You've found a gym, now find the right personal trainer

July 14, 2003

The IDEA Health & Fitness Association suggests asking these questions when interviewing potential personal trainers:

  • What is your exercise and educational background? Are you certified by a nationally recognized organization?

  • What is your level of training experience? How do you keep current on the latest training techniques, research and trends?

  • Are you certified in CPR and first aid?

  • Do you require a health screening or release from my doctor?

  • Can you provide references from other clients and industry professionals familiar with your knowledge and abilities?

  • Will you keep track of workouts, chart progress, and update my medical history periodically?

  • Do you provide written policies on cancellations and billing?

  • What is your rate per session? Do you offer any discounts or package deals?

  • What hours are you available to train?

  • Will you help me focus on reasonable goals, not unattainable results?

  • What is your communication style with your clients?

The organization recommends interviewing at least three trainers before making a decision.


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