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If you have had a hard time sticking with regular exercise, you may want to hire a personal trainer. Personal trainers are not only for athletes. They can help people of all ages and abilities reach their fitness goals. A personal trainer can help you create a fitness plan that is right for you and help you stick with it.

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The Benefits of a Personal Trainer

A personal trainer can:

Affording a Personal Trainer

Of course, hiring a personal trainer does cost money. The hourly rate for trainers can range from $20 to $100 an hour. These costs vary depending on the trainer's location, experience, and type of workout.

Hiring a trainer may be more affordable than you think. Some trainers will charge less if you commit to a long-term package or pay for all your sessions upfront. You can also save money if you do 30-minute sessions or do sessions with a friend or group.

Here are some questions to ask about the cost:

Choosing a Personal Trainer

You can find personal trainers in your area by asking friends, family members, or coworkers for referrals. You can also check with local fitness centers and health clubs. Before you hire a personal trainer, meet with that person and ask about their training and experience. Here are some things to look for:

Know the Limits of Your Personal Trainer

Personal trainers can offer you professional advice on exercise. They can also provide general tips on living a healthy lifestyle. But be wary of a trainer who wants to offer more than that. Personal trainers are guided by a code of ethics and scope of practice for their field. Some red flags to watch for include:

When to Call Your Doctor

If you have been inactive for a while, or have a medical condition, you should talk with your provider to make sure you are healthy enough for exercise.


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