If you go online, you will unduly find multiple advertisements for personal training in your area. Any commercial gym you walk into will have a list of trainers you can work with as a member. The question is, how do you choose the one that is a good fit for you? Not every trainer is the right trainer for every person and it is important to know some things to look for when shopping around. Here are some characteristics and things to look for in your fitness professional.

When you are looking for a trainer, the first thing you want to look for is certification. Now sure, certifications do not dictate a perfect trainer, however, it shows that they are committed to their profession and that they take personal training seriously. It also lets you know that they have been tested on things such as muscle movement, program design, anatomy, and different types of clientele. It is a good basis for weaving out those who may not be serious about their training.

Another thing I look for and that I think is REALLY important, is the trainer's goals & experience. One of the first question I asked my first ever trainer was, “what kind of workouts do you do” and “what is your experience”. Both of these questions will help you determine if they have any personal goals, which is they do not then how do you expect them to help you reach yours? It will also give you an inside look into their past experiences, which can show the types of training they are adept in.

Always ask the trainer who their most common type of client is. Now this is not to say that you discount that person based on their preferred type, but it will give you an idea to where most of their knowledge may lie. If they tend to work with older populations, they probably have a vast knowledge in corrective exercise and slow, strength training. If they tend to work with athletes, they are probably very knowledgeable with conditioning & metabolic training.

Lastly, but most importantly, is just get a feel for how your personalities mesh. If you can see yourself butting heads with the trainer, it may not lead to the most effective training sessions. If the trainer seems too easy to pushover, they will probably be easy to slack off with, which defeats the purpose of having the trainer. Make sure they are firm, but not mean. Make sure they push you, but not try to kill you. And make sure they are capable of working with your schedule and life outside the gym, and that they will not give up when life gets in the way. it is important to be versatile and being flexible with scheduling and program design, will be imperative to keeping you engaged.