How to Choose the Best Personal Trainer to Help You Reach Your Goals

List: Posted: 09/02/11

Choosing a personal trainer can be one of the best things you do to make sure that you are able to reach your fitness goals.  A personal trainer provides personalized, expert advice on health, nutrition and exercise, while pushing you and encouraging you to be the very best person you can be. 


Before you hire the first trainer you find, you will want to make sure that you know how to choose the one that is going to work the best for you.  First, determine your own fitness goals: know if you want to lose weight or build muscle, or both.  This will help you choose a trainer that knows and understands how to help you reach those goals.


You also need to determine where you want to work out.  Some trainers are only able to train in certain gyms or at specific locations.  It is also important that you know how much you are able to spend on the trainer.  The price can vary from around $20 per hour to several hundred per hour.  Spending more doesn't always guarantee a better trainer.


Check out some of the trainers in your area by visiting their websites and checking out their training brochures.  If you don’t see mention on their site, ask them if they are certified.  You only want to work with certified trainers because they can provide you with safe types of exercise and stretches.  While checking the certifications, look for CPR training, which is always a plus.


Have a meeting with the trainer to see if you get along well and are comfortable with him or her.  See if you can get a free or discounted training session to determine if you can work with the trainer.  Also, ask for references to see the progression of people they've helped.

Personal Trainers

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    • 413 Fairview Ave N
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        • 1617 Boylston Ave. #U
        • Seattle, WA 98122
        • (206) 794-0513

          Hi and welcome to Nev Fitness. My name is Nev and I offer personalized fitness training services in your home or a at a private-gym in Seattle's capitol hill neighborhood.My education includes a 4 year bachelors degree in Physical Education from Ege University, where I graduated 3rd in my class. I moved to the United States from my hometown of Izmir, Turkey in 2006 and was married in 2007.I have been working as a fitness instruction for over 10 years. I was a college basketball player and basketball coach and have former students that have played for the Turkish national team. My background includes swimming instruction, step-aerobics and dance. I have also appeared on TV for fitness and exercise programming as well as. Personal activities important to me include salsa, argentine tango, daily exercise and her work as a personal trainer.As your fitness trainer I will help you with the following:Set goalsMake a nutritional plan and learn better eating habitsLearn proper strength training techniqueImprove enduranceFind motivationImprove your appearanceFeel betterImprove your healthGain muscle and lose fatTone upImprove mental alertnessReach your goals

          • Capitol Hl
          • Seattle, WA 98122
          • (206) 437-8091


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