How to Choose a Personal Trainer

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

Ben Greenfield
5-minute read
Episode #25

Since I realize that my Get-Fit Guy information gives you 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?.

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!


All content here is for informational purposes only. This content does not replace the professional judgment of your own health provider. Please consult a licensed health professional for all individual questions and issues.

About the Author

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology; personal training and strength and conditioning certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA); a sports nutrition certification from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), an advanced bicycle fitting certification from Serotta. He has over 11 years’ experience in coaching professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes from all sports, and as helped hundreds of clients achieve weight loss and fitness success.