Things to Consider When Choosing a Personal Trainer

Things to Consider When Choosing a Personal Trainer

So you have decided you want to get into better shape.  Investing in your own health and fitness at any age is beneficial.  Improved physical fitness has many benefits:

  • Can lower health insurance premiums
  • Less doctor visits
  • Reduction in work missed due to illness or injury
  • Improved stamina
  • Better sleep
  • Longer life expectancy
  • More energy
  • Less chance for depression

However, for some of us, we don’t know where to start.  How fit am I?  What exercises are best for me to meet my goals?  That is where a personal trainer can help.  They can determine your current fitness level and help you customize a fitness program that will help you meet your goal.  Just as important, a trainer can help you be accountable.  They are regularly checking in on your progress and you will be less likely to blow off your workouts.

Set a fitness goal – This is important in order to help the trainer structure a program that can give you the success you desire.  For example, do you want to lose weight?  Or possibly firm an area?  Increase your stamina or train for a specific event?  Decide this so you can inform the trainer.  If you have an event make sure to share your time frame, this will help in determining the intensity you need to train at.


Location –Just like real estate the location of your personal trainer is VERY important.   Do they come to you or do you go to them?  If you travel to a facility is it convenient to either your home or work?  The more convenient, the more likely you are to stay with the program.


Cost – Personal training prices vary by where you live and how successful the trainer is.  Someone new to personal training may have lower prices in order to build up clientele.  You will also find increased prices in areas where there are fewer trainers than the demand calls for.

Average costs $80 to $125 per one hour session.

Some trainers only train in a gym.  In that case you will need to purchase a gym membership on top of training costs.  However, trainers that work in gyms often charge a lower fee per session than those that train in your home or in their own facility.

Many times if you commit to a multiple session package you can obtain a discount.


Session length – Most sessions are for 1 hour.  That gives your trainer the optimal amount of time to work with you.  You may sometimes find a trainer who will offer you a 30 minute session but this is rare.


Activities you enjoy – If there is an activity or