Personal Training

Finding a Personal Trainer? And what to look for…

Anyone that has ever wanted to improve their health and well-being has gone through the process of attempting different ways to get into fitness, whether it’s buying a gym membership and never using it, trying a new sport or even something as simple as going for a regular walk or bike ride. These things are sometimes hard to stick to and finding the extra motivation to get you in the swing of things is often difficult to achieve by yourself.

That’s where hiring a personal trainer is a perfect way to have someone to push you in the right direction and provide that extra spark, because after all being a positive influence is one of the main jobs of a personal trainer.

If you decide that a personal trainer is something you may be interested in, looking for and finding the right personal trainer for you can often be a daunting task. The health and fitness industry is no different than any other industry. There are many qualified people of all levels and also many people who claim to be qualified just to make money. If you are one of those people that is tired of wasting their time in the gym and want to hire a personal trainer to start seeing results, then how do you know that you are hiring the right person?

There are many questions on what makes a great fitness trainer and what you should look out for before starting with one. , so hopefully when you do begin your search for one you can ask all the right type of questions to get the help you need and deserve.

Practice what they preach

Anyone working in the health or fitness industry should practice what they preach if they are to be taken seriously. You may find a trainer that knows everything about health and fitness and the knowledge to help others achieve their goals but for them to gain respect and credibility they should look the part. If they are going to help you reach your health and fitness goals and critique your diet and lifestyle, the least that they can do is be a positive role model that is physically fit and healthy.

The opposite is also true though. Just because people look great physically does not always mean that they will have the proper knowledge to help you achieve your goals. If something works for them, it does not mean it will necessarily work for you. Many people are blessed with good genetics and would look good no matter what they do.


A person’s credentials can often be an important clue about their competence as a personal trainer. Firstly you want to make sure your trainer is qualified. A university degree or certification from various organisations forms a solid foundation of knowledge, but there are also many great trainers in the industry that don’t have either. The minimum requirements your fitness trainer should have is Certificate III and IV in Fitness/Personal Training. This will make sure they not only have a great understanding all things health and fitness but that their knowledge has been put into practice. Every personal trainer should also have their Senior First Aid Certificate and be in possession of a first aid kit for every session in case of emergencies.

All personal trainers should be attending workshops and training courses to make sure their qualifications and knowledge is up to date and to ensure they have a variety of skills to further improve your sessions. Some of the courses and workshops available specialise in: Boxing, Older adult, Kids, Rehabilitation, Group, Boot camp, sports specific, weight loss and nutrition.

Depending on your specific requirements, there may be other important questions whose answers will determine whether a certain personal trainer is qualified to answer your needs.

  • How much experience does this fitness trainer have?
  • Do they know anything about nutrition or just follow the basic Australian Dietary Guidelines?
  • Will they be able to accommodate for any specific medical conditions that you may have?
  • Do they promote or encourage the use of drugs to accomplish your goals?
  • Are you looking for a personal trainer who is knowledgeable in a specific sport?
  • Do they still study, regularly attend seminars and workshops or do research on a regular basis to stay on top of the latest research available in the fitness industry when it comes to training, nutrition, injury prevention, supplements, ECT?

Registered and Insured

It is a must for all personal trainers to be registered with an Australian fitness industry such as Fitness Australia and Kinect Australia where they are recognised as an exercise professional.
Having Public Liability/Professional Indemnity Insurance is also a big must for all trainers. Make sure the personal trainer has their own personal liability insurance. It is extremely rare for an experienced personal trainer to ever harm a client enough to warrant a lawsuit but it is still important that they possess the required insurance, to ensure they operate in a safe environment for you to train in.


When starting with a personal trainer you should receive a health and fitness consultation before you start. Your trainer should go through a simple form to discuss your fitness goals and your previous exercise and medical history as well as discussing how your sessions should be run to give you the results you need. Once more is known about your specific goals and exercise history you can then be matched up to a fitness trainer that suits you.

Testimonials/Reviews from Past & Present Clients

Most successful trainers will have some success stories which they will happily share about their client’s success stories. Look at what other people say about the personal trainers.

MaxNRG’s growing list of personal training reviews from clients.

A learning Experience

Most people want a basic understanding of nutrition and exercise. They want to know what they should and shouldn’t be eating and what they need to do to be healthy. The problem with the health and fitness industry is there are so many misconceptions, half truths and contradictions coming from magazines, the internet, books and the media that many people don’t know what to believe.

The service that a trainer provides can be defined in many ways but should involve more than just handing you a training program and holding your hand while you work out. Although most people are just looking for a personal trainer to guide them through an exercise and fitness program to ultimately reach their specific goal weight or certain fitness level, you may actually want or expect more than that, AND YOU SHOULD!

Perhaps you want to learn about proper weight training technique or how to improve your cardiovascular fitness, how to eat better for health, eat better for improved sporting performance, manage or rehabilitate injuries, or maybe just someone to motivate you. The experience you have with a personal trainer then will become an educational one and not just purely about exercising.

It’s quite reasonable for you to have several questions when you first start out exercising or when beginning a new fitness regime. You may want in-depth answers to help you understand the reasoning behind the decisions that are made about your training plan. These sorts of discussions can help improve the relationship you have with your trainer and increase your own level of commitment to your training. Over time you will eventually develop basic knowledge putting you in a better position to make your own decision in relation to exercise and healthy eating in your daily life without having to refer to your trainer every step of the way.


You want a trainer that you are going to get along and feel comfortable with. Most training sessions are generally one on one or small groups so having a trainer that you can trust will not only make your sessions more enjoyable but also something you look forward to. Most trainers should be easy going, be approachable, be highly motivational, able to inspire, and most of all come to your sessions with a smile and a positive attitude.


When beginning a new fitness regime you make a commitment to yourself and your trainer about changing your life in a positive way, and that level of commitment should also be made by your trainer. They should be making a commitment to you and your goals and will be with you every step of the way no matter how big or small that goal may be.

Able to Adapt

There are a few ways trainers need be able to adapt to any situation or individual. Everyone is different and personal trainers need to be aware that not everyone wants to be trained the same. You may be someone who wants to have high intensity sessions where you are pushed hard for every minute of the session or you may want a low key but effective session, and your trainer should be able to adapt your training program to suit your personality. At the same time your trainer should still be able to provide an effective session that will enjoy.

The weather can be a factor for outdoor training, through the wetter colder months, but there is no reason why you cannot keep you sessions going. You and your trainer should have a backup plan in place in case the weather is too harsh to exercise outdoors and at worst case be able to reschedule your session to the next day so you don’t fall behind in your training.


You want to feel comfortable during your sessions and your trainer should be accepting of each individual no matter what shape, size, beliefs or who they are. A trainer’s focus should solely be to get you fit and healthy and have you reaching the goals you are after. You also do not want to be forced to do something that you don’t feel comfortable doing, and your trainer should conduct you sessions where you feel comfortable in your surroundings so you may concentrate on your training session without any added perceived pressure.

Fitness Program and Variety

To get your desired result, your trainer should set up a program according to your goals no matter how big or small. Your initial sessions will start off at a relative level to your previous and current training ability. Although it is fantastic that you have taken the first step to start living a healthier life, you still must allow time for your body to adapt to the training workload otherwise more often than not injuries occur. Once your technique is correct and the correct recovery protocols are in place your trainer should slowly increase the intensity of your workout and give you more challenging exercises to perform. The last thing you want to do is have boring and repetitive training sessions, each session should be different to the previous session to keep things interesting and moving towards your fitness goals.

Feedback and follow up

Keeping track of your goals is a great way to provide motivation to keep going with the training and it is also a great way to view the changes that have been made in your progress as you pursue your ultimate goal. You trainer should be constantly be asking and check with you on how you are feeling and if you would like to change anything about your current exercise regime. This way you’re going to enjoy your training and be another step closer towards the results you want.

Enjoyable and Effective

Enjoyable and Effective, it is what makes a great trainer. You want to be able to enjoy your session and have the occasional laugh whilst still knowing that you are getting an effective training workout. You will be more likely to stick with it and feel much better about yourself if your sessions are enjoyable and fun.

Value for Money

As mentioned earlier and what matters most is you want to get good value for money. A good trainer should have all the attributes mentioned above and that extra wow factor! Their knowledge, commitment, enjoyment and the big one, motivation should be second to none and make your fitness routine easy with no hassle!


Finding a suitable personal trainer is a worthwhile investment to help you reach your goals, but you are the only person who truly knows what you want.

If you don’t think you’ll be happy with a particular trainer, keep looking. Armed with a little bit of knowledge about what you should be looking for in a fitness trainer, you should now be able to make an informed choice to the type of personal trainer you deserve.

MaxNRG Personal Training is a mobile personal training company that operates throughout Melbourne. All our trainers are highly qualified and are the types of trainers who are willing to go above and beyond to be excellent and truly help people. Our goal is provide the best personal training services in Melbourne, Australia and transform the bodies of our clients to reach the exercise and fitness goals they are after.

To learn more about how we can help you, simply fill out our easy online contact form HERE or call us on 0403-741-278 and a member of our personal training team will discuss how we can provide the best possible support for you to succeed. Also visit First Aid Training Brampton. That knowledges can help in fitness classes of gym.

Fitness Advice

Motivation to Exercise tips from a Fitness Trainer.

Key to Motivation

Are you having trouble getting motivated to get off the couch or take that first step to starting to be active and improve your health and wellbeing?

I think we all know that it is hard to start something new or get back into a routine that we may have once had. That’s where motivation is a big factor in what we do. The fact is some people are highly motivated and some people lack motivation when it comes to being physically active.

There are many factors and barriers that explain the different levels of motivation each individual has and by looking at these we can try and change the way all currently live our lives.

Factors that can motivate people to getting fit and healthy:

  • It’s fun and enjoyable
  • Feeling of success and achievement
  • Constant support
  • Body image
  • Quality of life
  • Improved wellbeing
  • Social interactions
  • Approval from family and friends
  • Group support
  • Effective encouragement
  • Reduce the likely-hood of medical problems
  • Results!

Some barriers that some people may need to overcome towards getting fit and healthy are:

  • Lack of support
  • Access to fitness resources
  • Expectations
  • Self-confidence
  • Previous experiences
  • Lack of time
  • Inconvenience
  • Medical reasons
  • Bored
  • Lack of progress

To overcome these barriers and get you in the right mind set to get active, there are many ways you can go about finding the motivation you need.

Set goals

Goal setting is a fantastic way to set out what you want to achieve and the results you are looking for. You may have an ultimate goal you want to achieve over a certain period so by setting smaller goals within your main goal you can set out a plan that you can follow that will keep you on track to achieving the goal.  Make sure you goals are realistic and be sure to keep track of your progress so you can look back and re-evaluate your goals if necessary if your not getting the results your after. This will provide you with the energy and enthusiasm and a purpose for the result you are after and there is nothing better than the way you will be feeling once you achieve it!

A fitness contract

Write down on a piece of paper what you want to be doing and how you want to go about it.  Then get one of your closest friends, a family member or one of the fitness coaching programs specialists – so they can help you commit to it.  Once you have this contract clearly written out, along with your goals your aiming for, place the contract on your fridge or in a place that you frequently spend time at each day as a reminder of the goals you are wanting to achieve.  By having the contract visible and committing to someone close to you, it can be a really powerful way to provide that extra push you may need to not feel like you are letting someone else down and most of all not letting yourself down.

Social Influences

This can really assist with you level of motivation. Try surrounding yourself with positive people who will support you and motivate you to keep going. Having this extra support gives you the feeling that people want you to succeed.

Find solutions

You may think of 100 reasons why you think can’t train, but how many of those reason are really valid?  Take out a piece of paper and write down your excuses, and then once you have come up with you list I want you to go through each of them and write down a possible solution to eliminate that excuse. Write down the problem eg: “I don’t have time to exercise because I work all day” – Solution: get a FitnessTrainer to come during my lunch break for a session.  There are means and ways around getting motivated to do physical activity, the reality is that we all need to do it to live our lives to the fullest.

Prioritise your life

One of the most common excuses for not exercising is ”I don’t have the time too’, but to be honest I don’t think I am yet to meet a person that could not find 30mins-1 hour three or four times a week to look after themselves.  There is 168 hours a week and you honestly can’t manage a few hours to keep yourself healthy?  I’m sure if you were to list the 5 most important things in your life right now, you health and your families health would be high on the list, watching television or using the computer would not be, but I’m sure a lot of people spend plenty of time a week doing that.

Have A Motivator That Works For You?

What keeps you going on those days that you’d rather sit on the couch than workout? Perhaps what motivates you will work for someone else. Please share.

Fitness Advice

Training for Strength

Strength training is a fairly broad term that covers all forms of exercise aimed at developing strength, as well as the size of the skeletal muscles. It can help in boosting overall health and will provide important functional benefits, as long as it is performed properly. If you are dealing with nerve damage or pain, Neuropathy Relief Guide wrote this excellent article.

There are many benefits of strength training:

  • Assists with the control of obesity and weight gain
  • Increases strength
  • Increase in muscle tissue
  • Increased metabolic rate
  • Can improve posture
  • Increases joint strength and stability
  • Enhances functional strength
  • Decreases degenerative diseases – arthritis
  • Boosts self esteem
  • Enhances sports performance
  • Decreases the risk of injury
  • Decreases blood pressure and diabetes
  • Increases energy expenditure (which benefits fat loss)

Compound versus Isolated exercises for strength

Compound exercises use more the one joint in a movement through exercise and is more functional and efficient when working out compared to isolation exercises. By using compound exercise you will improve your overall strength and will feel the benefits through a larger range of muscles in your body.

Some examples of compound exercises are: push ups, dead lifts, squats, chin ups, bench press, push press.  In all the examples listed above, multiple muscle groups are being used eg. With the push up you are using your chest, shoulders, triceps as well as your core muscles as stabilisers.

Isolated exercises just use one joint in a movement. This only concentrates on one muscle which is only beneficial if you wish to build up that specific muscle/joint. An example of an isolated exercise is a bicep curl. With the bicep curl, the biceps brachii is the only muscle being used with only a small involvement from the other muscles in your body as stabilisers.

For overall body strength and size, try using compound exercises in your workout routine.

What equipment can I use?

There are so many different types of equipment that can help you build for strength and size.

Free weights, Pin loaded machines, Hydraulic machines, resistance bands, kettlebells, medicine ball, Cable machine, Isokinetic equipment are just some of the types of equipment available.

You also don’t need any equipment at all, as there are plenty of body weight exercises to assist you in reaching your strength goals.

Free Weights

Examples: Dumbbells, Barbells and Kettlebells


  • Good for stability and strength
  • More functional movement than machine weights
  • High muscle activation
  • Promotes stabiliser muscles to work harder
  • A wide range of exercise variety
  • Are inexpensive to purchase
  • Don’t take up to much room

Pin Loaded Machine

Examples: Lat Pull down, Cable Machine, Seated chest press, Seated row


  • Good for beginners
  • Easy to change weight load
  • Great for circuit training
  • Good for rehabilitation
  • Can isolate specific muscles and range of motions

Hydraulic Machine

Are machines that use compression to control movement speed and maximise effort through a full range of motion. These machines are often used in circuit training.

Things to consider when building strength

  • Make sure to set up equipment to suit your body shape and size
  • Keep a slow and steady lifting speed
  • Breathe out on exertion (the hard bit)
  • Maintain good posture
  • Don’t start off to heavy, slowly build up
  • Get a personal trainer to offer assistance and advice

Strength training is a safe physical exercise provided that it is performed properly.  Weight training is one of the safest forms of this physical activity, but the slightest mistake in executing the routines can result in an injury. In order to avoid injuries and other discomforts, individuals should always check that they are performing the exercise correctly before using heavy weights.

MaxNRG Personal Training offers one-on one fitness training which is perfect for beginners looking to start physical exercise.  We provide constant supervision ensuring correct technique and assistance, therefore reducing the chance of injury and ensuring you work to your maximum potential and ability.

If you would like to receive a FREE, no obligations training session from one of our highly qualified registered Exercise Professional of Fitness Australia, fill out our simple online contact form or call us on 0403-741-278


Begin the day the right way – EAT BREAKFAST!

Breakfast is the first meal of the day, and starting with a nutritious breakfast is an easy way to improve you overall wellbeing and boost your ability to function well throughout the day.

Why is breakfast important?

  • People who eat breakfast make better choices over the rest of the day
  • Generally have better diets overall
  • Have lower cholesterol levels
  • Is a perfect meal to refuel you body and brain
  • A healthy breakfast boosts your nutrition intake such as fibre, calcium, iron, folate, riboflavin, vitamin A and C and Zinc and decreases the intake of fat
  • Breakfast eaters have more chance to have improved short term memory function and heightened alertness which can assist in the learning and efficiency at work or school
  • Puts you in a positive mood and reduces stress levels
  • Teenagers that stick to regular breakfast eating habits will receive the nutrients and energy which is highly recommended throughout their important growth and development stage.

Most people have dinner between 6pm-8pm every night.  If you are skipping breakfast and therefore making lunch your first meal for the day, your body has not been given any nutrients for almost 15-18 hours and will cause a whole bunch of problems, especially if you are trying to either gain or lose weight.  One of the major problems this causes is a big drop in you metabolic rate, which is one of the worst things possible when trying to lose body fat.

A more in depth look at metabolism and how it effects weight loss will be coming to the MaxNRG Personal Training Blog soon.

Some healthy breakfast suggestions

  • French Toast
  • Poached eggs
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Omelette
  • Porridge
  • Muesli
  • Low fat yogurt

Here is a quick and easy breakfast recipe



  • 1 ½ cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • Dribble of honey


  1. Combine oats and water in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes
  3. Stir in the milk and mashed banana
  4. Dribble honey over the top

Enjoy your meal and remember a healthy breakfast does not need to be hard, keep it simple and nutritious and you will feel the benefits.