Whether you are new to running or an experienced runner you can benefit from working with a personal trainer. It doesn’t matter if you have read every running book you can find, subscribe to all the running magazines, read the latest news on the web or regularly check marathon training sites. You still should work with a personal trainer. Why? The answer is pretty simple; the majority of the materials you are reading in all of those places are created for the masses.
That’s right, it is general information that anyone can use. Sure it may provide you with a few ideas of how to increase the intensity of your workout. If you are new to running it may prepare you for creating a running routine the right way. But it isn’t tailored to fit you. You are not going to find an individualized running plan anywhere in any of those sources. The only way to get an effective workout is to work with a personal trainer. A personal trainer is going to tailor a plan that will help you achieve the goals you have whether it be to run 2 miles without stopping, compete in your first marathon… or your first ironman. A personal trainer is going to tailor a plan that will fit you and help to make sure you remain an injury free as possible.
Why should you hire a professional running personal trainer over a general personal trainer? Again, the answer is pretty simple, you want to work with someone that not only knows the theory but understands that application of what it takes to be a runner. You want to find a personal trainer that has competed in a variety of different races including 5K races, marathons, half marathons and other running events. You want to work with someone that understands you don’t have to be athletically inclined, that you may very well just want to improve your current overall fitness.
When you are looking for a personal trainer that has expertise in running there are number of questions that should be asking to make sure that they are someone you can work with. Here is a list of questions you may want to ask:
1. I am new to running, but am very interested in becoming a runner can you help me?
2. Do you train people that are interested in other events besides a marathon?
3. Can you tell me about your clientele?
4. Do you coach only within the states or outside as well?
5. Can you tell me what your training philosophy is?
6. How does your initial consultation go?
7. Do you charge for a phone consultation?
8. Do you offer weekly phone calls as well as training sessions?
9. What happens if I have a question before our next session?
10. Should something happen that prevents me from keeping a scheduled session will I be able to reschedule?
11. Is it possible for me to try your services out for a short time first before committing?
12. What if all I want is a training schedule?
13. How are your services different from other personal trainers?
You should also take the time to talk to your potential running personal trainer about the rates they charge. Some charge by the hour, some charge by the month and there are some personal trainers that will offer you a discounted rate if you sign up for a long term personal training services.
Now there are some personal trainers that will provide training services and never meet with you. Only you can determine if you want to work with a trainer that is going to be physically present at each session or if you are comfortable enough to work with a personal trainer that is one state while you are in another. For some people that are simply looking for guidance working with a personal trainer virtually may be advantageous. They don’t have to worry about making sure that their running time fits in with the time a personal trainer has.
However, if you are looking for one on one training, someone to run with that will provide you motivation as you are trying to tackle that last uphill portion of your run then you are going to want a personal trainer that is located in your area.
There is a personal trainer out there that specializes in running that can meet your needs and expectations. You simply need to take the time to find that personal trainer.
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Hiring a Personal Trainer to Help with Your Running Goals