This is the year for you to change your life and the best thing that you can do for yourself is to get a personal trainer. As easy as that sounds you do have to put effort into making sure you find the right one. There is a big difference between trying a few free sessions with trainers before selecting one and taking a chance on someone you don't even know has experience.

The wrong way to find a personal trainer
If there is a wrong way to find a personal trainer it can be summed up with the paper flier. Don't pick a trainer from a flier you have seen posted in a gym or on a telephone pole. Professional trainers use professional methods to promote and market themselves. They will be affiliated with organizations, gyms, clubs and sites that promote professional training too.

What you should look for
When you start to look for a personal trainer you want to look for someone who has certifications and experience. These should all be from agencies and organizations you can verify with a simple online search. Then look to see if they have any gym or club affiliations and check out the reputations of these places too. Once you get an idea of their background and the company they keep, it’s time to take a closer look at the trainer themselves.

The questions you should be asking
When you talk to a trainer the first time there are several questions you should be asking, the most of important of which is what kind of goals their other clients are pursuing. The other clients the trainer has attracted and retained will tell you more about their style and specialty than anything they can tell you themselves. If you see yourself reflected in the personal trainer's current clients, chances are you will be a good fit. From there you can ask about times, prices, commitment and the usual licensing and insurance questions.

Start by reviewing profiles
Whether you are looking at the personal trainer Brooklyn listings, or are trying to find a Staten Island personal trainer the best way to start is by looking at the full profiles on You will be able to see what their certifications and training are in, plus where their focus is, ask questions of the trainer and see what other people have thought of their style. All of this gives you the information you need to make the right choice and get the right trainer the first time.

Author's Bio: 

NeighborhoodTrainers is an online fitness community listing independent fitness professionals throughout New York City.