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How to Choose a Personal Trainer

By Anne Keckler | February 22, 2008

As I mentioned before, there are many benefits to hiring a personal trainer. It’s not just for the rich and famous, anymore.

A personal trainer can assess your fitness level, prescribe an exercise and eating plan for you, customize that plan to your individual needs, teach you proper form for doing the exercises to ensure your safety, motivate you to stick with it and to do more than you might do on your own (as appropriate), and modify your program when necessary.

But it’s important to be sure you hire the right personal trainer for you. Be sure you interview your trainer, and don’t just take whoever your gym wants to assign to you. Here are some questions to ask your trainer:



In Summary

Most people hire a trainer based on the physique of the trainer. Keep in mind that your trainer might not have the same goals as you, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t know how to help you achieve your goals. For example, I am currently working on strength, so I’m not the skinniest girl in the gym. I’m not fat, either. But if you want to lose bodyfat, I know how to do that. I’ve done it before.

A young guy might have a great physique just because he is young, has good genes, and has never been out of shape. That doesn’t mean he knows anything about getting back into shape after a long layoff. It also doesn’t necessarily mean he doesn’t!

If a trainer is offended by any of your questions or concerns, simply ask for a different trainer. It’s as easy as saying, “I’d like to speak to other trainers before I make a decision.” Ask if you can make an appointment, or if there is one available then, if you have the time.

Don’t hire a personal trainer based on his or her appearance. Ask for an interview, at least, or even a trial session.

Watch for my next post: After the Interview or First Session

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