Do you want a personal trainer to whip you into shape or coax you into a cardio routine? Here's how to find one that's a perfect fit.
There you are dripping with sweat, muscles trembling, as you grunt out a last rep with a pair of dumbbells. And your trainer is right there beside you, taking your stray beads of perspiration on the chin.
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So how do you find a trainer who's right for you?
Before you begin your interviews, think of who will best motivate you. If you get enough of a demanding boss at work, you may lean towards a trainer with a gentle approach. If you need someone who won't let you weasel out of a workout, you may want a trainer who stresses discipline.
If you can't imagine baring your midriff during a workout, you'll probably want to pass on a trainer who shows off her pierced bellybutton, even if her credentials are perfect.
Personal trainer Michael Youssouf suggests you ask yourself:
Whether or not you choose a trainer of the same gender is a personal decision. Some women feel less intimidated with a woman trainer. But other women feel a sense of competition with a woman trainer they don't feel when training with a man.
Similarly, some men only feel driven by a male trainer, while others feel more comfortable working with a woman.
Whichever gender you choose, it's essential that you feel comfortable with your personal trainer. Working out, losing weight and getting in shape is challenging enough without putting additional obstacles in your way.
Once you find a trainer with the right personality, you need to make sure he or she has the right skills and credentials.