Tips for Finding the Right Personal Trainer

Personal Training Institute Trainer Kristen Welfel

Do you lack the motivation to exercise on your own? Would you like to design your own exercise program? Do you have specific exercise goals? If so, hiring a personal trainer may be just what you need.

A personal trainer will design the right workout plan to help you set and meet your goals. In addition, a personal trainer will teach you proper techniques, keeping you safe from injury and helping you get the most out of your workout.

AOL Health offers some tips on selecting a personal trainer: 

Finding a trainer: Contact your local gym or fitness center, which often offer personal training packages for an additional fee. Look for trainers online, in your local newspaper or Yellow Pages. Some trainers may be willing to travel to your home. (But you should be sure to conduct a background check on these professionals.)

Try out a trainer. Ask for a list of trainers at your gym, and then observe them to see if you like how they interact with their clients. Get a referral from a friend or other gym members. You can often buy one session and see if the trainer is a good fit for you. 

Check credentials. Look for a reputable certification and a degree in the exercise/fitness field. Ask for references from other clients and discuss the trainer’s past experience. Here are some organizations and websites that certify trainers:

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE):
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association:
  • IDEA Health and Fitness Association:
  • Other certifications include the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

Package details.  Don’t shy away from hiring a trainer because you think doing so is just for the rich and famous. Gyms often offer package deals and payment options. One inexpensive option is group training—exercise with friends to save money.

Pitfalls to avoid. Beware a trainer who tries to sell supplements. The average person can get all the nutrients needed from a healthy diet and does not need protein powders and herbs. Be careful about getting nutritional advice from a trainer. Only a registered dietitian is qualified to give diet advice.

Do your homework before hiring someone to make sure you get the expertise you need. Soon you’ll be on your way to meeting your fitness goals!


Patch invites readers to share their own experiences with personal trainers. Personal trainers are also encouraged to blog on Patch with additional tips.

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