Are you looking to trim down, muscle up, or have you hit a fitness plateau? It might be time to hire a personal trainer for support. We’ll show you how!

There are good trainers and ones that aren’t a good fit, so we’ll show you where to look, what to expect, and how much you can expect to pay to get your fitness journey on track! Personal training can be a perfect fit for you in balancing the wellness wheel in your life.

Exercise is a very important part of wellness and has many benefits for your mind, body, and spirit.

Getting into shape can be difficult. It doesn’t just happen. You have to want it and you have to sacrifice for it. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to know and how to do it. Proper form to get the most benefit from your time in the gym can be a game-changer, so hiring someone who is a professional with experience can make all the difference.

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The point of hiring a trainer is to keep your motivation. They can identify areas where you are holding yourself back or giving yourself excuses. They will help you keep moving forward and help you try things you would have never tried on your own.

The first thing you need to do to hire a personal trainer is to find a gym that has the equipment you would like to use. If you want to learn how to do better cardio on machines, a free weight only gym is not the place for you. Check out a few gyms and find one that has what you like doing.

Talk with a few trainers at the gym you pick. See if they have experience in the type of exercise you want to pursue. Ask questions about any limitations you have such as an injury or disability or other obstacles to working out. Make sure they have experience working with that situation.

Find out the fee and make sure it fits in your financial plans and budget for the long term.

Find out their style and temperament. If you don’t respond well to loud motivation, you may want to choose a more soft spoken type of encourager. If you need a lot of motivation to give your all, you may enjoy someone who is louder and more energetic.

It all depends on what fits with your personality. Do you want someone joking with you? Do you crave creativity or want a continuous routine. Make sure you find them encouraging.

best personal trainer

The best trainer will ask you a lot of questions about your goals and what benefits you want from your program. They need to get to know you to develop a professional relationship and give you what you need.

Do you want to build muscle, improve heart health, lose weight, increase your endurance or some other goal in your fitness plan? You’ll need to have the answer to that ready for your trainer when you talk with them.

Next, they will have to test your physical fitness. It can be embarrassing, but it’s how they measure progress and help you set goals and meet them.

Remember, before starting ANY kind of exercise, consult with your doctor to make sure they recommend it.

Don’t forget to tell them any health concerns you have before you start. You need to be honest.

The best trainer will push you and you’ll be uncomfortable. You are hiring them to get you out of your comfort zone, so don’t be mad when they do. You’ll be grateful for it in the end when your health improves and you are getting fit. Them watching you and pointing out your mistakes is what you’re hiring them to do, so don’t get mad at them for it.

They don’t want you to get injured and they want you to get the most you can out of the time you put in. And health reaches far beyond the gym, so heed their advice when you are outside of the gym as well.

If you want to lose weight and your trainer says, do this cardio and don’t do donuts, you can leave your cardio work and get a stack of the tasty things. You’ve got to live like they are always beside you.

woman side planking while personal trainer times her

What to look for in the best personal trainer for you:

  • Personable
  • Word of mouth-who is reputable
  • Credentials and years of experience
  • Areas of specialty
  • Is there a free sample session?
  • Who does the gym recommend?
  • Ask questions you have and see how they respond

How can a personal trainer help me?

  • Teach good form and technique to prevent injury and get the max benefits
  • Push you past what you thought you could do
  • Knowledge of how the body works and the effects of nutrition
  • Encouragement and support with focus and accountability
  • Start you slow and build you up to the next level so you don’t overdo and quit
  • Identify exercises to overcome obstacles

how much is a personal trainer

On average across the country personal trainers charge $25-$50 for a 30-minute session, $40-$70 per hour, and $60-$90 per 90-minute session. Group fitness classes start at $35 per class. Discounts are given when purchasing session packages.

At Muskogee Swim and Fitness where I train, we charge $20 for a 30-minute session and $30 for an hour session with a discount if you buy a 6 pack. So come on by and I can help you accomplish your fitness goals! I’d love to work with you.

is a personal trainer worth it

I definitely think hiring a personal trainer is worth it, even if it’s just for a little while. Many people come into the gym gung ho and end up getting injured or overtraining and are miserable. Then they never return. They don’t take the time to learn techniques.

If you are serious about changing your life and getting stronger and healthier, it’s a great investment. Learn the basic techniques and routines, get the tips, and then if you want to go on your own, do it. If you want accountability, you can keep using them. The support is wonderful as you go along your fitness journey. There are so many excuses you can come up with not to exercise, that it’s great to have someone to tell you you’re full of it and get to the gym.

woman lifting heavy weights while person trainer shows her proper form

ACE personal trainer

ACE is the most widely known organization to certify personal trainers. ACE stands for American Council on Exercise. It’s the certification I have and I highly recommend it. It’s not the only good one, but it can help you find a good trainer if you look for one that is ACE certified.

at home personal trainer

At-home personal training, if you are able to find it can be great if you hate the gym environment. The downside is they will have limited equipment to work with because they have to bring it every time. There’s only so much they can carry in.

You’ll be able to work out in the privacy of your own home. You will get 100% personal attention. You won’t have to travel or sit in traffic. The setup will be simple and easy. So it could be a good fit if all of that appeals to you.

Free personal trainer

Personal training does cost, but someone has trained and learned to give you that skill. Some gyms will provide a free session to sell themselves and see if it’s the right fit for you. It also helps you get familiar with equipment and techniques as well as the gym rules.

You can find free help online by checking youtube for videos, but it’s not personally designed for you. It can be a great place to start though. Some other free programs are Mountain Athletics from Northface, Fit Star Yoga and Fit Star Personal Training, Nike and Training Club, Sworkit Lite, C25K, 5K Runner Trainer, and Official Lindora Learn for Life. Check those out and see if one might work for you if you think personal training is out of your range.