How to Find the Right Personal Trainer in Memphis
Finding a personal trainer may be a simple task, but finding the one that is right for you is a whole different story. Perhaps you yourself have come to the same conclusion, or have a feeling you would in case you went on such a quest.
If this is the case and if you also happen to be looking for a personal trainer in Memphis — read on!
Know what type of training you are looking for
Before starting a mission of finding your personal trainer soulmate (or should I say, bodymate), it would be wise to ask yourself what it is that you would like to get from your workout and accomplish with your training. Finding the right answer to this question is an important and necessary step in your search.
Below is a list of various types of trainers. It may give you a better idea of the options available to you and help you decide on what is right for you.
These types of trainers specialize in improving the performance skills of competitive athletes. They use a variety of methods to accomplish this goal, among them strength training and aerobic conditioning. Another important aspect of strength coaching is injury prevention.
Weight Loss Trainer
Weight loss trainer will do exactly that — train you with a goal of decreasing your weight. The long-term objective, of course, is to keep you healthy and within your optimum weight range. This type of training, as you may assume, works best when combined with a healthy dietary plan.
Functional training aims to prepare and train your body to perform your common, daily tasks in a safer and more efficient manner. Originating in rehabilitation, these types of exercises are often used on patients with movement disorders. Their primary objective is the functional independence of the trainees.
Boot Camp Trainer
Unfortunately, this type of training is not much different from what it sounds like. Let’s just say this type of workout is not on the boring side. It may include running, weightlifting, push-ups and/or sit-ups, and various types of interval training. The good news is that it usually doesn’t last longer than an hour. Also, you do yoga stretches at the end of your workout.
Yoga / Life Balance Coach
If your goal is to train your body, as well as your mind, yoga and life balance training is the right choice for you. Aside from physical, yoga includes mental, as well as spiritual disciplines, such as meditation and breathing exercises. This type of training may also deal with more personal issues that are a source of stress in your life.
Holistic Personal Trainer
A holistic trainer will look at you as a whole. That includes your thoughts, overall health, diet, and of course, your physical state and issues. Apart from the physical benefits, the objective is to improve your whole well-being. This goal is accomplished using various methods aside from exercise, such as massage, changes in your diet, etc. When it comes to the workout itself, you could be doing tai chi, yoga, and Pilates.
You’ve probably heard of this one. Initially named “Contrology” by its founder Joseph Pilates (you guessed it, the system was later renamed after him), this method is based on controlled movements. In order to have the desired effect and benefits, those movements need to be done properly. That is why Pilates is usually practiced with a personal trainer or in smaller groups, where trainees can receive the trainer’s undivided attention. A proper and consistent Pilates workout regimen will give you better flexibility and stronger muscles, and it will also improve your endurance overall.
Athletic trainers may work under the guidance of a physician or another healthcare worker. Their goal is to treat and/or prevent injuries of their clients. They may be helping professional athletes, but could also be engaged by other clients with no relation to sports, who have an existing injury or are at risk of getting one.
Cardio and Conditioning Trainer
A combination of cardio exercises and conditioning workouts will take away those “love handles” you’ve always wanted to get rid of. The goal here is to lose the unnecessary fat and tone the muscles. It gives you the possibility of targeting specific parts of your body, based on your preference and the trainer’s suggestions.
Know what type of exercise setting you prefer
Another aspect to consider when selecting your personal trainer is whether you would prefer to exercise in a gym where your trainer works, or have a mobile trainer with whom you can agree on the location of each workout session (you may choose to train at home, in the park, etc.).
That is a decision based on personal preferences. Some people like the flexibility of working with a mobile trainer. Others would rather go with the routine and amenities that come with training in a gym. It would be best to try both options, if possible, and choose the one that makes you excited about your next session (or at least eliminate the one that makes you less excited).
Finding a Personal Trainer in Memphis — Options and Prices
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics data from May 2017, there are 540 fitness trainers and aerobics instructors in the Memphis area. Furthermore, a majority of gyms will have personal trainers their clients can hire, giving you a good place to start.
A mean hourly wage for a personal trainer in Memphis is $20.5/hr. As with most services, prices vary, depending on numerous factors, such as the trainer’s experience, education, certification, reputation, etc. And as with most industries, the highest price does not necessarily translate to the best service. It is possible to find a good quality personal trainer in Memphis without spending a fortune.
So start your search today and find the trainer and the type of workout that is right for you. It may take some time and trial and error, but it most certainly can be done. Good luck!
Thomas Matthys a former world-class track & field athlete and the founder of Swol Headquarters. He graduated from the University of Fordham with a Master’s degree in Science. Matthys is a certified sports nutritionist and personal coach of several professional athletes. Matthys has been involved in various clinical studies within Track & Field including one on the factors associated with muscle recovery and HIIT.