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Choose the Right Personal Trainer

By on June 18, 2015

You really want to improve your health and know you need help. So you plan to invest in a personal trainer but unsure of how to find one out of the approximately 250,000 practicing in the U.S. that fits with you. We’ve got you covered with five key criteria.

They Should Be Patient.

Trainers should understand that what works for one client may not work for another. He or she should do an assessment of your body when you first meet to familiarize themselves with your needs and set a comfortable pace for their clients.

Goals Should Be Tailored to You.

Finding a quality personal trainer is critical to meeting your goals. A good trainer will assess your individual abilities and needs, help you set realistic goals, personalize your workouts, and keep your workouts fresh and fun, so that you do not get bored.

Are They Educated?

As you search for a qualified personal trainer, consider their credentials. Is he or she certified by ACSM, ACE, or NSCA? You also want to inquire if the trainer worked with other clients with your same starting fitness level and age. This is key so you can be sure your trainer will work with you at your pace and level. Depending on your daily schedule, find out the hours the trainer is available, and the fees. And don’t forget to ask if there is a penalty for having to cancel a workout.

Is the Price Right?

Personal training fees vary based on a trainer’s experience and reputation. Although you may meet with your trainer more frequently at first, your financial investment should decrease as you become more independent, knowledgeable and fit.


Check the fees of other trainers in your area to see what the going rate is. It’s important to do your homework before you commit to a personal trainer. Remember a personal trainer should motivate you to a healthier you!

It Must Be a Good Fit.

Clients and personal trainers should understand and respect each other. There should be a good rapport. Some people like to exercise in the morning, some in the evening. Can a personal trainer accommodate your schedule?  Some people do better working with a trainer of the same sex; others prefer the opposite sex.

Word-of-mouth is also a good way to find a trainer, since it helps to get feedback from someone who has already used the trainer’s services. Just keep in mind that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. And check our site for personal trainers who have graced us with their expertise. 

Some content for this article provided by ACE.

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