Ready to get in shape? People who hire personal trainers have much bigger success rates than those who go at it alone. But what if you aren’t sure what you should be looking for in a health and fitness guru? Here are just three considerations when you’re searching for “the one.”


1: Know Your Budget

Personal trainers can charge anywhere from $10 to $100 an hour, so it’s important to have a price range in mind when browsing advertisements and gym billboards. You don’t want to get attached to someone you can’t afford. If you’re feeling a pinch from your finances, talk to your local health club and see if they have any tips or discounts you can use.


2: Check Their Credentials

Technically, trainers don’t need anything but a smile and an invitation to come into your home. But that doesn’t mean you should trust just anyone with your physical fitness! Look for someone certified with the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) or the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Click here to learn more about these organizations and what they can do for you.


3: Schedule A Consultation

Before you commit to anything, ask your trainer for a free or low-charge evaluation of your current fitness levels and future health goals. Not only will you get an idea of how they operate and what kind of plan they’ll have you on, but you can also take the opportunity to joke with them and see if the two of you will get along.


These are just three important steps for choosing a personal trainer. Good luck!