Personal trainers often come at different experience levels & credentials. What's important isn't just the number of years of experience or certifications the personal trainer has, but how well suited he or she is to your specific needs. Here are a few things to look out for to find a great fit.
Certification & Experience
Although certification isn't everything, it tells you the personal trainer has taken formal training
Look out for major certifications which include ACE (American Council on Exercise), NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) & NCSA (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
Don't just look for number of years of experience. What kind of experience is important too - has the personal trainer worked with someone of your age group, your health status or fitness interests?
If you have specific goals in mind (doing a handstand with 2 fingers), you might want a personal trainer who can lead the way
Specific credentials like Cross Fit level 1, TRX, Pilates or Yoga Fit are things you could look out for
If you're looking to improve your general health & fitness levels, then an all-rounder may be the right personal trainer for you
The Fine Print
A great personal trainer is worth his or her weight in gold. But sometimes its also a question of how much gold you have to spend
Do comparison shopping by getting a few quotes & average prices. Most personal trainers have hourly rates but find out if they have package pricing too
Get into specifics of the figures. What happens if you cancel? What happens if they cancel? How would you be charged if a session starts late, or extends beyond the agreed time?
Personality & Character
A great personal trainer can truly make a difference between success or failure at the gym. So you want the right partner who's invested in you & whom you can work with
Look out for character traits - is he or her a cheerleader or a drill sergeant? Either is fine, as long as you think the personal trainer is providing you the support you need
Look for a personality fit. You don't have to be like them, but you should like them. You'll be spending a fair amount of time with them after all