of research through a trainer’s website, ask the right questions, you will find a very good trainer.

I’m a big believer – along with some of my most experienced colleagues – in policing our industry. That way we can keep the quality as high as possible.

If you are still unsure about what direction to take with your training, and how to find a trainer, get in touch for more advice. Or pop into our City of London personal training studio for a chat

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No question, personal training is an investment in both time and money. So why spend your hard earned cash on a personal trainer? Here are 5 great reasons!

Motivation – find a personal trainer London.

Exercising can be hard. It’s so easy to find excuses not to do it – too busy, too tired, it’s raining, too boring … there always seem to be more reasons NOT to exercise than to exercise!

The best thing about using a personal trainer is that he or she will dramatically increase your motivation. By helping you to set achievable and appropriate goals, you will start seeing results immediately. Having something to work towards, and someone monitoring your progress, will make exercising seem a hundred times more worthwhile and fun.


An experienced personal trainer can bring a whole lot of specialised expertise to your training programme. Recovering from injury or illness, training for a specific event, getting your body back after having a baby, fat loss, specialised diets, strength training, body building, the list goes on. Good personal trainers have specialist knowledge which will help with your specific needs.

Personal trainers also have training which will ensure that you train safely and within your personal limits (also see my next point). But check out their qualifications – don’t employ someone without a reputable personal training qualification (check out my qualifications and experience here)

Effectiveness – find a personal trainer London.

If you have a busy lifestyle (and who doesn’t!) then you want to maximise the effectiveness of your training. How can you ensure that your workouts have the maximum possible benefit in the minimum possible time? And furthermore how can you be sure that your training is actually doing you good (not harm)?

A personal trainer will choose the exercises which will bring you the most benefit, and – very important – will ensure that you’re doing them correctly. Bad exercising can not only be ineffective but can lead to injury.

Read these case studies to find out what a difference personal training can make – Raj, Annie

Put an end to exercise boredom

We’ve all been there – the same old workout in the same old gym, week after week, it’s a motivation killer! Effective personal training will bring variety and interest to your workouts, and will help you find ways to make your workouts fun.

Furthermore you can vary the location of your training to bring variety and interest – I see clients all over London, in parks and open spaces, or at our City of London personal training studio.

Training in groups or bootcamps is another great way of making exercising fun.

Monitoring your progress and seeing results – find a personal trainer London.

A personal trainer will monitor your progress week on week, and you’ll get a huge kick out of seeing the improvement that your training is bringing to your fitness levels.

The improvement you’ll see using a personal trainer will last long after the sessions have finished, because we will help you to set up long-term exercise programs for long-lasting results. Check out my testimonials and reviews to see what my clients have to say.

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