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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.
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Be Warned %0D%0A%0D%0AThe gym has a convienant location for us working dowtown%2C but that is about the only thing positive. I belonged for 5 years. I have seen it go downhill in the last couple%2C especially with current management. They took away a section of machines for one purpose. So their trainers have more room to work and thus make the company more money. Despite repeated requests they will not bring the machines they took out back. When I signed up several years ago I expect to be able to use the machines that I see when I signed up. They also have not replaced si
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