How often to work out with a trainer, what to look for in a trainer and what trainers hate

A client asked me how many times a week he should work with a trainer. It really depends on your goals and your budget. It would be ideal to work with a fitness trainer three times a week, but private trainers are expensive. Let your budget be your guide. Shop around because session fees can vary greatly. When searching for a trainer you’ll want to make sure this person has the proper certifications and jives with your personality. If you don’t like your trainer, it won’t be a good fit.

Your trainer should be able to understand your goals, go over which foods are fattening, and encourage you every step of the way. Your trainer should never make you feel fat, unattractive, or bad about yourself. You give yourself enough grief; you shouldn’t pay someone else for that too! If you’re giving it your all, that’s all you can give.

You can make your training experience better by following the five steps below:

(They may not tell you this, but I will! These are fitness professional’s biggest pet peeves.)


  1. Wear deodorant and clean workout clothes. (If you are working out with weights they cannot spot you from across the room!)
  2. Stop making excuses and just do it.
  3. Follow their recommendations. (They’re the expert. That’s why you hired them!)
  4. Don’t wear cologne. (Some people are allergic or sensitive to scents)
  5. Cancel the appointment if you’re sick. (They don’t want to catch your cold!)

The bottom line is that you and your trainer work well together. If it’s not working, don’t give up. Find someone else that’s a better match. It’s your money, after all.

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