More than Just a Workout

How to Choose a Trainer Checklist

Here are some items to consider when choosing a personal trainer:

  1. Reputation: Ask for referrals from friends, family members, or your doctor. Read online reviews and check their social media pages to get a sense of their professional reputation.
  2. Personality and communication: A good personal trainer should be a good listener, supportive, and able to communicate effectively. Choose a trainer who you feel comfortable talking to and who has a personality that you enjoy.
  3. Experience: Look for a trainer with expertise in your specific goals and fitness level. If you have any medical conditions or injuries, look for a trainer who has experience working with clients in similar situations.
  4. Initial consultation: Most personal trainers offer a free initial consultation. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions, discuss your goals, and get a sense of the trainer’s style and approach.
  5. Goals and approach: Ensure the trainer understands your goals and that their approach aligns with your fitness and lifestyle needs.
  6. Availability: Consider the trainer’s schedule and location and ensure it fits your availability.
  7. Accountability: Check if your trainer offers training or nutrition check-ins between training days. 
  8. Cancellation: Determine the policy for your canceling, and also understand if your trainer cancels sessions on you.
  9. Cost: Consider the cost of personal training sessions and determine if it fits your budget. Don’t sacrifice quality for the price, but be mindful of what you can afford.
  10. Qualifications: Make sure your personal trainer has a valid certification from a reputable organization, such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), the Athletic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  11. Insurance: Ensure the trainer has liability insurance to protect both of you in case of injury during training sessions.

Finding the right personal trainer can maximize your chances of success and reaching your fitness goals.