A personal trainer can help you develop an exercise program, evaluate your level of fitness, and help you achieve your goals.
Here are some tips on choosing a personal trainer.
First and foremost, your personal trainer should be certified. There are a number of credible certifying bodies, including the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA), and the National Exercise Trainer’s Association (NFPT).
Ask any potential fitness trainer if they are a member and ask to see copies of their certification. Ask if they have any specialized areas of training. Make sure that the certification is current.
Ask for references, especially references that are from clients who have the same goals that you have. Take the time to call these people. It can really give you a heads up about the trainer you are considering.
Go out of your way to talk with the trainer personally. Trust your feelings. If you are a bit put off or there seems to be a conflict with the scheduling, be ready to say no. This is not boot camp, but your program. You are the final word.
Talk rates. Know exactly how much one-on-one time you will get. Do you get a break on the rate if you pay in advance? Under what circumstances can you get out of the contract? Does a serious injury give you an automatic out on the contract? Or is it a pay as you go contract and you can end it when you want to?
Be sure to ask about professional liability insurance. In this day and age, carrying insurance is just good sense and is the mark of a true professional.