Some Tips On How To Pick The Perfect Personal Trainer For You!

It may be a bit self-serving to create an article about the best way to pick a personal trainer on a site about personal training, but part of this business is helping people so offering this kind of advice may actually be more beneficial than some may expect. In fact, how many times have you heard from a friend “My personal trainer is such a jerk, he never listens and by the time I get home, I can’t even walk the next day!” While this is of course not a horrible problem, training should not be a 3 to 4-hour session 5 times a week unless you happen to be going to the Olympics or something of that caliber. A smart trainer will always know what your limits are and make sure that you can still live your life the following day. Here are a few tips I’ve learned to really help out when looking for a personal trainer that will fit your needs.

How To Pick The Right Personal Trainer For You!


Surprised? This is actually one of the key components when picking someone to train you. Sure, there are times when you can find someone willing to travel to your location of choice and train you either at the gym or the local park; a lot of the time, though, they also increase their charges for the travel expenses. While looking for a trainer, think about how close you are to them and them to you as once you finish a workout, an hour drive back home is not the best motivation to keep going. In fact, imagine planning to go to your PT and you realize it will take an hour to get there to work out for an hour, get dog tired, then turn around and drive ANOTHER hour the other way. Finding a trainer that is relatively close to you and a breeze to drive to and from will actually help boost your willingness to go to training. It’s a simple psychological trick but it works!


One thing that the Body Master Fitness Studio in Houston, TX is familiar with is experience and what exactly that entails. With the ease of starting just about any profession in our current digital age (I mean is every YouTube star really a great actor?), there are more and more personal trainers popping up as the position is viewed as an “easy job”. Let me tell you that this is the wrong way to approach it as it involves a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes and any good trainer will know this. The primary role of any PT is to make sure that you are motivated, taken care of, and your needs are met. This doesn’t just mean taking you to the gym and forcing you to lift weights until you “feel” like you’ve had a good workout. Rather, this comes in the form of listening to the client and actually hearing what they say.

When picking a personal trainer, have a talk with them and ask directly how they will help you if you happen to injure yourself during a workout. Will they keep pushing you on that hurt shoulder or will they adjust the workout to keep your other parts going until your shoulder recovers? A lot of so-called professional trainers will pick the former or instead, just send you home for a few weeks until you recover while keeping your deposit. That doesn’t seem fair though as you, the client, may want to keep working out but as I mentioned, sometimes trainers will not listen and that separates those with real experience from those who dabble.

Experienced, well-trained trainers will know what to look for and most of the time not even let your shoulder reach the point of complete discomfort. Not only that but when something happens in your life that may negatively affect your energy and drive, they are there to listen as well as push you forward. Naturally, we all want a trainer who knows their stuff but when real experience shines through and they’re able to help you beyond just lifting weights, you know you’ve found a great trainer.


While some personal trainers give you a monthly non-refundable charge that you have to use it or lose it, there are still some that offer a package deal. You pay for the sessions you would like and use them as you are able to within your schedule. These are rare and few between but most of the time, when these packages are offered, it’s because the trainer is looking to really improve you and fit your schedule rather than just trying to make a sucker out of you.

Be upfront about what you want to pay and see if there is a plan you two can work out that will fit your budget, schedule, and everything else.

In closing, the three core components of finding a great personal trainer are someone that is located a reasonable distance from you, someone that is experienced and reliable, and finally, someone who gives a fair way to arrange your sessions rather than trying to slight you of your hard earned funds. Finding a personal trainer in Houston, TX is a difficult task but with this extra knowledge, should prove a bit easier the next time you begin looking.

Until next time, think healthy, be healthy!

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10 Responses

  1. Jack Titchener

    Jack Titchener August 1, 2017 at 5:28 pm | | Reply

    I really like the idea of a personal trainer motivating others to push limits and get needs met. I’ve been thinking about getting a personal trainer to get in shape, but am not really sure what I should be looking for. Thank you for the helpful personal trainer tips!

  2. Gloria Durst

    Gloria Durst September 5, 2017 at 9:33 pm | | Reply

    It sounds like a smart tip to consider how much experience a personal trainer has before you hire them. Finding out how many people they have worked with before would help you know how much experience they have. My brother is looking for someone to help give him nutrition and training advice, so he’ll have to find someone with plenty of experience.

  3. Marcus Coons

    Marcus Coons September 11, 2017 at 11:34 pm | | Reply

    It really helped when you mentioned how taking the time to choose a personal trainer that can train you in any location you choose can provide the best services you can get. I can understand how taking the time to do some research and to compare several professionals can help you find the best person to train you. Personally, I would want to take the time to read some online reviews and to find a trainer that can work with the type of training I want to have.

  4. Max

    Max October 6, 2017 at 5:14 pm | | Reply

    I’ve been wanting to find a personal trainer to help me get into better shape, and I think that being able to ask them directly how they can help like you said would be good. I would hate to hire a personal trainer who doesn’t know what they’re doing, so being able to talk to them about it beforehand would be good. I’m going to have to find a trainer I’m going to be comfortable talking to, and hopefully get my personal fitness on track!

  5. Theodore

    Theodore November 13, 2017 at 3:21 pm | | Reply

    I’ve been wanting to buff up for a long time as I’ve always been the pudgy guy next door. I’ve tried many exercise regimen online but nothing seemed to work for me. So now I’ve decided that it may be a good time to get professional help. I agree that having an experienced professional create a personalized fitness regimen for you could help a lot in achieving your goal. A personal trainer is also someone who you can converse to and interact with — making your daily routine that more interesting and motivating.

  6. Gary Puntman

    Gary Puntman April 30, 2018 at 2:33 pm | | Reply

    I agree that convenience is a key component when you are picking a personal trainer. You want to make sure your schedules will match up and you will have the ability to go to your sessions easily. Location is important too, like you mentioned. You don’t want to spend a long time traveling, especially when you are tired after working out.

  7. Hannah Neilson

    Hannah Neilson May 4, 2018 at 1:17 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the tip about considering how a personal trainer handles injuries. Finding someone who has a good injury policy would also show that they care about your wellbeing. My sister is looking to lose some weight after she had her baby, so she’ll have to find a good personal trainer to keep her motivated.

  8. Jordan Miner

    Jordan Miner May 20, 2018 at 4:41 am | | Reply

    I’ve been looking for a good personal trainer that could help me get into shape. I’m glad you talked about how you should look at the value of personal trainers, which I think would be good. I’m going to have to look for a good personal trainer and see what we can find!

  9. Sutton Turner

    Sutton Turner June 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm | | Reply

    I am glad you said that convenience is actually one of the key components when picking someone to train you. I am looking into getting into shape by hiring my own personal trainer. I appreciate the tips for picking the perfect trainer for you.

  10. Gary Puntman

    Gary Puntman November 26, 2018 at 3:59 pm | | Reply

    I would love to get a personal trainer. I’ve been wanting to get back in shape, but I need the extra motivation. I’ll have to start searching for someone to hire soon. I definitely want to find someone who will understand what my level of fitness is so that I don’t become too uncomfortable, like you said.

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