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Is The Time Right For A Personal Trainer?

Hiring a personal trainer is one of the hottest trends for 2017. Everyone has different fitness goals. There is not a one-size-fits-all fitness program. That is where a personal trainer comes in handy. A personal trainer has the experience and education necessary to help you design and stick to a fitness program that will work for you.

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What Is A Personal Trainer?

A personal trainer is a fitness professional that is involved in prescribing exercise and instruction. They motivate their clients, set goals, and provide a level of accountability that gets results.

Personal trainers continually assess their clients to determine how they can reach fitness goals. Proper assessment is difficult because each client is different. It takes years of experience to be able to accurately assess clients and make correct changes in their exercise programs.

Part of the assessment process involves keeping their clients physically safe. A great personal trainer will motivate their clients to work hard to obtain goals, but will never put their clients at risk. If physical problems develop, personal trainers immediately refer their clients to proper medical professionals.

Personal trainers also guide their clients in general health and nutrition. Proper fitness plans rely heavily on excellent nutrition.

Where Can You Find A Personal Trainer?

Personal trainers are generally found at fitness facilities. However, some personal trainers work in their client’s homes, in their personal homes, outdoors, or via videos.

Flexibility in location is a positive for a lot of clients. Some individuals enjoy a gym atmosphere, others enjoy exercising at home, while others prefer exercising outdoors.

Contact your local fitness center or conduct an internet search to find the perfect personal trainer for you.

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Accreditation

In the United States there are a number of fitness certifications available, but many these certifications are not accredited. Most legit certifications require a high school diploma, automated external defibrillator (AED) certification, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, and an examination.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) are the two most heralded certifications.

However, studies have shown that a certifications is not necessarily indicative of a great personal trainer. All personal trainers have their areas of expertise. In addition to that, every personal trainer has a unique personality.

How Do I Find A Personal Trainer That Is Right For Me?

Unfortunately finding the right personal trainer can take some trial and error. Start with a trainer that holds at least one of the major, accredited certifications. Then inquire about their areas of expertise and what they would recommend for you. Finally spend an hour working out with a personal trainer to determine if their personality is the right fit for you and your fitness goals.

Don’t be afraid to switch personal trainers if you are not getting your desired results. Remember this is all about you.

Word of mouth can be helpful in finding a good personal trainer. However, just like movies and places to eat, everyone has their own opinions.

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How Much Will A Personal Trainer Cost?

Costs of personal trainers vary depending on where you live. In small towns personal trainers generally run around $50/hr. In larger cities personal trainers can cost between $50 – 150/hr.

Costs also vary depending on the services you are requesting. If you require a meal plan, body fat computation, workout plan or if you are a beginner the costs will increase.

Rates also vary depending on how many times you plan to work out each week. Generally speaking you should plan on working out at least four times a week. Do you need your personal trainer for each session? This depends on your level of experience. Perhaps having a trainer for one out of four sessions is enough once you feel comfortable with the fitness program that you are following. In the beginning you may want to have a personal trainer at every session.

Most clubs or personal trainers offer discounted rates based on buying several sessions in advance. Before committing to a long term plan make sure the personal trainer is a good fit for you and that you will stick with the plan. Prepaying for a plan can motivate some individuals to stick with their fitness program.

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In Conclusion

No matter how experienced an individual may be in the fields of fitness and nutrition, a personal trainer can be beneficial. Everyone gets stuck in a rut when working out and needs a push to try new things or do something better. Consider joining one of the hottest trends in fitness in 2015 and hire a good personal trainer to take you to the next level of health and fitness.

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