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What You Should Look for In a Personal Trainer

Thinking of hiring a personal trainer to help with your fitness or weight loss goals? Not quite sure what you should be looking for in one though? Lucky for you our expert fitness and weight loss trainers in Calgary have you covered with the following essential list. 

You've made the decision to hire a personal trainer to help with your weight loss or fitness goals. That's great! Now all you have to do is pick the right one. Easier said than done. Especially now with more and more personal trainers entering the industry. Good thing you've got the below list to help you weed out the bad ones and identify the good ones.

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What You Should Look for In a Personal Trainer

Choosing the right personal trainer can be a challenge. And it's only gotten harder with the advent of social media and Instagram fitness influencers. But if you're going to be spending your hard earned money on a fitness or weight loss trainer, then it's important you look for the following things before signing up for any services.


The fitness industry is unregulated. That means anyone can claim to be a personal trainer and there are no governing bodies to say otherwise. Which is why it's extremely important to ask any potential personal trainer you're thinking of hiring what they're credentials are and what certifications they have. In North America, the most respected credentialing organizations and certifications are as follows: 

  • CSEP-CPT (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology — Certified Personal Trainer)
  • NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
  • ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)
  • NSCA-CPT (National Strength and Conditioning Association — Certified Personal Trainer)
  • NFPT (National Federation of Personal Trainers)

No matter what certification your potential personal trainer has, be sure to research it online. If they don't have any certification, tell them thanks but no thanks.


Nobody wants to be a guinea pig. Especially when they're paying to be one. You want your personal trainer to have the experience necessary to help you achieve your fitness or weight loss goals. They should have a long list of clients who they've helped lose weight or become more fit and they should be willing to put you in touch with those clients so they can act as a reference. 

The biggest thing experience provides a personal trainer is the various challenges or obstacles they've had to overcome with previous clients in order to achieve their goals. This allows them to quickly identify those same issues with their current clients so they can get them back on track right away. 

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Once you've determined the personal trainer you're thinking of hiring is certified and experienced, you need to make sure they're someone you can get along with and take instructions from. Whereas the first two things required an analytical and research-based approach, this part is something you'll have to use your gut to judge. 

While some enjoy a more positive and rah-rah personal trainer to get them through their workouts, others feed off of the intensity a drill sergeant type provides. It's completely personal preference. You just need to know which camp you fall into.

Other important things to look for

While credentials, experience, and personality are the most important things you need to look for in a personal trainer, they're certainly not the only things. Here are the other important aspects you'll want to know about your potential workout guru before signing on the dotted line:

  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Specialties
  • Philosophy
  • Nutrition plan

The last line on the above list bears emphasizing, especially if your main focus is weight loss. While some personal trainers may not incorporate nutrition or lifestyle coaching into their programs, the really good ones do. With how important nutrition and lifestyle habits are to achieving fitness or weight loss goals, not addressing them or providing guidance with regard to them as a personal trainer is a severe oversight. 

Hopefully this article has helped you think of some good questions for your personal training candidates. Just remember that Jensen Fitness is always here to help with our weight loss challenges and weight loss programs for those looking to lose weight, and our fitness training for those looking to take their physique and physical capabilities to the next level.

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Are you ready for a total body and life transformation? To find out more about our virtual and online weight loss and fitness programs and how our highly qualified personal trainers in Calgary can help you achieve incredible, safe, and sustainable results, contact us by calling 403-200-0199 or by filling out our online contact form.

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