How To Interview A Personal Trainer In Abu Dhabi

Yes, you do need to interview a PT in Abu Dhabi but what sort of questions should you ask? Price, experience, qualification – and much more. Find out what you need to ask and why these questions are important before you hire a coach.
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Interviewing A Personal Trainer In Abu Dhabi - What You Need To Ask

Article Contributor: Andrew

Hiring a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi doesn’t need to be a difficult or a time consuming process.

In Abu Dhabi, and the rest of the UAE, personal trainers, sports coaches, yoga trainers and other fitness coaches are in plentiful supply.

However, with so many freelance PT’s currently offering services to men, women and children it can be difficult to choose the right coach for you.

Whether you are looking for a general fitness PT, a prenatal exercise specialist or even a kickboxing trainer in Abu Dhabi knowing the right questions to ask before you enter into a contract is a must. It will save time and reduce the risk of problems occurring down the road after you’ve started your fitness journey.

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Why Does Interviewing A PT Matter?

The title of this article might sound a little strange at first. But, when you think about it, if you are looking for a great male or female personal trainer in Abu Dhabi you are the one who will be doing the hiring.

Whether you are new to fitness, have a specific goal or have been advised to do some form of exercise by your medical professional you will be making an investment both in time and financially so you want and need to make sure you are getting value for money.

Unless you think about hiring the trainer as an ‘interview’ your task will be difficult.

You have to ask the ‘right’ questions in order to get a full understanding of what’s involved, how much you can expect to pay and also whether you have the budget for your personal training program.

Let’s take a look at why you need to interview a personal trainer followed by the best questions to ask a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi.

Things To Consider Before Hiring A PT, Sports Or Fitness Coach

Before you think about booking a PT and some of the questions you need to ask (further on in this article) let’s take a quick look at some of the main reasons you need to interview first.

There are many reasons why you need to interview a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi before you hire the best one for your training needs. We’ll take a look at the some of the main reasons in this article.


Your training goals

If you have a specific training goal in Abu Dhabi then the first thing you need to do is find a personal trainer, sports or other fitness coach that has the experience and knowledge you need to achieve that goal.

In other words, it’s pointless hiring a coach who is an expert in kicboxing but doesn’t have experience in Pilates if your training goal is to learn Pilates for fitness.

On the UAE Personal Trainers website it’s easy to make sure your training goals and the trainer are an exact match because you can use experience filters on all location pages including Abu Dhabi.


Personality matters

Sometimes we gel with people and sometimes we don’t.

You’ll be spending a lot of time with your coach so you need to make sure you will get along with them before you start training.

This can be difficult to access though because you won’t really know how you will on with the coach long term. However, sometimes our instinct (gut feeling) gives us a good idea if our personalities will match.

Ask questions like….

  • How do you train
  • How do you motivate
  • Are your training sessions fun
  • What about if I’m having a bad day

These sort of questions (and others) can give you an idea of how a trainer works, what their training methods are and more. This in turn will give you an idea of their personality which ultimately will let you know whether you are likely to get along or not.


Your budget matters

In Abu Dhabi, personal training prices vary from trainer to trainer. Sometimes it can be difficult to see why there is such as difference but we have a great article that can be found by clicking here that explains in more detail why trainers charge different prices.

That being said, you need to set a budget and stick with it as much as possible.

This part of interviewing a personal trainer should be fairly straightforward but you definitely need to find out ‘exactly’ what is included in the price and how far your budget will stretch.

Your budget will often be the deciding factor when it comes to hiring one coach over another. But, try to be realistic with your budget by researching the price different personal trainers charge.

In short, the cheapest trainer isn’t always the best but then again neither is the most expensive.

Most coaches will provide discounts when you book multiple sessions so if your goal means you need a trainer for the long term discuss discounts and options.

While we are on the subject of budgets. The price you can expect to pay for training services in Abu Dhabi will also depend on your reasons for hiring a coach. Coaches who specialise in ‘in-demand’ and speciality services like prenatal training, advanced nutrition, boxing etc tend to be a bit more expensive.

Questions To Ask Potential Personal Trainers

1. Why Did You Become A Personal Trainer?

Most fitness professionals have a passion for health and fitness. Asking this question will really help you understand why the coach decided to become a trainer in the first place. 

You can usually expect the answer to be because they want to help other people lead fitter lives.

Coaches should definitely be passionate about what they do. If they’re not it might indicate dissatisfaction with their job and you really want to hire someone who loves what they do in order for you to get the best results.

questions to ask a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi

2. How do you keep up to date with the latest fitness training methods?

There are tried and tested fitness methods that haven’t changed much in the last few decades because they work. However, there are always new ways to train.

Asking a coach how they keep up to date with fitness training methods will give you a better understanding of their skills. In the ever changing world of fitness trainers who don’t invest in themselves tend to get left behind.

Qualifications and evidence of completed training courses will give you a good idea of how up to date a PT is, how much knowledge they have and how much time they spend on self-improvement.

3. Ask them to describe a typical training session from start to finish

If you have a fitness goal you’ll want to know what the best training methods and the best nutrition practices are in order to reach that goal.

Ask the coach to describe what a typical training session involves based on your goal (I.e weight loss, muscle building, body transformation etc.)

The trainer should be able to provide you with specific details about what training methods they would apply in a typical session. This would include the exercise equipment they would use, the intensity of the session and more.

4. How will the coach monitor your progress?

Why is progress monitoring important? It helps in so many ways. If a trainer doesn’t monitor your progress how will you know how you’re doing?

A good PT in Abu Dhabi will have a plan. A plan to track and monitor your progress over a period of time. This is often in the form of body measurements, BMI, weighing scales, endurance testing, resting heart rate opposed to activity heart rate and much more.

When your progress is monitored properly over time (weekly or monthly) bba coach can make small or large adjustments to your training program and even your diet as and when needed to make sure you stay on track.

5. If I don't see ongoing results what will you do?

You’re paying a personal trainer so you expect to see results.

Sometimes, depending on you fitness goal you might not see the results you want or it can take more time to see results. An example of this is weight loss in Abu Dhabi. When you start training and eating well weight loss can happen quickly. However, as the body adapts to your new exercise program weight loss can slow down or even stop.

This is perfectly natural in the short term, but, when you stop seeing results over a longer period of time it means your training program, diet or nutrition is off.

All personal trainers in Abu Dhabi should be able to spot the signs that you’re not improving and will change your training program and tweak your diet accordingly.

Asking a PT about what they would do in this situation will give you an idea of how used they are to dealing with these situations.

6. How will the trainer structure your nutrition program?

It’s vitally important to get a better understanding of how a personal trainer structures their nutrition programs.

You need to be aware that not all PT’s in Abu Dhabi are nutrition specialists. Some can offer basic advice but if nutrition is going to be a big part of your training program you need to make sure you hire a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi with specialist nutrition training.

Although it depends on your fitness goal, an expert in diet and nutrition will know how to create a weekly nutrition and meal planning program that is designed to work hand in hand with your training.

For example, if your goal is bodybuilding in Abu Dhabi then your diet and nutrition program will be much different from someone looking for prenatal fitness programs.

Once you have a better understanding of the coach’s knowledge and experience in nutrition you can then decide whether they are fully qualified to provide you with experience you need.

7. What's your personal training style?

Even if you don’t realise it to start with you’ll probably like one style of training over another.

So what do we mean by ‘personal training style’ and why is it important?

Firstly, style refers to how you will be trained. Some trainers like to train like a drill sergeant, think Bootcamp personal training and you’ll have a better idea of what we mean. They will often stand over you pushing you on to do one more rep, one more set.

Other trainers are more laid back. That doesn’t mean they wont push you when you need it but they will use more encouragement rather than barking out orders.

Almost all coaches will be able to tailor how they train (their style) to your individual needs. If you don’t like be given orders for example their approach will be different to training someone who needs to be pushed.

Secondly, training style is important because it really can lead to success or failure. If you have a hard time working out with your coach because you think they are too pushy you probably won’t enjoy your sessions as much. If you think your coach isn’t pushing you enough you might end up thinking your workouts aren’t working well.

For anyone new to fitness and training it can be difficult to know what type of training style they’d like. However, as we mentioned above, even though this is an important question to ask a trainer bear in mind that most (if not all) can easily adapt their methods to suit their clients.

8. How much will it cost and how much time will it take?

When you ask a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi to give you a price for their services there are several things you need to take into account.

  1. Is the price per session

  2. Are there any discounts available

  3. What’s included in the price


You definitely need to know what it included in the price because some coaches will charge extra for nutrition, meal planning and even travel costs to get to your location.

Time wise, it’s important to know how long it will take you to reach your personal fitness goal. But, remember to be realistic. Even with the best PT in Abu Dhabi it will take time and this time is dependant on what you expect to achieve from your training.

In Summary.....

You’re the one doing the hiring when it comes to finding a great male or female personal trainer in Abu Dhabi. It’s not like ordering a pizza, your coach will be up close and personal throughout your fitness journey so you will want to know as much about them, their experience, their results and much more before you even consider which coach will be right for you.

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Use the filter options on the page below to closely match your training goals with the right coach and even select to show male, female or all personal trainers. 

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