Why You Need To Be Picky About Choosing A Personal Trainer and How To Find A Good One

I’ve been a trainer for almost 15 years.  I’ve seen a lot and I’ve trained a lot.   In this article I’m going to share with you why you need to be choosy about your trainer, be willing to spend a little extra to work with an expert, and how to find a good one that’s a good fit for you.

First of all, let me say right up front up front that if you’re not willing to pay but $15 for  a training session, you’re going to get a subpar outcome.  It’s just the truth.  You get what you pay for.  Keep  in mind that a very thorough and knowledgeable trainer has spent a lot of time and money on certifications, workshops, research, education, and good old trial and error experience.   Don’t expect to see results and achieve solid health and fitness goals whilst being a tightwad.  It’s interesting to me that people never question a doctor about his fee for a visit (and God knows those can be freakin’ expensive), they never dicker with the girl or guy who cuts and/or colors their hair once a month ($30-$100).  They go and get your nails down once or twice a month ($50-$100).  They go out to eat several times in a month ($150), but you don’t want to spend enough money to get your biggest asset, your body, looking and feeling its best.   I’ll say it again, you get what you pay for.  So don’t complain when you’re paying your trainer nothing and getting no results. My personal motto with anything is if it’s expensive, you will appreciate it more and value it more.  If you’re paying for really good classes, you’re going to show up.  If they’re cheap or free, you don’t value them so much.  Just human nature.

Second, how much experience do they have?  Did they just get certified last week?  Ask your trainer how long they’ve been at this vocation.  There is no better teacher than experience.   Are they safe?  Are they getting their clients hurt?  Are they just handing out their own super advanced workout to their clients without scaling it down based on the client’s physical condition, prior injuries or conditions?   Do they listen to your goals or are they trying to give you theirs?  All things to consider.

Third, do they even look like they workout and take care of themselves?  I’ve seen my fair share of trainers who need to practice what they preach or abandon their own training philosophies for ones that actually work!  I’ll use the doctor analogy again.  It’s a hard to pill to swallow (pun totally intended) when your doctor is grossly overweight and he’s giving you health/medical advice.  You want someone who looks the part, right?   

Fourth, are they knowledgeable?  This goes with number one above.  Do they have resources to offer you or a website with helpful info and maybe even testimonials to back up their work?  Do they provide you with information and help educate you on their training philosophy?  Can they explain to you how and why they train the way they do?   Are there other clients getting results?  Do they give you a cookie cutter workout and eating plan or do they individualize based on your personal needs and goals?  If you’ve been training with them for a while, are you seeing and feeling results?  Are you expecting something for nothing?  Want results but don’t want to pay for the service?  These are all questions you  need to ask yourself (and you know the right answers).

So bottomline, ask your prospective trainer about their philosophy, ask about their certifications and experience, ask to see testimonials of other clients they’ve worked with.  Also, remember, you get what you pay for.  You want fast food, go to McDonald’s.  You want a good, quality steak, go to Ruth Chris.  You want a so-so trainer, you’ll get so-so results (if any at all).  You want a good or even expert trainer, you have to be willing to pay for them AND you have to be willing to follow their protocol to get results.  Do they have solid experience that shows in their physique?   You can’t hide healthy and fit and it’s hard to take fitness advice from an overweight out of shape trainer (it’s even difficult for me to type those words next to each other — complete oxymoron). 

So those are just a few things to consider in your quest for fitness.  Take your health and fitness choices seriously.  Your body is your biggest and most precious asset.  Take care of it and do what it takes to be truly healthy and fit!

Wishing you all the best in your quest!


Melissa “Titanium” Shore