Important facts about working with a Fitness Trainer

What does a fitness trainer do?

A personal fitness trainer should be your committed partner in helping you to adopt a more healthful lifestyle. He or she will provide the information and tools you need to be successful and should be a major supporter of your quest to become leaner, have more strength and endurance, be more limber and to lower some of your risk factors for many serious diseases.

Who needs a fitness trainer?

You can benefit from working with a good trainer no matter what your present condition is, from couch potato to competitive athlete. He or she can provide the right direction and objectivity that most well designed exercise plans need to be as effective as possible.

What can a trainer do for me?

The right trainer can mean the difference between spinning your wheels and risking injury, or using your time effectively and exceeding your goals. If using your time wisely and getting the most out of your efforts is your goal, you should consider an experienced, certified trainer.

What qualities should I look for in a trainer?

The best trainers will meet with you free of charge to share their philosophies and to let you determine whether it feels like a “good fit.” Read this article to learn more: Look for the Three "C's" of Personal Fitness Training

How often should I work with a trainer?

This should be based on your goals and your own boundaries like schedule and finances. Many trainers have clients they see anywhere from several times each week to periodic sessions to touch base and make program adjustments.

For how long should I work with a trainer?

Like the frequency of sessions, the length of time you work with a trainer depends on your individual needs, which may vary widely. This is something you should discuss with your potential trainer at your consultation. His or her recommendations should make sense and feel right to you. The decision is ultimately yours.

How much will it cost?

Nationally certified (NASM, ACSM, ACE, NSCA), experienced trainers generally charge between $50 and $100 per hour (or more). Like tax accountants, attorneys and other professionals, if you find one who charges much less, you should be very careful about confirming his or her qualifications and references. The better trainers will prove a great investment by saving you time and wasted effort and by helping you to avoid injury and to live a more vital, energetic and healthful life!