Frank Mikulka's

Weekly Fitness Tip

November 23, 2003

I’m really trying to make a commitment to get in shape and take my training seriously. I’m thinking of hiring a personal trainer. How do I go about it and what should I look for to get the most out of my buck?
(Cheryl from Far Rockaway)

Most gyms will have a fitness director in charge of one-on-one training. He or she will give you some options to choose from to fit your needs.

As far as your trainer is concerned, he should be certified with a reputable organization such as ACSM, NSC, ACE AFFA, or ISSA to name a few. He must look and act professionally, talk to you with concern about what you want to accomplish and set some mutual goals. The first step is a fitness orientation interview and that is when you should ask your questions and express your concerns, weaknesses and wishes. You will become a team to help you accomplish your fitness goals and that is why you must feel comfortable and trust your trainer—especially when going for the burn or going to the next level. Remember you are paying for this service and need to feel right about it. For the most part you will be assigned a good trainer. Most gyms pride themselves on an educated and friendly staff.

Listen to Frank Mikulka’s Weekly Fitness Tips every week on Debbie Mandel’s Turn On Your Inner Light Show every Sunday morning from 10:30 to 11:00 AM on WLIE 540 AM