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How to Find a Personal Trainer (10 Tips)

10 Tips To Find A Personal Trainer

How to find a personal trainer that is right for you.


Did you know there are roughly 340,000 personal trainers working in the US? That’s a lot of people who could help you reach your goal! But not all of them can do exactly what you want them to do. Knowing how to find a personal trainer is more than just searching for the best trainer in your area. 

If you’re looking to hire the best personal trainer, you need to do your due diligence and research. If you’re going to be shelling out a lot of money, you want to make sure that you’re getting the results you’re looking for, and that the relationship is a RIGHT fit for you.

So… here are 10 tips on how to find a personal trainer.


1. Determine YOUR Goals.

Before you consider hiring a personal fitness trainer, you need to know exactly what you want to accomplish. Are you looking to get stronger? Are you a “Baby Boomer” or an Active Older Adult looking to age healthier? Are you interested in weight loss or adding muscle?

You need to determine your fitness goals before you reach out to the personal trainers in your area.

Make sure your personal trainer has the experience necessary to meet YOUR goals.

2. Look for trainers that line up with your goals.

The right trainer is out there ready to help you accomplish almost any goal you could have. 

Finding a trainer who understands what it takes to reach your goal should be your first priority. Your trainer should ask you your expectations clearly in the first meeting. This will help you determine if they will be a good fit or not.

A good trainer will be able to help you navigate a path to success. Your trainer’s insights and lessons will be the voice INSIDE your head sometimes helping you make a good choice.


3. Your trainer should be able to tell you what you NEED, too.

A good trainer doesn’t just focus on your wants, but also your needs.

A good trainer will be able to tell you not only what you are doing, but why you’re doing it and how it relates to your goals.

Remember, your coach is someone who will help you get out of your comfort zone. There’s where results happen! 

When you're looking for a personal trainer, make sure they know more than you!

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4. Make sure they are an expert!

Becoming a certified personal trainer is one of the easiest things you can do. This weekend you can go online, do a search, pay some money and by Sunday you’ll be certified.

But here’s the deal…just because someone can say they are a certified personal trainer doesn’t mean they are any good.  Some may not fully understand what it takes to help YOU reach your goals.

It’s like an amateur gardener trying to plan a whole landscape design. They may do a great job planning and designing, but may not get your “vision” or dream for your backyard.  

When it comes to the final product, they may fall short on what you want—and you could be out a lot of money.

Your trainer or team or trainers needs to be an “expert” at the goal you would like to accomplish.


5. Interview your potential trainers.

When you’re looking to hire a personal trainer, you should interview them just like you would interview a potential applicant for a job. Ask them:

  • How long have you been a personal trainer?
  • Where did you study personal training?
  • What organizations are you certified through? Is it nationally recognized?
  • Is your certification current?
  • Do you participate in continuing education? If so, what was the last topic you studied?
  • What are your beliefs as a trainer? How will your philosophy help me reach my goals?
  • Are you CPR/AED certified?
  • Are you NCCA accredited?
  • Are you an online trainer? If not, do you work with an online personal trainer?
  • What does a personal trainer cost?

These are some of the burning questions you should be asking any potential trainer you may want to hire now, and in the future. Asking questions gives you and the trainer the opportunity to have an open conversation not only about you, but them.


6. Look for personalized programs.

With your goals in hand, the trainer you hire should be able to look at those goals and design the appropriate program for you. This is why your trainer should LISTEN, not only to your goals, but to your entire story to get all the details they need to develop the right program for you.

A good trainer will ASK questions about you. They will take a detailed history, find out about past injuries, and your exercise history. This will help them pinpoint the best way to train you, from the length of the workouts offered, to the best types of cardio.

Nutrition is an important part of fitness. Your personal trainer shouldn't ignore it!

7. Don’t forget nutrition.

Your prospective trainer should ask about nutrition. Although training is key to reaching your goals, you can’t do it without a good nutrition plan. A good trainer will ask you questions on your nutrition and provide coaching that will help you improve your diet. 


8. Make sure you get a Movement Assessment.

A good personal trainer will have you go through a movement assessment. This SHOULD NOT be your first workout. Your current abilities are necessary to write a good program. The saying goes…”if you aren’t assessing then you’re guessing.” 

How to find a personal trainer

9. Ask them to share their success stories.

The right personal trainer should be able to share their success stories. If you’re coming to them with a very specific goal in mind, they should have some case studies, or testimonials from other clients, showing they can get you results. Don’t be afraid to ask if you could meet or talk to a few of their clients.


10. Are they client-centric and professional?

Your training sessions are about you and your fitness journey, not your fitness trainer. You are investing in your health and happiness and you should hire someone who cares about you and your goals. 



Finding a true professional can be hard, but the RIGHT fit will make all the difference in the world.

At Breakthrough Fitness, our personal trainers aren’t “fitness enthusiasts,” but expert professional trainers with the knowledge, resources, and experience to help you reach your goal…whatever that goal might be! If you live in the Central Florida area, come visit our Oviedo facility to learn more.