Choosing a results driven and reliable personal trainer can be tough.

With so many misleading and downright dishonest gimmicks, and solutions in the dieting and weight loss industries finding a reliable and honest trainer should be first and foremost.

Before you even consider hiring a personal trainer consider these 7 criteria that will help you find a solid and proven personal training company.

1) What is their educational background and credentials?

A quality Personal Trainer should have a national accredited certification through a reputable agency such as the National Strength & Conditioning Association or the American Council on Exercise not some weekend crash course where you pay for a certificate. Even with a certification a trainer is only as good as the results they deliver with their clients.

A solid academic background with a minimum of a bachelor's in Exercise Science or related field will ensure a personal trainer has the proper knowledge and background to produce a results driven program that will deliver exactly what you need - results.

2) Are you paying for sessions or results?

The typical idea of personal training is you just pay for the exercising, and that's it. What are you investing in? Results or just the rep counting sessions? Any number of people can lead you through a workout session. They need to be more than just a rep counter at your sessions, they need to be a coach that will show you all the critical elements to achieve your health and fitness goals.

You should receive nutritional strategies, motivational strategies and continuous accountability through email and phone. You should receive continuous guidance and support through every step of your quest for fitness. Look for a personal trainer that will not just give you sessions, but provide a detailed plan of action week by week to guarantee your results and fitness success.

3) Do they have a proven system for results?

A highly successful fitness coach should do more than just take your money - they should have a proven system for delivering results with every single client. A system that addresses each component of the fitness puzzle. A method for coaching you through and ensuring you actually stick with the program, checking up on you each week to make sure you stick with the program for your own success.

4) What is their guarantee? (or do they even have a guarantee)

What? A personal training guarantee? Yes! You invest into your body with a personal trainer you better make sure you will actually get something in return. A highly driven and successful trainer will not blink an eye at offering a guarantee. After all if they deliver results there should be no worry about a guarantee.

Having a written and marketed guarantee proves you won't be throwing away your hard earned $$ or your precious time. Never work with a personal trainer unless they offer a !00% Money-Back Guarantee.

5) Will they help you to make fitness a way of life for your future?

You should look for a coach, not just a trainer. Personal training is the service of guiding you through a workout, fitness coaching is the service of guiding you through getting you a fit body (more than just a workout). Having a fitness coach with you every step of the way will help you to avoid the confusion and misleading info out there and find out how to maintain fitness as a way of life not a temporary condition.

6) What experience to they have in the fitness industry?

A highly dedicated and motivated personal trainer will be dedicated to fitness as a career. You don't want someone who has fitness as just a hobby, who thinks hanging out at the gym is a social event. You should look for a trainer who commits themself to ongoing improvement and never ending education. Who has proven credibility through writing, speaking and credentials.

Do they have published articles? Are they relied upon by the media? Do they give presentations to public groups? Have they been interviewed as a credible source for fitness information? These are things to consider to help determine if they are actually serious about fitness, which means results for you.

7) Do they address every area needed to get you results? (not just training sessions)

Look for a personal trainer that addresses more than just working out. You should find someone who will demonstrate how you can make proper eating part of your daily life, and help keep you going with your fitness program. Giving you a detailed plan to get that body you desire as quick as possible.

If you don't address each area you going to end up sunk with wasted time and $$.


Author's Bio: 

Zach Hunt is the owner and head Spokane Fitness coach of Physzique, a high-end personal fitness coaching service in Spokane, WA. He helps his clients to quickly and permanently drop unwanted fat and transform their body with a proven system that takes less than 3 hours of exercise each week. Go now to Personal Trainer Spokane for immediately usable health and fitness tips.


This definition is part of a series that covers the topic of Personal Trainers and Personal Training. The Official Guide to Personal Trainers and Personal Training is Craig Burton. Craig hails from sunny Perth, Western Australia and founded 3D PTS in 2005 as the next step in the natural evolution of his passion for the human body and what it can achieve. He has dedicated over 10 years of his life to the study and practical aspects of physical training, nutrition, and the mind. Craig holds a degree in Sports Science & Psychology, a First Degree Black Belt in Zen Do Kai with the Teaching Rank Sempai, and advanced certifications in corrective exercise, massage therapy and nutritional coaching.

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