Ask around. You trust your friends and family for all kinds of recommendations, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they could help recommend a personal trainer as well. If they haven’t worked with one, they probably know someone who has. Plus, word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a trainer that you can both trust and respect.
Look at specialties. Most personal trainers have a handful of focuses that they specialize in such as rehabilitation, sports medicine or prenatal exercise. Look for a trainer that aligns with your individual needs and fitness goals for better success.
Review backgrounds. It’s important that you find a trainer that is certified and educated. After all, you are trusting your body with this person! So, ask where they studied and what certifications they have. It will make you feel more confident that you have a trainer onboard with the knowledge you need.
Look at testimonials. Most personal trainers have a website or a Facebook page, and those digital experiences probably have some reviews. It only takes a minute to look them up and read from others just like you that took the plunge and started training. See how they liked it and what their results were.
Have a chat. The bottom line is that you both have to be able to work together. If your trainer passes all the checkpoints, schedule a meeting and see if your personalities mesh well together.
Steve Orlando is the owner of SO FIT Personal Training, with personal training, group fitness and nutrition services. Steve has more than 15 years of industry experience with a wide range of clients.