When it comes to getting in shape before summer or at New Year, many people will try different things to get in shape. Some people will look into joining a gym, some buy exercise DVD's, others may join a slimming club or look into having a personal trainer. If you choose to go down the route of having a personal trainer and discover that the price for a training session is much higher than you thought, you should think twice before looking for the cheapest around.

Fitness professionals value their time and set their price of their training sessions accordingly. With a trainer that charges much less than others there is usually a reason for this. It could be they are just starting out and do not have much experience or they are not very good at their job and have to charge less to compete with other trainers. This may not be something you think because the lower price attracts buyers to their training. It could end up more expensive in the long run because it could take you longer to achieve your results with a less experienced trainer or one who does not apply the best training techniques.

Now, I would not suggest that just because the prices are lower than others that they are never as good. This will be the case in most situations but not all. It could be that that particular trainer is running a special offer or promotion or they may have shorter sessions. Some trainers give prices for 1 hour sessions, some 45 minutes and even some have 30 minute express sessions. You should look and compare all of the choices on the same level. So, how much they are per 1 hour session and to see if there are any hidden clauses like a minimum number of sessions.

When looking at cheap personal trainers I would say you should stick to a comfortable price range you can afford. Let's say you have a budget of £ 30 per session at maximum, to have 3 sessions per week for 8 weeks. Some trainers charge more than this and some less, but I would say that I would class a 'cheap personal trainer' as anything less than £ 18 per hour. Some trainers may be cheaper than the budget you have assigned and some more expensive.

The best thing you can do is check out their testimonials to see what results other people have got with the trainer. It would also be advisable to book in for a consultation with them to see what they are like as a person too. Most trainers have free 30 minute consultations so that you can discuss your goals, options and prices of a suitable program. I would pick a hand full of trainers you could work with within your budget that have a good history of testimonials and after the consultations pick the one who you get on with best who will keep you motivated and accountable.