8 Things To Consider Before Hiring A PT In Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah

Hiring the best personal trainer for your fitness goals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah or RAK is a great investment in yourself. But, what do you need to think about before hiring a coach?
8 things to consider before hiring a personal trainer in the UAE

Let’s face it. Hiring a freelance personal trainer for your fitness goals in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah or RAK is not the same as ordering a pizza. It can take time and some investigation on your part of make sure you find the right (best) personal trainer for you.

Many men and women who have been working out with a trainer for a while will often go through the process of finding the right personal trainer for them multiple times but surely there must be an easier way.

We like to think there is definitely a better way and this article will hopefully provide you with some valuable tips and advice about how to make sure your personal trainer is a good match for you.  

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Firstly, what is a personal trainer and what do they do?


Unless you’ve hired one before you might be wondering what a personal trainer actually does and how they can help you. A personal trainer is basically someone who can help create and execute training, exercise and nutrition programs based on your health and fitness goals.

They do much more than that though. Every personal trainer is different because they specialise in different areas of fitness. The health and fitness industry is huge with so many facets. This is why personal trainers specialise in different areas of fitness, for example:

• Weight Management
• Bodybuilding & Muscle Building
• Specialist Female Fitness
• Kickboxing, Boxing & Martial Arts
• Sports Fitness
• Cardio Fitness
• Yoga & Pilates
• Prenatal & Postnatal
• Senior & Elderly Fitness

And many more…..

Using their knowledge of training techniques and years of experience they create customised training programs on a per client basis. This kind of customisation is needed because everyone is different, everyone has different goals, everyone has different fitness levels to start with.

Why do you think you need to hire a personal trainer in the UAE?


Making the decision to hire a personal trainer in the UAE is a great choice for many reasons. Let’s take a look at a couple of reasons why many men and women choose to hire a professional coach.

  1. Complete beginners when it comes to fitness.

    Walk into any gym in the UAE and you can often be overwhelmed with the sheer number of fitness machines that are available. There is equipment to train your legs, equipment to train your upper body, free weight, running and rowing machines to help with cardio fitness and endurance.

    With such a wide range of machines it can often be difficult to know what is the best for your fitness needs. You’ll obviously need some sort of guidance or training on each piece of equipment so you know how to work it and also prevent injury to yourself or others.

    This is why many people who are new to exercise and fitness training choose to hire a good male or female personal trainer. They will know what training kit to use for your fitness goals. Even if you don’t want to work out in a gym they can demonstrate how to properly do exercises at home using smaller items of training kit or even your body (bodyweight training).

  2. People who have tried and failed.

    Another reason many people hire a freelance male or female PT in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah or RAK is because they have tried to reach their fitness goal by training on their own but they have failed.

    It’s more common than you might think and happens to lots of people so don’t think you’re alone when it comes to failure.

    One of the main reasons for failure when it comes to not reaching a fitness goal is lack of motivation. We all get off days and days when exercise and training are the last thing we want to do. However, it can be difficult to keep making excuses when you use a personal trainer. This in turn can increase your motivation and focus.

    There are of course many other reasons why people fail when it comes to reaching a fitness goals. For example where weight loss is concerned it can be so easy to keep yo-yo dieting unless you see weight management as a lifestyle change and not a quick fix.

  3. Advanced trainees who need help to push themselves harder.

    Men and women who have been training for some time but are failing to improve might look into hiring a personal fitness coach. This is often because they have reached the upper limit of their own knowledge or training skills so need help to push themselves harder of try out different training techniques.

    It’s often the case that men and women who compete in the fitness arena will often hire a personal fitness coach before competition, this can help them with final preparation, provide tips and advice and provide a nutrition and diet plan.

  4. Special training requirements which need professional support.

    There are times when it is medically advisable to use a personal trainer for safety reasons. For example, prenatal and postnatal ladies in the UAE should use the services of a pregnancy personal trainer to avoid the risk of injury to themselves or their baby.

    The same rule applies if you have suffered injury or illness. It is better to use a PT or coach specialised in rehabilitation training rather than risk injuring yourself more.

8 things to consider before hiring a personal trainer in your area of the UAE

So now we’ve covered some of the reasons why you are looking for a personal trainer let’s take a look at the 8 things you need to consider before hiring a coach in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah or RAK.

8 things to consider before hiring a personal trainer in the UAE

Number 1 – Credentials


The first you thing you need to consider are the trainers credentials.

By credentials we mean training qualifications, membership of professional organisers and trainers insurance policies.

There are numerous qualifications in the health and fitness industry. These qualifications mean that a trainer or fitness coach has reached a certain level of experience in order to obtain and maintain the qualification. Qualifications are not just related to being qualified as a fitness coach. There are other ‘micro’ type qualifications too like being qualified to work on a specific piece of exercise equipment or being qualified to work with special populations like seniors or pre and post natal ladies.

You should always check a trainers qualifications before you enter an agreement, just to be sure the coach is qualified to provide you with the right advice and the right training methods to match your fitness goals. 


Number 2 – Specialities


Personal trainer and fitness coaches will often specialise in a few different areas of fitness. As you can imagine, no one trainer can be specialised in all areas of fitness. For example, some coaches will be specialised in kickboxing training, MMA, Weight management and more while others will concentrate on bodybuilding and body transformation.

If you have a fitness goal in mind, whether that’s weight loss, yoga or learning a contact sport (to name but a few) it’s a good idea to choose a trainer that matches your goal. This ensures your coach is experienced in working with the training types and training equipment required to reach your goal.


Number 3 – Experience


Trainers who have been in the personal fitness industry for longer will obviously have more experience under their belt. However, all trainers had to start somewhere.

When looking for a personal fitness coach in the UAE you need to take into account the experience of the trainer but new trainers will also has some experience even before they are qualified.

Many will have had an active interest in health and fitness for many years which does count towards the experience they have obtained.


Number 4 – Cost


So much does a personal trainer in the UAE cost? This is probably one of the questions we get asked most. The price of personal training in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah or RAK is usually different from one trainer to the next but why is there a difference?

Experience. Usually when a trainer has been in the business for longer they will charge more for their services because they are more experience, have helped more clients and therefore will have built up a good track record which demonstrates their ability in helping you get great results.

Qualifications. Trainer’s who are more qualified can sometimes charge more because these qualifications mean they can work with different client types.

Specialism. Trainer’s who are specialised at specific needs will be a higher price because they are in more demand. For example, the best prenatal fitness coaches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are in high demand and therefore the price of their service can increase.

Location. In some smaller areas of the UAE there are less personal trainers. This means those coaches and their services are in high demand too which tends to bump up the price.

The important thing to remember is that the cost of hiring a freelance fitness coach in all areas of the UAE has dropped as more trainers are now in the UAE than ever. More trainers means more competition which in turn leads to price drops.

The best thing to do is set a budget for your personal training needs. Cheaper is not always better but the same can be said in reverse. It really does depend on what you expect to achieve from your training and also what you expect to receive in your PT program. For example, training once or twice a week with a coach simply to help you improve your physique will be cheaper than hiring a PT who will provide you with a customised program that includes diet advice, expert nutrition advice and support via telephone at any time of the day.

If you really want to make positive changes to the way you look and feel think of personal training in the UAE as a great investment in yourself. In the long run the cost doesn’t seem so prohibitive when compared to the result.


Number 5 – Personality


Personality does count when it comes to finding the right PT.

You need to feel comfortable with the trainer because you will be spending time with them.

This is why it’s never a good idea to simply book a personal trainer in the UAE without meeting them first.

If you meet a coach and you find you don’t get on that well then it would be difficult to work with them. Meeting a coach for an initial consultation is also a great idea because it will help you understand more about their approach to training you, their methods and their policies.

Some people prefer a trainer to be tough on them while other prefer a more motivational, encouraging approach.


Number 6 – Availability


Of course you need to know that your trainer is available, especially if you have a longer term fitness goal.

Many coaches in the UAE get booked up quickly so it’s important that you find out whether the coach can book you in for regular time slots at a time and location to suit your schedule.

If for example a trainer is unavailable for a couple of weeks at a time this could interfere with your overall progress.

So, make sure you ask for regular slots on a weekly or even daily basis before you commit to hiring a coach.


Number 7 – Philosophy


It might sound strange to include this in things to check when hiring a freelance personal trainer in the UAE but a trainer’s approach to health and fitness needs to be a fairly good match to yours.

Some trainers take a military style bootcamp approach with clients to get them best out of them but if thought of that approach doesn’t appeal to you then you’ll find it difficult to work with that kind of trainer.

Other coaches believe the best way to get the best results are to educate their clients about fitness, why an exercise is done and not simply showing you how to do it.

There is no right or wrong when it comes to a trainers way of thinking about how to get his or her clients the best results but the way they achieve it needs to work for you.


Number 8 – Location


Where you live and where your trainer is based is another thing to consider.

Even though Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and RAK are not huge cities being closer to your trainer can often be of more benefit. This is especially true when you consider that some trainers will charge for travel time and rightly so.

With this in mind check the location before you hire a coach. Sometimes if you have a specific goal finding a trainer locally can be difficult so you will need to factor in things like travel time, the cost of travel time and more into your budget.


In Summary.....

Deciding to hire the best personal trainer in your area of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Al Ain or RAK is a great way to successfully reach your fitness goals. However, it is just the start of your journey so remember to ‘interview’ multiple coaches if you need to before committing to a program.

The coach is there to help you but at the end of the day you are the one who is doing the hiring.

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