If you are relocating to the UK (whether through a Tier 2 or other visa), you may want to continue improving your fitness (or indeed begin working towards a fitness goal) once you arrive. If this is the case, we are here to help! Personal fitness training in the UK is a growing industry – there are currently over 13,770 registered personal trainers in the UK covering the length and breadth of the country. So finding a personal trainer is easy, but how do you go about uncovering the right personal trainer for you?
There are, in essence, two types of personal trainers: freelancers and gym based personal trainers. As both are trained to the same standard (ideally, you can check if they are qualified and registered by using the Register of Exercise Professionals or REPs, who are the longest established register of exercise professionals in the UK with over 20,000 registered fitness professionals), you should expect a similar level of quality no matter who you use. There will, however, be vast differences in knowledge bases, and this will be important when it comes to the outcomes you want.
If you are going to attend a gym, you may wish to use the onsite instructors (many will also have fully qualified personal trainers working out of them), many of whom will have gained the qualifications to work in the gym but may not yet be able to conduct personal training sessions. These instructors are generally working towards their personal training qualifications and using their help can be a cost-effective way to gain one-to-one help from someone who already has a solid base of knowledge. If you know where you are going to be based in the UK, it will be worth researching the local gyms to see who offers personal training services. Don’t be afraid to get in touch with the gym to find out more about the services they offer – many gyms will be more than happy to answer all your queries.
Another option, when looking for a personal fitness trainer, is to contact a freelance trainer. Freelance trainers are based all over the UK and can provide an extended suite of services, such as home visits, which can make keeping up with your new programme easy. Many freelance personal trainers are also creating online programmes they can use with remote clients. If you are looking to use the services of a personal fitness trainer after you have arrived in the UK, it may be worth checking out if they offer remote options so you can start to work with them before you even arrive in the UK. You may also choose, in the long-term, to stick with remote personal fitness training. Many people find the convenience of an online coach ideal in helping them stick to their long-term goals.
Costs Involved In Personal Training In The UK
As you might expect, one-to-one personal fitness training is going to come at a cost. In the UK, an average personal training session is likely to cost anywhere from £30-£65 (and potentially even more in London). Price variances are not likely to be huge in a local area as the competition may be fierce. While the price is likely to be one of the most important aspects of your choice of trainer, you are also likely to be looking for trainers who specialise in the outcomes you wish to achieve. While many trainers will cover a variety of options, many will specialise in areas such as fat loss, muscle gain or powerlifting. So, if you are looking for a specific outcome, you may wish to find a specialist personal trainer in your niche.
Before you commit to a plan with a specific personal fitness trainer, we would suggest you try to find as many reviews as possible on your intended trainer. While it may be hard to find review information on specific personal trainers, search engines such as Google often offer reviews on small local businesses such as personal trainers. We would suggest that before you commit, you do at least a little due diligence to ensure your trainer has a solid background and many satisfied customers. If you cannot locate reviews, it may be worth asking the trainer if you can contact some of their clients to find out about the quality of their service.
Key Takeaways For Those Relocating To The UK And Are Looking For Personal Training
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So, if you are looking to get started with personal training upon your arrival in the UK then we would urge you to research the subject well before you arrive. There are a vast number of trainers with varying knowledge and skill levels across the UK. If you are looking for a specific outcome (such as fat loss), it will make a lot of sense to try and find those trainers who specialise in that specific discipline.
Another key idea is using a remote trainer who is based in the UK. This way you can begin to work with them and get a feel as to whether they might be the right trainer to help you long-term. You will also be able to make a very quick transition from online to face-to-face interaction when you arrive in the UK. Depending on your circumstances, you may even find that you prefer to work with a trainer online and choose to stick with that option. Whatever you choose, you should research your options with your preferred outcome in mind.
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