Choosing Your Personal Trainer

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Updated: 8/14/2012 2:22 pm Published: 8/13/2012 3:51 pm

There are several reasons someone might need a personal trainer. It could be be a recommendation from a doctor or a personal goal you're ready to meet. Personal Trainer and Assistant Manager at Lululemon Athletica Tulsa Jennifer Landrum says it is important to work with a personal trainer if recommended by a doctor until you know you can performed the exercises safely on your own.  Cost can be a factor, but there are ways to make it affordable. "There are trainers that allow you to split sessions with a friend or join a small group. If it’s accountability alone, try joining a class first," Landrum said. After you've decided you a personal trainer is the route you want to take, Landrum says to ask your friends for referrals. "Friends that like to exercise similarly to you are going to be a great reference for a successful match. Look around your gym as well. Pay attention to the way trainers are motivating their clients and the exercises that are doing with their clients," she said. "A perfect FREE preview!" Landrum says to ask your potential trainer for credentials, referrals, years of experience, and how they like to sweat. Other questions include "What is their programming like programming? How do they plan their workouts? How often do they change the routine, and how do they measure progress?" she said. A personal trainer is more expensive than a membership to a gym, but it can mean getting a workout in or not. "You will have to pay for a great trainer. Credentials and years of experience may mean a higher rate. You might look for trainers that allow you to split workouts with friends. Above all-know the details. What is the cancellation policy? How long do you have to use your sessions? Do they have a refund policy?" Landrum said.

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