By Mildred Munjanganja | March 1, 2011
Inspired by my amazing trainer Joseph Petrie at YouFit Gym in Pompano Beach here are some guidelines on how to select a personal trainer:
1. Determine what it is you are trying to achieve. This will help you to select a trainer that will have the related experience to suite your needs.
2. If you are a member of a gym, the gym may already have approved trainers for you to choose from, otherwise; find trainers that are in your area for convenience.
3. Look at your budget to ensure that the trainer charges within your price range. Sessions can range from $20 – $200 an hour, based on the trainers client base, experience, certifications and what they offer.
4. Be sure to get ask for referrals from people who work out with the trainer and those that no longer do. I asked trainers and clients about Joseph Petrie and everyone willingly spoke highly of him – it made me comfortable in my choice.
5. Ask to see your trainer’s certification and be sure to verify it.
6. If the trainer is part of a gym, they likely have personal liability insurance to protect you from personal injury or loss, but if they are independent, be sure to ask for proof of insurance.
7. Be sure that your trainer knows CPR – you want someone who can help you if the need ever arose.
8. Talk to the trainer and asks as many questions as you see fit. You have to be comfortable with the trainer and confident in the fact that they will cater to your needs.
You have to be happy with your trainer in order to remain committed and get the best value for your money. My trainer, Joseph Petrie’s is extremely patient – he will take time to show me how to do an exercise properly to ensure that I do not get injured. He alters the workouts based on my pre-existing injuries while ensuring that he is giving me a program that strengthens the muscles surrounding the area. He is always on time, has a great sense of humor that puts me at ease while making sure that I give my all to the work-outs. I find him to be very inspiring and appreciate his constant reminders that what I eat will ultimately determine my success. If you cannot say 5 good things about your trainer….then maybe you should find one like mine.