2012 is drawing to a close and the new year means many of us will make a resolution to get in shape. A personal trainer can be a great resource to help us, but it's important to choose the right one.
Cindy Ross of Bodies by Cindy says a good trainer can help with any fitness goal, from running a marathon to fitting in your Mardi Gras dress.
"You tell them your problem spots, what you're hoping to achieve, and a good trainer can help you decide what program best fits you," Cindy says.
The first step is to do your research. Find out if the trainer you're looking at is legitimately qualified.
"There are a couple different degrees and certifications that are more recognized than others," Cindy says. "AFAA, ACSM, also ACE."
Cindy says a specialized degree, like one in exercise science or physiology, is also a big plus.
Next, make sure the trainer is someone you'll enjoy seeing multiple times a week.
"Ask for references, maybe a past client or a current client, and see how their experience was with that trainer," Cindy says.
Finally, inform your trainer of any past injuries or special health limitations to make sure they're familiar with it.