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by inKin
19 Jul

How To Choose The Right Personal Trainer

If you have fitness and/or weight-loss goals, you might consider hiring a personal trainer who will help you choose the right diet and exercise plan, and also hold you accountable and motivated.

You shouldn't just hire anyone who offers personal training services, however. If you know how to choose the right personal trainer, you can make the most out of these services. These are a few things that you should look for when you're shopping around for a personal trainer.
 

1. Make Sure Your Trainer Is Certified

First and foremost, you should make sure that your personal trainer is qualified for the job. Just because someone works out a lot does not mean that he or she is qualified to help others. For the best advice and your safety, you need to find someone who is certified.
There are a few certification organizations that are reputable. The National Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Council on Exercise, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and the National Strength and Conditioning Association are all reputable choices. You can also look for someone who has a degree in fitness, nutrition or both.
 

2. Look For A Personality That Works For You

Different personal trainers have different styles of training. Some like to take the hardcore approach, which can leave you feeling like you are in boot camp. This can be a good option for some people, but others might feel a little overwhelmed or a little upset by it. Others prefer personal trainers who are a bit more gentle with their encouragement. Ask each potential trainer about his or her style, and consider having a sit-down conversation with each to see who has the personality that works best for you.
 

3. Find Someone With The Right Type Of Focus

Different personal trainers focus on different things. Some focus more on weight training while others  -  on cardio. There is nothing wrong with either style, and it really is best to do a combination of each. Your goals will affect which type of trainer is best for you; for example, if you are overweight and have the main goal of weight loss, you might prefer a trainer who takes more of a fat burning approach. If you already work out but want to hone really in on strength training, you'll probably want to find a personal trainer who understands this and can truly help you with your goals.
 

4. Ask For Proof

Anyone can say that he or she has helped a lot of people with their weight loss and fitness goals, but you'll probably want to see proof. Good personal trainers enjoy talking about their success stories, such as the people who they have helped to lose a lot of weight or bulk up.
You can ask about clients who are of similar weight and age as you and who have similar goals. Then, ask your trainer to tell you about what he or she has helped these people to achieve. You may even want to ask for photos. This can give you an idea of whether the trainer has helped other people just like you.
 

Hiring a personal trainer can be one of the best decisions that you'll ever make. However, since you are trusting your body and health with the person that you hire, it's important to take the selection process seriously. Luckily, following these tips should help you choose the right personal trainer for you.

 

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