Finding Your Personal Trainer

There is still the massive misconception out there that personal trainers are only for celebrities, body builders and the rich and famous. The fact is that more than 5 million people in the United States have a personal trainer. This is because the days of the personal trainer charging thousands of dollars are gone. Today it has become easier and more affordable for anyone that truly wants a personal trainer to find one. If you are serious about overcoming the obstacles that are standing in your way as far as your fitness is concerned it is time to make the best investment you can, hire a personal trainer.

Let’s start with the cost of hiring a personal trainer. Honestly this is going to vary depending on where you live, the type of personal training you are getting, and what is included in the fee. For example if you are in the Chicago area or New York City you could be looking at paying around $125 per hour, but this includes a gym membership that the personal trainer will accompany you on two times per week. In other areas such as Tulsa you could expect to pay between $25 to $50 per hour. If you are looking for a personal trainer to help you with weight training then the rate is different than a personal trainer that specializes in boxing or kick boxing.

Now before you get excited and say that is still expensive, consider the amount of money you have already spent on gym memberships you don’t use, weight loss pills, fad diet plans and exercise equipment that is collecting dust around your house. All of those things didn’t help you achieve your health and weight loss goals, a personal trainer is going to help you achieve those goals.

This doesn’t mean that you should run out and hire the first personal trainer you come across. You need to make sure that the personal trainer you hire matches your needs and workout style… to a certain degree. Sometimes it is the workout style that you have that is ineffective, so you want to find a personal trainer that is going to listen to what you have done, what you like to do and why hasn’t worked for you… and let them create a workout routine for you. Naturally if you hate swimming and they are going to build an entire routine around the pool this is not the personal trainer for you.

How do you find a personal trainer? There are a couple of different ways you can do this. First you can talk to family and friends that work out and see if there is anyone that they recommend. You can also talk to your doctor or business associates. You can scan the Yellow Pages or talk to local gyms. You can sit down at the computer and do a simple internet search on personal trainers. Keep in mind that you are going to find a number of personal trainers, all with different qualifications, different sets of skills and different levels of experience. Write down the information on a few of them and get ready to make a few phone calls. It’s a good idea to write out the questions you want to ask them so that you are sure to get the answers you will need to make a decision.

What are the questions you should be asking your potential personal trainer? Here is a sample list of questions that you should get answers to:
  • What type of certification do they have?
  • What were the qualifications that they needed to meet in order to get that certification? (Educational requirements, written exam, practical exam, both)
  • What type and how much experience do they have? (While experience is not always a good indicator, generally a person with experience is considered a higher quality personal trainer.)
  • What is the charge per session, per week, per month, per two months?
  • What does the charge include? (gym time, meal planning and so on.)
  • What qualities does the personal trainer possess, such as motivational techniques, exercise plans?
  • What is their success rate? How many clients have they helped achieve their fitness goals? References?
  • How will they measure your progress and success?

Once you have found a personal trainer that answers all of these questions or most of them to your satisfaction schedule a session with them. Remember you can say anything on the phone, you want to see if they deliver on what they said on the phone.

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