Tips On Finding A Personal Trainer

When Felisa Hill started trying to get in shape a couple of months ago, she needed a little help.  So she went online, did a little research, and found personal trainer Ted Colson at The Atlanta Sports Complex.  He's become her secret weapon.

"It's very important because that's what helps you get through the workout,” Hill says. “The motivation from the trainer. And basically their attitude, their spirit and them wanting to see you be successful."

If you're looking for a trainer, Colson says you want someone who matches your personality and workout style.

"A lot of people come in here and think I'm going to take it slow, and I never take it slow,” says Colson.  “I'm always moving fast, moving fast.  I like high intensity."

So, first, think about what you want from your trainer.

"Some clients like for you to holler at them.  Some people like for you to just encourage them,” says Colson. “You pick you're trainer on how you are."

Ask a potential trainer about his or her training and credentials.  And find out what types of exercise the trainer specializes in.

You should expect a trainer to tailor a workout program to your specific needs.

And ask the trainer about what kind of results you can expect over the next few months.  You want to avoid trainers who make big promises.

Most personal trainers will want to know about you.  So, expect to fill out a medical questionnaire, and allow the trainer to assess your fitness level.

"The trainer needs to know, ‘Have you been to the doctor?  Is there anything wrong with you?  Has the doctor released you from it?’" Colson says.

Once you find the right trainer, make sure you're ready to commit to the hard work of getting healthy.

"You have to be with it,” Colson says. “You have to be all about your health to do this."

Finally, be sure to ask about the trainer’s fees.

Nationally, the going rate for personal trainers is about $35 a hour.  You may want to do an online search for average rates in your neighborhood.