How to Get the Right Personal Trainer


Jen Logan, Community Exercise and Aquatics Program Manager

Jennifer Logan, Community Exercise and Aquatics Program Manager

Looking to improve your physical fitness, or shake up your existing workout routine? It may be time to consider tapping the expertise of a personal trainer.

Personal training is not just for the rich and famous. Many everyday people who need a little help reaching their wellness goals find investing in personal training worthwhile. Think of a trainer as a navigator who guides you along your fitness journey.

Personal training does not need to be a long-term commitment. It can be used to jump-start a new routine. Many people also consult a trainer for short-term engagements to get ideas to avoid boredom or to overcome a fitness plateau.

Here’s what you need to know to make sure you pick the right personal trainer for you.

Consider your individual needs: Do you have special considerations, such as a joint replacement or balance issues? Find trainers who have experience working with clients that have similar issues. Even if you don’t have specific health needs, consider what you want in a workout. Do you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness, or strength train, or a little bit of both?

State your goals clearly: Make sure the trainer has the tools you need to succeed! For example, if you want to lose weight, you may also need assistance from a trainer with nutritional expertise, or a trainer who can collaborate with a nutrition professional.

Ask about your trainer’s education and experience: The more seasoned the trainer, the more likely will be able to help you achieve your goals. At South Shore Health, our trainers are experienced and educated professionals who have worked with a variety of clinical populations.

Think about how often you want to see your trainer: You may see your trainer once a week to work out with their supervision, or more sporadically if the trainer gives you written instruction between appointments. In either case, you should be working out multiple times per week to improve your fitness. Your trainer should assist you in determining an individualized weekly workout routine.

Pick a trainer who communicates well: This is one of the most important aspects of choosing a trainer. You may respond to one person’s style better than another. The more comfortable you are when you work with your trainer, the more effective the personal training sessions will be.

Wherever you are in your wellness journey, good luck! And don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way. It may be the thing that unlocks your full potential.

South Shore Health offers personal training. A 30-minute session costs $25. Call The Center for Physical Wellness at 781-624-4367 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.