Health and fitness: Ask good questions when picking a personal trainer

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By Kent Pegg

Many who are just getting started or thinking about starting a workout program consider getting advice from a personal trainer.

Doing so ensures that you will get the most out of your exercise program and, even more importantly, allows you to address your health and fitness issues in a safe and effective environment.

The American Council on Exercise — which has been certifying personal trainers since 1985 and has over 40,000 certified professionals in 107 countries — has seven criteria you should consider before selecting a personal trainer.

Ask for references

An experienced trainer should be able to give you numerous references that you can contact to ask any questions you may have about the trainer. Ask if the trainer was prepared, professional and punctual.

Ask the prospective trainer for references from clients that have similar needs as you, such as age and health status. If someone like you has had a positive experience with a trainer, there’s a good chance you will too.

Talk to the trainer

Meet with the trainer to see what your impressions are. Do they seem interested in helping you? Do their methods and ideas seem to match yours? Do you think you could get along with this trainer?

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