How to choose a great personal trainer

Starting a fitness journey can be overwhelming, especially if you're new to it. It's tempting to go it alone, but working with a personal trainer can help you achieve your goals faster and safer. However, with so many trainers out there, finding the right one can be a challenge. In this article, I'll provide you with a plan of action to help you choose the right personal trainer who will support you in achieving your fitness goals.

First, determine your fitness goals

Before you start searching for a personal trainer, you need to determine your fitness goals. Do you want to lose weight, build muscle, improve your flexibility, or increase your endurance? Once you have identified your goals, look for a personal trainer who specialises in that area.

Check their credentials

When choosing a personal trainer, make sure they have the necessary qualifications and experience to help you achieve your fitness goals. Ask them about their education, training, and experience in the field. A good personal trainer should be able to provide you with information about their qualifications and the techniques they use to help their clients reach their fitness goals.

Consider their experience

Look for a personal trainer who has experience working with clients similar to you in terms of age, fitness level, and fitness goals. Ask for references and check their online reviews to get an idea of their experience and expertise.

Evaluate their communication skills

A good personal trainer should be able to communicate clearly and effectively with their clients. They should be able to explain exercises and techniques in a way that is easy to understand and provide feedback on your form and technique. You should also feel comfortable asking them questions and discussing your progress with them.

Look for someone who motivates you

Motivation is key to achieving your fitness goals. Look for a personal trainer who is enthusiastic, positive, and encourages you to push yourself. They should be able to motivate you to work harder and celebrate your successes with you.

Consider their availability and location

Choose a personal trainer whose availability and location work for you. If you prefer to work out in the mornings, look for a trainer who is available at that time. If you prefer to work out at a gym near your home or work, look for a trainer who works at that gym.

What to Avoid in a Personal Trainer:?

Keep an eye out for these warning signs that your personal trainer may not be the best fit for you:

  • They don't assess your flexibility, injuries, and other limitations before your first workout.
  • They refuse to provide references.
  • They try to sell you supplements or insist on a specific brand of products for your fitness program.
  • They attempt to diagnose you with medical issues.
  • They don't listen to your goals, ideas, and limitations.
  • They guarantee immediate results, which typically takes around 6 weeks to start seeing any significant changes.
  • They try to make you sign a contract before you've even had a single session together.

To find the right personal trainer for you, consider the following options:

  • Look for local gyms and fitness centres with their own trainers, as they are often more affordable than independent trainers.
  • Search online for highly rated trainers in your area using local business review sites.
  • Ask friends and family for recommendations and whether they have had a great experience with a personal trainer in your area.
  • Ask people who belong to your gym for recommendations or references for personal trainers there.

By keeping these factors in mind, you can find a personal trainer who will assess your needs, understand your goals, and create a personalised fitness program that works for you.


Choosing the right personal trainer can make a big difference in achieving your fitness goals. Consider the factors discussed in this article when choosing a personal trainer to ensure that you find the right one for you. Remember, a good personal trainer will not only help you achieve your fitness goals but will also educate and motivate you to make fitness a part of your lifestyle.

Sebastian Chrzczonowski
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Sebastian Chrzczonowski
Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach, live in Edinburgh.

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