Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
How to Select a Personal Trainer (February 21, 2006)

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Iím trying to stick to my New Yearís resolutions to get in shape and take my training seriously. I think I should hire a personal trainer. How do I go about it and what should I look for to get the most out of my buck? (Laurie, Far Rockaway)

Most gyms will have a fitness director in charge of personal training. He or she will present options for you to choose from to fit your needs. Also, do a little random survey and ask gym members who they think is a good trainer.

As far as your trainer goes, he should be certified with a reputable organization like: ACSM, NSCA, ACE or AFFA to name a few. He or she must look and act professionally, listening to what you want to accomplish and discussing your program and specific, sustainable goals. Donít choose a trainer by external appearance alone. Make sure the trainer is motivating and knowledgeable about working with your body and changing it for the better.

Donít be shy; ask questions when your trainer gives you a fitness orientation. You are becoming a team and a good barometer of this team working out together is openness and honesty.

Expect good nutritional guidance from your personal trainer. He or she will become your health coach to create a fitness program for you to live by. As you get stronger, your trainer will change your regimen and keep your motivation level high.

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