How to Choose Personal Fitness Trainers for Lifelong Success

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Are you tired of feeling winded every time you take on a flight of stairs? Are your chronically misfitting clothes making you lose confidence in yourself? If this sounds like you, it seems like it’s time for you to make a serious commitment to getting fit for life.

Of course, making such a serious, permanent life change is often easier said than done; that’s why so many fail when trying to do it alone. If you’re tired of being out of shape, a personal trainer can help, so long as you know how to choose the best out of the 250,000-plus people doing personal training work in the U.S., as tallied by IBIS World.

How to Narrow Down Your Search for a Personal Fitness Trainers

  1. Look for Professional Recommendations
  2. As Spark People details, one of the best ways to find a reliable personal fitness trainer is by asking for recommendations from other professionals that they likely have a working relationship with. For example, if you’re working with a sports nutritionist, there is a good chance they maintain relationships with local personal fitness trainers. Even your doctor might have a good recommendation. It never hurts to ask.

  3. Ask About Their Rates Before You Start Working Together
  4. Depending on where you live and the clientele a trainer you’re considering typically works with, the price for working with a trainer can range from cheap to downright exorbitant. That’s why the American Council on Exercise warns that everyone should know the price of their trainer before beginning work with them. An unexpected bill is the last thing anybody needs to deal with when they’re going through a big life change.

  5. Have a Preliminary Meeting So You Can Gauge Your Chemistry
  6. While the pricing and ability of the personal fitness trainers you’re considering are extremely important things to consider, CNN astutely suggests you take a meeting with each trainer before hiring them. Ask questions about their training methods and try to strike up a conversation. Do you like how they act, and do you like how they talk to you? Nothing can ruin the effectiveness of a personal training program quite like clashing personalities.

Do you work with a personal fitness trainer? What are the qualities you looked for to choose your personal fitness instructor? Share your story in the comment section below. Continue reading here:

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