How to Choose a Personal Trainer

Find out how to select the best trainer so you can reach your fitness goals faster.

Ben Greenfield,
January 23, 2012
Episode #025

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Since I realize that my Get-Fit Guy information gives you with everything you could ever want when it comes to all-powerful exercise knowledge, and you couldn’t possibly ever need any extra help achieving your fitness goals, I can’t imagine why I would need to tell you how to choose a personal trainer. OK, maybe just a few of you want a bit of extra help, or perhaps just a friendly face-to-face encounter with a knowledgeable fitness professional. Just promise me you won’t leave me if I give you the secrets of how to choose a personal trainer, what to expect during a personal training session, and how to get the best results from a personal trainer. Deal?

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What Is A Personal Trainer?

Let’s start with the basics. A personal trainer is a certified exercise professional who has studied for and successfully passed an examination on topics such as anatomy, physiology, basic nutrition, and, of course exercise. Often, a personal trainer also has a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an exercise science related field. Typically, a personal trainer helps you to reach your fitness goal faster than you would have yourself--or they might simply help you identify what your goals should be!

Where to Find Personal Trainers

Your gym is the best place to look for a personal trainer, since the trainers there will be probably be more financially affordable as a part of your gym’s membership package.

If you’re not a member of a gym, you can find a personal trainer at a private studio. Typically, in a studio setting, the only people exercising are actually working out with a personal trainer whom they have hired, so studios are smaller, but less crowded. Often, personal trainers who own a private studio tend to be more highly qualified or knowledgeable than trainers at a public gym. Of course, they also tend to be slightly more expensive!


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