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Personal Trainer Series Part Two: What to Look For In a Personal Trainer

written by: Chrissie • edited by: Angela Atkinson • updated: 10/27/2010

If you have made the decision to hire a personal trainer, you may be thinking ‘now what?’. This article highlights how to go about finding a personal trainer, and what you need to look for in the decision making process.

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    You've made the choice to hire a personal trainer. Good for you! Choosing your personal trainer is an important decision that may just change your life! Now that you're ready, how do you go about finding a properly qualified personal trainer who's right for you?

    The yellow pages will be your first stop if you aren’t a member of a health club or gym. Many gyms offer personal training as a benefit to membership, so gym members may want to check there first. Hire your personal trainer like you would hire any other service provider. Check his or her credentials to ensure that he or she is qualified, and be sure to conduct a thorough interview to ensure that you can work together effectively.

    Personal trainers who work through a gym will already have their credentials verified, so this can be a good place to start. You want a certified and qualified trainer who is well versed in how to meet your needs. If you are starting your search from scratch, find out what fitness certification credentials your prospective trainer has, and research the institutions yourself.

    You also will narrow down your prospects through their fee structure. Most personal trainers will charge anywhere from $30 to $150 per hour, depending on their clientele, experience, and training location. Often you will be absorbing the cost of insurance and facility use, so take the fee into heavy consideration. If you are just starting out, someone on the lower end that will come to your home to teach you some basics may be all you need. Hiring a trainer through your local gym or health club may be very affordable, as often these fees are tailored to the members of the facility.

    You’ve found a few prospects, researched their credentials, and decided what you can afford. Now what? Shorten your list using the good old fashioned interview method. An effective blend of personality traits is very important when choosing a personal trainer. You want someone who is strong enough to motivate you, but kind enough to support you as well. Ask your prospects about the things that mean the most to you. Check that your communication styles are compatible, and make sure that their policies and procedures will blend with your lifestyle. You also want to make sure they have liability insurance and a good personal trainer will want you to fill out a medical clearance form before they develop your program.

    After you have completed your interviews, you should have a good idea of who you want to work with. At this point, your gut instinct will play a large role. Who do you feel the most comfortable with? Who do you think will do the best job for you? Using this method to hire your personal trainer will have you well on your way to establishing a relationship that can change the way you view an active lifestyle forever.