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Scott Keppel: Tips on How To Choose a Personal Trainer

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In my last article, I shared three tips on how to go about choosing the perfect personal trainer for you. Also consider the following when trying to find the right person to help accomplish your exercise goals.

1. Do you want to go to a studio or gym? In a gym you have all the other members to deal with and wait for them to get off the equipment. You may also find that the trainers come and go and it is hard to work with one, not knowing how long they will be there. In a studio you have fewer distractions and are able to get more one on one attention. The downfall to a studio is most will not have all the bells and whistles of a gym, but a quality trainer should be able to help you achieve your fitness goals with whatever equipment he/she has available.

2. Does the trainer appear to be physically fit? If they look like they are not in shape, you may want to find a trainer that looks like they are living the life they are preaching. That is not to say, someone has to be in shape to be a great trainer. But, I don’t think you would go to place to get your hair done if thought everyone that works their has a hair style/cut you do not like.

3. Shop around. Personal training is not free. It takes a financial commitment that many people have to take into consideration. Do they offer ½ hour sessions, 1 hour sessions, group, classes, etc..? A quality trainer should be able to asses you and tell you what type of program is best for you. Again another downfall with going to a major gym is that they tend to have set session times. Even though you may only need ½ hour you have to pay for an hour. Or maybe you can go an hour, but they only offer ½ hour sessions. Find the right program for you.

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Scott Keppel is a certified personal trainer with over 14 years experience. He has been featured in both local and national media. Scott has written articles for several local and national publications along with a number of health related websites.

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