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Pick the Best Personal Trainer for You

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Maybe you started walking but want to be more flexible. Perhaps you are an active golfer seeking a pain-free swing. Or maybe you simply need to get stronger so you can continue to live independently. Whether you're an athlete, looking to get more fit, or just trying to keep up with the grandkids, a personal trainer can help you meet your physical activity needs and goals.

A personal trainer can help you improve strength, balance, and endurance or continue a post-rehabilitation program. You can work with a trainer to develop safe and effective exercise routines to help you reach your personal goals.

"Personal fitness trainers are very helpful when you find one that matches your personality type and they possess the skills necessary to get you to your goal," says Fabian "Malik" Carey, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Fitness Trainer and Certified Sports Fitness Specialist in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"You want a trainer that can adapt and adjust accordingly to your daily needs as a client, if you're feeling down. One who can motivate you when you show up to your appointment tired or sore, and helps you leave energized," say Malik.

Picking a Personal Trainer

Searching for a personal trainer can be like shopping for a pair of jeans. You want the fit to be just right! It may take a session or two with different trainers and before you find the right one for you. Take some time to make your decision. (Added bonus…the right trainer may help you fit more comfortably into those favorite jeans, too!)

When looking for a personal trainer consider the following:

  • Experience
  • Education
  • Personality
  • Business Practices

"No matter your fitness level – whether you are a Senior Olympian or an exercise novice with a hip replacement – you can find a personal trainer who fits your needs," says Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA).

To help you select a fitness trainer, ICAA developed the ICAA Age-Friendly Personal Trainer Checklist (This is a PDF file, which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free software). We've modified it to help you comparison shop to find the perfect trainer for you.

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