Posted by: Roberto | 28 March, 2008

Choosing a Personal Trainer

If you want to lose weight, get healthy and/or build muscle, hiring a personal trainer can be a step in the right direction. A good personal trainer can help you set up a program that meets your goals and teach you the best way to exercise.

Here’s what you should know before you hand over the cash.

A personal trainer should be, at the least, educated and certified through a reputable fitness organization. But, being certified is not enough: make sure that the personal trainer you are thinking to hire has at least 2-3 years working experience in the gym.

Only by training thousands of different individuals – each one with his/her own capabilities, physical and psychological structures, needs and goals – a personal trainer can really call him or herself “certified”.

This person’s job is to assess your fitness level, set up a program for you and keep you motivated. He or she will push you past your comfort level – something difficult to do on your own.

A trainer also provides:

– guidance on reaching your goals

– education about strength training, cardio and basic nutrition

– a reason to show up at the gym each week

– accountability

– ways to help track your progres.

Personality is important too, since you’ll be working very closely with this person. Make sure you get along with your trainer and feel comfortable asking questions.

Each session lasts about an hour. The first meeting is devoted to assessing fitness level, body measurements, exercise and health history and goals. Be prepared to step on the scale, have your body fat tested and answer specific questions about your goals. After that, you’ll spend most of your time on strength training and cardio.

How to Find a Personal Trainer

Get a referral from a friend who’s had success in reaching their goals with a personal trainer.

When you’re at the gym, watch trainers with their clients and see how they interact. Make a note of trainers who get along with their clients and seem fully involved in their workouts…that may be a good one to choose.

You can also look in your yellow pages or on the advertising in magazines or newspapers of your area.

Roberto Bocchetti is a certified personal trainer, fitness consultant and masseur. After working as a personal trainer and masseur in Milan (Italy) for more than 10 years, in 2006 Roberto moved to Playa del Ingles, on the beautiful island of Gran Canaria (Spain), where he continues its activity with residents and tourists.

Contact: Tel. (+34) 636 903 009 – website:



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