7 Steps to the Ideal Personal Trainer

If you’ve been scanning the Gold’s Gym personal trainer cost you’ll notice that it’s more competitive than before. However you need to look beyond the price and also consider other factors before deciding on a personal trainer.

Certification and Credentials

Certified PTs have accreditation from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the The American Council on Exercise (ACE). Certification means they passed the necessary exams and have proper certification.


This is tied in to the trainer’s experience. The more knowledge the trainer has, the quicker you’ll be able to progress. An experienced trainer also makes sure you’ve got the posture and stance correct. Incorrect posture can hinder your progress or even cause an injury so a knowledgeable PT is a must.

People Skills

This refers to the way the PT handles clients and their motivation methods. Some personal trainers like PTs who offer encouragement and support at every turn. Others want their personal trainer to show more tough love, i.e. scream if necessary.

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the PT style, so talk to the trainer and get an idea of their personality and if it suits you. Even if you’re not actually training, conversations will give you an idea of their approach to workouts.

Approach to Working Out

We refer to the trainer’s philosophy, i.e. their beliefs about working out and how they develop a regimen. Will you be doing a lot of routines on machines or free weights? Will the focus be on specific muscles or several at one time? Talk to them about their workout philosophy and if you agree with them.


Some personal trainers specialize in certain areas like running, strength training, flexibility, aerobics, yoga etc. Others are more of the all-around variety. One is not necessarily superior to the other as it depends on your particular needs.

Number of Clients

A trainer with lots of clients may present scheduling problems. To avoid issues, get an idea of their booking schedule and determine how advanced you must set an appointment.

Progress and Improvement

Keep a detailed record of your progress. This is the best way to determine if your trainer’s approach is working or not.


Apart from the stuff mentioned above, you should also trust your instinct. Experience and knowledge count a lot, but you also need a PT that you’ll be comfortable working out with.

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