Personal training instruction is valuable for anyone who lifts weights; even hiring a trainer for a few beginner sessions is beneficial. This list of qualifications shows what to look for when hiring a personal trainer:

  • Certification: Your trainer should have a credential from a professional organization.

  • A personality that’s compatible with yours: Do you prefer a cheerleader or a drill sergeant?

  • Good teaching skills: Your trainer may have a PhD in physiology and be more congenial than Oprah Winfrey, but can she teach you to do a push-up?

  • Personal attention: A trainer shouldn’t give the same program to a 65-year-old woman and a professional hockey player. And your trainer should focus on you during your sessions, not check text messages, flirt with other gym goers, etc.