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Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA   

Choosing the Right Personal Trainer is Important for Many Reasons.

  • Personal training can be expensive.

  • It is important to learn how to train correctly.

  • You want a personal trainer that can motivate you.

  • You want a personal trainer that you get along with and understands your strengths, weaknesses, and limitations and understands how to work with these things to bring out the very best in you.

  • You need to be comfortable with the trainer and able to understand his or her directions.

Things to Consider when Choosing the Right Personal Trainer

  • What are the trainer's professional credentials? Is he or she certified by ACSM, ACE, or NSCA?

  • What is the trainers experience level?
  • Does the trainer keep up with the latest ideas, research, and equipment?
  • Has the trainer worked with other clients with your same starting fitness level and age?
  • If you are training for a specific sport goal, such as walking a marathon, has the trainer worked with others who have that goal?

  • What hours does the trainer have available, and what flexibility will there be in scheduling your workouts?

  • Is a trial session available for free or a low fee? If you like the trainer, book just a couple of sessions as a trial before you buy a package of sessions.

  • What are the fees the trainer charges?  You will want to research fees of other trainers in your area to see what the going rate is.

  • What is the penalty for having to cancel a workout?

  • Does the trainer offer package discounts? If so, do package agreements have an expiration date? Are they transferable to other trainers at the same facility?

  • Is the trainer part of a company? If so, can you choose other trainers in the company if so desired?

  • Does the trainer carry insurance?
  • Do they have their own training facility or will you need to purchase an addiitonal gym membership?
  • Does the trainer offer in home training?
  • Is the trainer also experienced in nutrition, custom diets and custom training programs?
  • Does the trainer have experienced with injury rehab? Stretching?  

After the Interview/Workout Session

I recommend going through a workout with the trainer before making your decision - how he or she communicates with you throughout the workout is what really counts. After you've done this, ask the following:

  • Did I understand how the trainer was directing me to do the exercises?

  • Was the trainer focusing on me? providing clear direction? Providing encouragement? providing a safe spot when needed?
  • Did the trainer encourage me to give feedback, or did I feel intimidated and clam up?

  • Did the trainer listen to and understand what I was saying and adjust the session so I could do the exercises correctly?

  • Did the trainer understand my goals and seem to be gearing the workout in that direction?

  • Is this somebody I will feel comfortable working out with?

  • Did he or she motivate me to perform better?

  • Will I look forward to coming to workout with this trainer, or am I likely to find excuses to miss workouts?

About Jeff Behar 

Jeff Behar
Jeff Behar, MS, MBA
JeffBehar, MS, MBA is a recognized health, fitness and nutrition expert, regularly writing about hot topics in the areas ofhealth, fitness, disease prevention, nutrition, anti aging and alternative medicine. His work also often appears inseveral of the major health and fitness newsletters, health and fitness magazines, and on  major health, andfitness websites. Behar is also a well sought after personal trainer, motivational speaker, and weight loss expert.



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