5 Tips for Finding the Right Personal Trainer

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Hiring a personal trainer is not a one-size-fits-all process. Every trainer should have a certain level of experience, CPR certification and some other considerations – beyond that, however, each personal trainer may be significantly different than the next. Likewise, people who need personal training aren’t all the same, which is why you must choose a personal trainer carefully. Even though you may feel comfortable with the first trainer you talk to, it is a good idea to consult several potential trainers before making your final decision. Here are five things to look for when searching for the right personal trainer.

5. Check the Certification

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Simply being able to motivate someone doesn’t qualify one to be a personal trainer. Reputable personal trainers may have certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). There are other potential certifications out there. Do your research to make sure the education is sufficient.

4. Ask for References



It’s normal to read product reviews when buying electronics or other goods. Looking for a personal trainer isn’t any different. You want to be sure that the person you hire has adequate experience, results and satisfied clients. After all, you are investing your money, time and effort. Ask for client reviews of the trainer’s service. Before and after pictures are also helpful to see the level of success the trainer has accomplished. Find out if the trainer will give you contact info for previous clients so you can ask them specific questions.

3. Motivational Methods?

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You should choose your personal trainer based on the way you would like to be motivated. Part of the process is pushing you to work harder than you would otherwise. For this reason, the method of encouragement can vary greatly based upon your preferences and the personal trainer’s techniques. These techniques can range from drill-instructor to encouraging friend. You need to be comfortable with the person who is motivating you for the service to work. You should be interviewing potential personal trainers, their references and making your own expectations clear.

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