When it comes to working with a personal trainer, there is no better way to quickly get in shape and to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, depending on what your needs and long-time goals are, you may want to spend some time finding the right trainer for you. Ideally, your trainer is someone who will be with you for the long-term, so your considerations should include factors like budget, distance, and specialty.

Need #1: Know Your Budget

Many people think personal training is too expensive, but that’s because they haven’t done a proper search. If your only experience with trainers is going to private training gyms or working with an in-house trainer at a chain gym, then yes, your training will cost more than simply accessing machines and weights. However, the truth is that there are trainers all over the city who work with a variety of skill levels at a variety of prices. Before you automatically decide that you can’t afford it, check around, as you’ll likely be surprised at how affordable personal training can be.

Need #2: Verify The Distance You Need To Travel

Here’s the deal: if you have to travel far to get to your trainer, you’ll have less of a chance of it being a sustainable long-term workout program. Will you want to travel uptown every week after work, even in the middle of winter? Instead, find a personal trainer who is close to either your home or work, so that you can easily get to them. This will cut down on the likelihood that you convince yourself not to go to your sessions.

If there isn’t someone close to you that you can go to, there may be a trainer who will come to you. A number of fitness experts in NYC are happy to travel to other boroughs for training sessions, which can be held in your home or at a nearby gym or rec center.

Need #3: Your Ultimate Goals

A final consideration for locating the right trainer is finding one who specializes in whatever your long-term goals are. For instance, if you want to run a marathon, look to a personal trainer directory to find someone who specializes in building runner’s endurance. On the other hand, if you’re just looking to start having a steady exercise routine as part of your life, a general trainer who focuses on wellness and weight loss may be the right choice for you.

Author's Bio: 

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