HOW TO: Choose Your Personal Trainer

Now that you have made the decision to get fit, it's time to meet your new best friend—a qualified Personal Trainer to help you embark on your wellness journey.

Finding the right personal trainer to get you to where you want to be is beneficial, especially if you are new to the fitness scene. This is a bit harder than just finding someone with a nice physique. There are some things that you must look for when you’re seeking out a personal trainer. The right match will ensure that you progress and are enjoying your regimen along the way. A few tips on your search...


Some people like to be pushed to their limits, they need constant motivation and a trainer that cuts no slack when it comes to achieving their fitness goals. A drill sergeant if you will, who is in your face until the very last rep and pushes you to the extreme.

Some people may need gentle and positive reinforcement to reach their goals, to be shown what to do and when to do it, but not an in your face “ONE MORE REP” type of trainer. 

Be aware of your personal fitness goals and what it will take to motivate you to get there.  If it takes testing out a couple of trainers to find the right match, then so be it. This is your body and your budget after all.


A successful personal trainer should be well certified and have plenty of happy clients who are content with the results they’ve achieved in their time training with them.

Ask for client referrals and success stories to see if your new trainer is legit. No clients and no referrals is a no go. You should find someone who has a bunch of happy and satisfied clients who are willing to share their experiences and discuss if this trainer would be right for you.

Remember the proof is in the pudding, so do your digging and you’ll be happy you put in the extra work later.


Personal trainers need to be officially certified, and you, looking for a legit trainer, need to be assertive and ask for the proof. No certs = no bueno, on to the next.

Some popular and well recognized associations are the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM); National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

Certification is a must in this game, and if they cannot provide any proof of legit certification, it’s time to move on and find someone with real credentials and experience.


Is your trainer super busy? Does he or she have too many clients already? Know the attention you will need and the amount of time that you want to be with your trainer.  If he/she cannot meet these requirements, find someone new.

There are plenty of fish in the sea and it is in your best interest to do some fishing in order to get the body you deserve. Find someone who can align with your schedule and meet your ultimate objectives. You're the one cashing out, remember that and be selective accordingly.


Last but not least, a great personal trainer should be someone you can vibe with.  It gets a little awkward when you can’t find much to talk about and silence is only broken with rep counts and directions to the next weight station.

Find someone who you spark a connection with when you meet, someone who will make this whole working out thing more like a game instead of a chore. Maybe you both like talking about the last episode of the Walking Dead or you just like the way the workout seems to fly by because you’re actually having fun.

Achieving your personal wellness goals is tough but it shouldn't be miserable.  Check those certs, find someone who can fit into your busy schedule and remember, the proof is in the pudding. So look for someone you can have fun with and push you at the same time. Balance is the key! 

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  • Unlimited group fitness classes including Pilates, Yoga, Spin, etc.
  • Standard Gym Membership (access to main floors)
  • Unlimited Group Training Sessions
  • (2) Olympic Weightlifting Sessions
  • Access to our pools & infrared saunas
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