Finding the Right Fitness Trainer
If you’ve decided to become more active but want some extra help, working with a fitness trainer may be just the thing. A trainer can help you choose exercises that are right for you and show you how to do them safely.
Here are some tips to help you find a fitness trainer.
- Ask friends, family, or your health care provider for a recommendation.
- Check with local health clubs or senior centers to see if they have trainers on staff or can recommend someone.
Once you have a couple of names, here are a few questions to help you pick the right person.
Is the trainer:
- Certified by an accredited organization?
- Experienced or educated in exercise science, aging, and program design?
- Experienced in working with people of your age and/or with your medical condition?
- Comfortable working with the medical community?
Does the trainer:
- Have a passion for working with older adults?
- Listen carefully to you and answer your questions?
- Have a sense of humor and a personality that you like?
Has the trainer:
- Told you what you can expect from the sessions?
- Clearly explained the cost of the sessions and the cancellation policy?
- Stated that he or she is insured or bonded?
- Given you a list of clients so you can check references?
If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, the trainer could be a great fit! Ask for one or two trial sessions.
Ask if it’s possible to have one or two trial sessions to see if working with a fitness trainer is right for you.