Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to take the your health into your own hands and start a new fitness journey with a Personal Trainer. Having the support of a personal trainer keep you more motivated and accountable when it comes to weekly workouts, but he or she can also play a role in helping you maximize your time at the gym, prevent injury and see more consistent results. Now that you have made the first step knowing how to choose the right personal trainer for you will help you achieve your goals and desired fitness goals. When working closely with a personal trainer you create a comfortable bond that will help you stay motivated so it is important for you to make the right choice for all your needs. Here are a few things to consider when your are choosing your personal trainer.

Credentials. A trainer should be able to show you a fitness certification in their particular area of expertise. A certified personal trainer has met certain standards to be able to do this profession and there is nothing wrong with you asking for their credentials.

Experience. Practice makes (near) perfect, so a trainer who has been doing this for a while and has trained many clients will be more likely to give you the results you want.

Personality. What motivates you? Some people do well with positive reinforcement peppered with cheerleading, while others like to get screamed at into doing a few extra squats. Either way, talk to the trainer and get a feel for his or her style to see if its something that works for you.

Specialties. If you’re looking for something specific — say, hitting a new 5k personal best — you’ll want to work with a trainer who specializes in running rather then someone who specializes in Olympic weightlifting. The same thing is for someone who is looking to gain weight as oppose to loose weight. A trainer that has expertise in your desired area will be more passionate about it.

Cost. Just as experience, personality and specialty can range vastly between trainers so can their hourly rate, depending on certifications, specialty and location. So before you begin your hunt, sit down and think about your budget. And if hourly solo sessions are currently beyond your means, don’t get discouraged; some trainers offer semi-private sessions so maybe you can get a friend to commit with you and get fit together.

Availability. Because consistency is key when working with a trainer, it’s a good idea to inquire about their schedule and how it will fit into yours.. How many clients do they currently have? How far in advance will you need to book appointments, can you make up missed ones? Those are all important questions you need t ask.

Location. This is another area of personal preference, so consider your habits and what will make you stick to your fitness routine. Are you willing to drive 20 minutes across town, or do you need someone to come to your home in order to stay motivated? The best part about a personal trainer is that it is personalized to what you need and where you want to train.

Progress. In addition to a personalized training program based on your goals and fitness level, your trainer needs a method for tracking your progress so you can see that your hard work is paying off. Be sure to ask your trainer how they plan to track your progress.

The above are just a few of my guidelines to help you choose your personal trainer. If you feel strongly about someone it is always important to trust your gut. After all you are looking for someone who is a natural fit you help you reach your goals and help you stay motivated.

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