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Finding a Personal Trainer

written by: Jennifer G • edited by: Angela Atkinson • updated: 6/29/2011

Anyone who is serious about getting in shape can maximize the effects of their workouts with the help of a good personal trainer. Searching for one can be challenging because there are so many to choose from. Learn about finding a personal trainer and what qualifications they should posses.

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    What a Personal Trainer Does

    One of the best ways to ensure that you will accomplish your fitness goals is to hire a personal trainer. This person can map out everything that you will need to do in order to get in shape. You will receive one-on-one assistance during your workouts. It's also a way for you to get the emotional support and encouragement you may need in order to stick to your fitness routine. Make finding the right personal trainer a top priority.

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    What Makes a Good Personal Trainer?

    Look for someone who is certified through a legitimate fitness program. The ideal personal trainer will have good people skills. People who are interested in fitness come from all walks of life, each with their own unique set of issues.

    A personal trainer must be understanding and sensitive to a person's needs. It's also important to find a personal trainer that's a good listener. Fitness and weight are very sensitive topics for many people, and it's up to the personal trainer to make people feel comfortable opening up.

    A personal trainer must also be willing to treat each of their clients as individuals. That means they must be willing to and develop workout plans based on a client's individual needs, and not take the one size fits all approach.

    It's also a good idea to have a personal trainer who has worked with people facing a variety of situations. This helps him or her to understand how to adjust a fitness routine under any circumstance. For example, someone who is recovering from an accident, has heart problems, or who has a disability would have specific needs that must be addressed.

    They should also know how to assist teens, young adults, and seniors. A professional attitude is also very important, which means the personal trainer will show up on time for scheduled sessions and give you his or her undivided attention.

    Finding a personal trainer that you can get along with is very important, too. Some will offer a free trial session. This is a great opportunity to find out if you're a good match.

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    Finding a Personal Trainer

    One place that you can begin your search for a good personal trainer is your local YMCA. This can be a very cost effective option. Branches in some cities even offer a limited amount of free sessions with membership. Another place you can try is a gym. This might cost more, but in some cases, you may find a more experienced trainer.

    Word of mouth may be the best way to find your trainer. This way, you can gain insight on a number of different personal trainers and get a better idea of what you want in a trainer.