How to Choose a Personal Trainer

Choosing the right personal trainer can be a daunting task, especially because your money is involved.  But there are a few things that you can do to pick out the right personal trainer that will best suit your needs and your wants.

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First, do your homework!  Start by making a list of everything that would be important to you to learn from a personal trainer. What type of personality do you want in your trainer? Do you want someone who will be kind and understand your needs, or do you want somebody to be a little bit more aggressive and push you beyond your limits? How much experience do you want a personal trainer to have? What are your personal goals? What are your fitness goals? Do you want male or female? These are important questions to consider before choosing your trainer.

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Now, it’s time to feel similar to a stalker. If you belong to a gym, ask to see the trainer biographies.  Once you have gone through the bios, choose a few you like, then start to watch the trainers work with their clients. How do they interact with their clients? Is that something that you can relate to? Are they attentive to their clients?  Are they taking a client through a suitable work out? Do they look like someone that you would want to hang out with for an hour?

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From there, you can then book an appointment with the trainer that you like best. Most personal trainers will do free fitness assessments, so it will give you an opportunity to see if they are what you are looking for and a chance to figure out if your personalities mesh up. 
If you don’t belong to a gym and want to seek an independent trainer, then don’t be afraid to search out somebody online and then searching for them on social media.

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A few websites you can use are or, you can even Google “personal trainer in (whatever city you live in)” to find a trainer.  Take your time to read through trainer biographies, make a list of 2-4 trainers you might be interested in, then call or email them and make a few appointments to meet the ones you like best. Again, most trainers will offer a free fitness assessment; so don’t be afraid to shop around. 
While you are in your assessment, know that it is all about you!  You should feel comfortable and feel like the trainer is looking out for your best interests.

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About Alexandria White

I am a personal trainer/ exercise physiotherapist in Boise, Idaho that truly loves to help people! I have a BS Degree in Exercise Science & Kinesiology and I am NASM certified personal trainer. I specialize in pain management, sport specific training and weight management. I have education and experience in every aspect of training, which allows me to help any person who wants to see and feel a positive change in their life. I truly have a servant's heart and I want to guide a client to live the BEST, live the healthiest, live the fittest and live a pain free lifestyle possible! I believe life really is about balance and it’s not cliché to say so. My goal is to inspire you to pursue the benefits of a healthier lifestyle and to utilize fitness as a way of life and not something you have to do. Making changes are not easy, but that’s why I am here to provide you with knowledge, moral support and encouragement along the way to get the life you want, need and deserve!