Finding the Perfect fit in your Personal Trainer

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(Editors note: Fierth.com Welcomes Ken Hunt, Owner of NYC’s Steel Gym; Ken will be bringing you weekly fitness & workout tips as well as keeping you updated on healthy eating and overall well being,)

The Fall and Winter are a great time to rev-up your workouts.  And, if you are like most people, you might have gotten a bit stale with your routine.  So a great way to jumpstart yourself can be working with a personal training However, choosing the trainer that’s right for you can be a challenge.   So, here are some quick guidelines on how to find your perfect match

Your Goals

First, take some time to decide what you want to accomplish. What are your goals?  Be honest with yourself.  And give yourself a reasonable time-line to reach them.

Accreditation

A personal trainer should hold a current certification This will give you the assurance that you are working with a professional who has the knowledge and skills to provide you with a safe and effective workout.

Work Experience And Area Of Specialization

Does he/ she have expertise in a certain area of fitness or prefer to work with certain types of clients, for example — sports conditioning, pre-natal fitness or post-rehabilitation?

Ask For References

Talk to fellow members of your health club or friends who are currently working with trainers for their recommendations. Watch the trainers at your gym and note how they interact with their clients. Take note of your fellow members who have gotten in better shape. There is no better testimonial than someone who is achieving their goals.

Talk To The Trainer

Interview a few trainers before deciding on one. Developing a personal, yet professional relationship with your trainer is very important. Trust your instincts.  The personal trainer you select should motivate you using positive, not negative, reinforcement. Importantly, that trainer should be someone you like.

Rates

Personal training fees vary based on a trainer’s experience and reputation. Be upfront about your trainers fees.  Ask if they offer a reduced rate for buying multiple sessions. Be clear about your expectations as well

Decide If This Is Someone You Can Work With

Don’t choose a trainer just because of the way her or she looks. The knowledgeable and experienced personal trainer who fits your style is the one to hire — because that is the professional who will help you achieve the best results.

Ken Hunt is an AFI-certified trainer and owner of Steel Gym in New York City. Ken’s articles have been featured in The New York Times, Compete, Horizon Barcelona, LaCosmopolatina, Dignity, Men's Fitness, Genre, HX, Stonewall News and EXIT South Africa, and he’s a frequent guest on Sirius OutQ Radio. Ken also travels the country lecturing on physical fitness and sharing his work-out secrets. He is currently finishing his new book “ The Hunt for Fitness,” working an a new cable TV project. Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. The gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY 212.352.9876 http://www.steelgym.com Steel Gym has been named one of the top 5 gyms in the U.S. by Muscle and Fitness Magazine. Steel is also ranked as the "#1 Gym in New York" by the American Fitness Institute for "cost, cleanliness, equipment and service," and has been called "the last real gym left in New York" by famed bodybuilder Victor Martinez. For the second year in a row Steel was awarded both the Talk Of The Town Award for outstanding customer service, and received the New York Award for Physical Fitness. Steel Gym is located at 146 W. 23rd St, New York, NY http://steelgym.com

3 Comments

  1. Randy

    November 17, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    What a great article. It is good to see Ken’s articles again. My compliment’s to FIERTH for landing him as a writer. This place only gets better and better.

  2. Steven Blittersdorf

    November 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    This is the man who got my ass back into shape and has helped me find a love for fitness and has also helped me with starting to become a certified personal trainer. If you are looking for that kind of help Ken is your man.

  3. KID AKIMBO

    November 18, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    right on, Randy. i’m glad to see Ken now writing for Fierth.com as well. 🙂
    Ken’s an excellent personal trainer– dedicated, reliable, and with a good sense of humour. i’m happy to have his help reaching my goals as a performing artist. and i’m sure the community will benefit from his perspectives.
    thanks, Ken!

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