by Detric Smith, CSCS, USAW, ACSM-HFI

Hiring a trainer is a big step. Many people who hire a trainer for the first time are trying to make real-life changes. Often, they want to do far more than just lose five extra pounds. They may be searching for a way to not only get in shape, but to maintain it and need a trainer, who can help them to achieve these goals. If you are searching for a great personal trainer it, is essential that you consider these factors.

A trainer has to be a person with whom you feel comfortable communicating with. This individual is going to become a part of your life and someone who you are going to be discussing many things that you may feel are of a personal nature. When you meet the trainer, try to determine if you think that you will be comfortable enough to talk to him or her about your lifestyle.

Speak to the trainer about training sessions. Training is going to require that you commit a fair amount of time. You and the trainer are going to need to be able to determine when and how often you will be able to train.

Ask the trainer what their qualifications are. There is no national standard for fitness trainers so it is essential that you know what certificates, diplomas or degrees the trainer has acquired. You should also ask them about any related studies that they may have taken. Individuals in the fitness industry often branch out into related fields. They may move on to courses, in particular, fitness areas, i.e. yoga or spin bike training.

Where are your sessions going to take place? Many trainers work out of a gym. This provides you with the opportunity to take advantage of the numerous pieces of equipment that are commonly available in a gym. By training in a gym, you will be able to vary your workouts far more than you would in your own home. Additionally, you may want to join a class or two, which you can combine with your personal sessions.

What kind of workouts does the trainer recommend? Trainers who have been in the industry often have certain kinds of programs and workouts that they personally prefer. There are some trainers who advocate Pilates while others prefer the treadmill. Do you feel that you are going to be happy and motivated by their techniques?

When you are speaking with a trainer, try to gauge their personal motivation level. Remember that a trainer is going to help you to stay positive and focused. Sadly, many trainers often lose their enthusiasm for the job. They no longer have that spark and desire, which separates a great personal trainer from one who is merely earning his or her salary.

Listening is an essential skill that every quality trainer needs to possess and employ. You are going to a trainer because you want their help. However, this does not mean that you should not question their methods or express your feelings. You have to ensure that a trainer is going to listen to your needs, desires and concerns.

The first time that you meet with a trainer is going to be the time for evaluations. The trainer will want to asses you, and you will want to determine if they are going to be the right person to help you change your life.