Trying to get in shape or lose weight is a common goal. However, actually accomplishing this goal can get difficult. Many people lack either the knowledge or the personal discipline to stick with their diet or exercise program. For those with this problem, personal trainers may be the answer. Trainers, usually through weekly hour-long sessions, keep their clients accountable for exercise and dietary goals by working along aside of them and keeping track of their progress.
Although personal trainers can help dieters achieve their fitness and weight loss goals, no one should blindly choose to hire one. Make sure you truly need that added insight and motivation. If you find you can lose weight and gain muscle tone on your own, then save your money for something else. If, however, you, like many people, have trouble following through with your plans, then consider shopping around for a personal trainer.
Make sure to hire only the best trainer. Trainers should be attentive, trained, and experienced. Ways to find the right trainer include asking friends for referrals, watching the trainers at your local gym and choosing one that seems right for you, and researching trainers before you commit to their services. If you still find yourself with a trainer that doesn't work for you, don't be afraid to leave. It's your money and your fitness, find the trainer that best fits your fitness needs.
exercise.about.com - This article on About.com explains the how's and why's of personal trainers--why a personal trainer might work for you and how to choose the ideal personal trainer for your personality and lifestyle. The article also describes exactly what a personal trainer does and describes what most personal training sessions are like.
trainersusa.com - Trainers USA offers a unique directory of personal trainers in the states. Not only does this site have a searchable database with a number of different criteria, but each trainer within their database has his or her own bio. Searchers can read reviews, check out the credentials (education and experience) of each trainer, and decide which trainer works best for them.
personaltrainerdirect.com - Another directory, Personal Trainer Direct helps individuals find trainers either through their searchable directory or by clicking on a major city listed. Personal Trainer Directory offers a fairly comprehensive directory of trainers with links to bios of each trainer. Bios include such things as office locations, price, services, and education.
bodybuilding.about.com - For those interested or involved in bodybuilding, this article on About.com may offer needed advice on choosing a personal trainer. The article contains information on the general qualifications to become a trainer, certification and education, as well as specific tips, seven to be exact, on how to find a good trainer.
acefitness.org - American Council of Exercise: America's Authority on Exercise offers tips on finding an ACE-certified personal trainer. The search engine works according to country and zip code. ACE doesn't stop at helping people find a trainer, they also explain what personal trainers do and why one might be right for you.