What to Look for In a Personal Trainer

* Education: A personal trainer should be certified through a reputable personal training organization. An exercise science or other related college degree isn’t necessary, but the more education your trainer has, the better your workouts will be.
* CPR: your trainer should have an updated certification in CPR and/or first aid.
* Experience: Make sure your trainer has experience, especially in relation to your goals. For example, if you’re a bodybuilder, you want someone knowledgeable in that area.
* Specifics: If you have a specific medical problem, injury or condition (such as being pregnant, heart problems, diabetes, etc.) make sure your trainer has education in these areas and will work with your doctor.
* A good listener: A good trainer will listen closely to what you say and make sure she/he understands your goals.
* Attention: A good trainer will be focused only on you during your sessions.
* Tracking progress: A good trainer will regularly assess your progress and change things if necessary.

Personality is important too since you’ll be working very closely with this person. Make sure you get along with your trainer and feel comfortable asking questions.

How to Find a Personal Trainer

Look in your yellow pages.

Google search

Typically, the cost will be anywhere from $50 to $100 a session.

Some tips for doing a bit of investigation before you take the plunge:

* Get a referral from a friend who’s had success in reaching their goals with a personal trainer
* When you’re at the gym, watch trainers with their clients and see how they interact. Make a note of trainers who get along with their clients and seem fully involved in their workouts…that may be a good one to choose.
If you do get assigned to a trainer, make sure you tell the manager if you’d prefer a male trainer over a female trainer or vice versa, or if there’s anything special you’d like to work on (getting in shape before pregnancy, getting ready for a marathon, etc.) so you’ll get a trainer with experience in that area.

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