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How to choose a personal trainer

September 15, 2011
There was a time when just Hollywood celebrities attributed their fabulously fit bodies to their personal trainers. Not anymore. People of all ages, fitness levels and income brackets are hiring personal trainers to help them meet their fitness goals. Living a healthy lifestyle is becoming a top priority for many people, but they lack the direction and guidance needed to be successful.

This is where the personal trainer can help. After you have decided to hire a personal trainer, it’s important to find a trainer who will be the best fit for you, and there are many factors to consider. Trainers provide a wide variety of services and have different areas of expertise. Finding a trainer whose work schedule matches your schedule or fees that match your budget are also areas to consider.

First, you need to identify what you want. What are your goals--not only fitness goals, but your overall lifestyle goals? Making a change in lifestyle is rarely easy. You may only have the goal of being “healthy.” Your trainer can help you set realistic, attainable and specific goals.
To accomplish this you need to be able to talk openly with your trainer about yourself, not only telling them why you are there and what you want to achieve, but your medical history, as well. This is a very important first step in training: communication. Beginning a program with goals set, you now have a starting point in which to move forward.

Personal training certifications Quick read more or view full article let you know that your trainer has been educated in the field of exercise physiology, anatomy and injury prevention. Many trainers also hold a four-year degree in a fitness-related field. The higher level of education and experience may provide additional confidence to you when making your choice. Some trainers also specialize in a certain area, such as a sports specific training, dealing with certain injuries, or age specific training. Seek out the trainer who specializes in the type of training you desire.

Another important factor is the availability and price of a trainer. You may want to work out two or three times a week during your lunch hour. Finding a trainer who fits into your schedule will help set you up for success. Price is also important. Hiring a personal trainer is an investment in you! You have options as to the frequency of your sessions. Some trainers offer a discounted package if you buy a certain number of sessions. You may even ask if a trainer will give you a free session to see their training style in action. Many trainers build their training business through referrals, so don’t hesitate to ask for references.

Give careful consideration to the importance of personality. Make sure that your trainer’s style fits your personality style. You may want a trainer that is more aggressive or maybe your style is more relaxed and low-key.

Making the decision to hire a personal trainer can help you on your journey to a healthy lifestyle. Taking the time to carefully choose your personal trainer will motivate you, keep you on track and make sure your work outs are safe, enjoyable and effective. Above all, find a trainer who “inspires” you!
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