If you just started gym and you are planning on getting a personal trainer it is important to understand a few things that they must evaluate before drawing up a workout plan for you. The Personal trainer must be fully trained and if possible have a qualification to support their skills. That way you will know that the assistance you will be getting is legit and safe to follow.

In this short article we will be discussing a few important questions your personal trainer should ask you before they draw up a workout and diet plan for you. These questions are crucial for them to identify your personality, goals and health. Which will help them plan a safe and goal orientated workout plan suitable just for you.

1. Medication and side effects

They need to know if you are currently taking any medication, for any condition really. Even if its just your daily vitamin supplements or just painkillers for headaches every once in a while.

This is very important especially if you have a chronic condition that you take medication for. For example if I were to get a personal trainer, I would alert them about my heart condition and the appropriate medication that I take for the condition.

The side effects caused by the medication are also as important as the medication themselves.

2. Cardiac risk factors

Your trainer will then ask you if you have any cardiac risk factors. This in simple terms mean that you would tell them if you have any risk of developing any heart condition or heart failure, this would be acquired by you from your medical doctor or physician.

This information is very important because at the gym you would need to perform certain strenuous activities which may in turn result in cardiac problems.

3. Goals

In the previous post I mention that you should have achievable goals set for your gym career. I’m calling it a career because it is like a journey with a reward in the end.

It is important to have long term, and short term goals set for your gym sessions. This helps to keep you motivated and focused. My advice is that you set achievable and realistic goals which will not put a lot of pressure on you, but at the same time they must push you to do better.

It is also advisable to have one or two people you look up to, these individuals will help you draw some inspiration and motivation from them.

4. Nutrition

They must ask about your diet. This includes your weekday diet and your weekend diet and if you have your holiday diet as well.

This is important so that they can advise you on any changes you may need to make in your diet for optimum results.

5. Dedication

Your dedication to the workout overall is an important factor because this will determine how much time you willing to spend at the gym for you to achieve your goal.

This is basically your fuel, if the fuel is low then you won’t get too far with your routine and your goals may take way too long to achieve. The more dedicated you are the better the results.

6. Medical readiness

The instructor will need to know if you are ready physically and medically not just emotionally. If you are still recovering and injury or still recovering from a disease then you may not be medically ready for the workout routine to begin.

You may need to take some time and heal properly before commencing with the workout routine planned.

7. Previous training

They must ask you if you’ve had any form of training prior to the one that you about to begin. This will give them an idea of how much exposure you’ve had and possibly what exercises worked for you then that they could add on the routine now.

A reason as to why you stopped training will also give them a better idea of the overall type of person you are at the gym.

8. Injuries

Knowledge of previous injuries is very important, for many reasons. One would be so that you can avoid the same injury twice another reason would be to avoid putting a lot of stress on the injury area.

9. Sleeping patterns

They must also ask you about your sleeping patterns. This will give them an idea of how much sleep you get during the week and weekends, thus giving them the ability to advise you better going forward.

10. Smoking (yes or no)

Smoking is a major health issue, it can also affect your performance at the gym to a certain extent.

Therefore, it is important for the trainer to ask about your smoking habits if you do smoke.

I understand that some people may feel like their privacy is being invaded but remember that you need to be honest to your personal trainer for them to be able to help you accordingly.

11. What you do for a living?

This aspect is just a general overview that will enable them to plan your training sessions according to your schedule. That way you will be able to stay fit both at work and the gym.

12. What do you do for fun?

This will just give your trainer a better understanding of your personality. Where, possible they may suggest other fun options you could use that would boost your gym sessions even when you outside the gym.

Activities like hiking or skating and maybe taking a dance class as a hobby.

Before I Leave you

Always remember to always set achievable short term and long term goals. It is important that your personal trainer asks you these questions because they need to understand you as an individual for them to get you a routine that will suit your body and lifestyle.

If you feel like I missed some questions or need clarity in anything related to gym, feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you.

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Nate MC · April 24, 2019 at 8:54 pm

Excellent list of questions trainers should ask, especially about dedication. They need to gauge just how dedicated their clients are. If a trainer has an idea of how dedicated their potential clients are, then they can create a plan that can foster encouragement and boost that dedication up, if that makes sense.

    Nomthandazo · April 25, 2019 at 10:31 am

    I wouldn’t have said it any better Nate. It also helps the trainers to help clients draw up realistic and achievable goals. 


Ben Kuriger · April 24, 2019 at 8:58 pm

Very comprehensive article. I believe there is so much miscommunication between trainers and trainees, and that is one of the biggest reasons people get injured, fail to lose weight and don’t hit their goals. Exercise isn’t the holistic piece of the puzzle; it’s exercise, diet, sleep, even stress. All of these factors play a part.

Thank you so much for sharing this!

Ben Kuriger

    Nomthandazo · April 25, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Yes Ben, that is so true. Most people believe that exercise and your daily routine are not linked, which may sometimes defeat the purpose of having a workout plan.


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