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Selecting a Certified Personal Trainer

In recent years, many people have turned to personal trainers for guidance, motivation, consultation and inspiration. Today, the personal trainer is becoming as relevant as doctors, dentists, barbers or therapists. Indeed, the role of the personal trainer in bodybuilding will become a standard for health and fitness in the coming years.

The hour you spend with your trainer is an hour spent squarely on you. It is your opportunity to ask questions about fitness goals and to learn new exercises and health tips. Nothing else matters for that one hour, but you.

A personal trainer is there to help you feel good about yourself and, literally, he has the power to transform your body, attitude and even your life.

Where to Begin?
A personal trainer is there to help you feel good about yourself and, literally, he has the power to transform your body, attitude and even your life. Finding the right mix of knowledge, personality, talent and affordability is a challenge. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're looking for a potential trainer.
Credibility - What kind of background does the trainer have? Has he been certified by a credited association. Is he insured? Is he a freelancer or employed by the gym? Does he own his own gym or fitness studio? Is he a certified nutritionist?

Personality - This is a big one. When you first meet a potential trainer, ask yourself these questions. Is it easy to have a fun conversation? Do you feel comfortable together? Can I trust this man? Will this man keep me focused, motivated and inspired? Is the trainer concerned with my personal safety when training?

Value - Trainers come in all shapes, sizes and price points, which can vary from only $45 an hour to $100 or more. Not all trainers offer the same benefits so be careful when comparing trainers, make sure you compare apples-to-apples.

Services - When selecting a trainer make sure you have a general idea of the services you will need. Do you need nutritional counseling? Is weight training your main focus? Do you need cardiovascular training? Or, do you need an entire plan that encompasses all of the above.

Environment - Where you exercise and train is also an important consideration when selecting a trainer. Do you feel comfortable being surrounded by other clients or is a private atmosphere more focused and efficient? Is the equipment relatively new or is it antiquated? Is the equipment clean? Does the environment motivate you and allow you to stay focused on your primary objective? Is the location convenient and accessible?

References - Make sure you ask and follow-up on them.

Momentum - Motivation begins and ends with incentive. You have to know what you want and why you want it. Attainment may be a reward in and of itself. In body-sculpting, achieving a specific improvement provides the incentive for going after more. More strength, stamina, cuts or sheer muscle mass are incentives for even more strength, stamina, cuts and muscle mass. But they may also be a part of larger picture such as being admired, being a winner or achiever, shaping a personal identity, or gaining peer acceptance; these are powerful motivating forces, use them.

Here are a few tips to stay motivated:

* Construct appropriate and attainable goals - this gives you direction and purpose.
* Be positive. Build your self-esteem.
* They say 10% is what happens to you and attitude is the other 90%. Keeping this in-mind, focusing your attitude on you and your health is extremely important in staying motivated. Like in any endeavor you try, having a positive upbeat attitude is the key to success or failure.

Working with the right personal trainer can literally change your life. Reaching personal fitness goals are one of the most difficult challenges we face. But by believing in yourself and with a little help you can attain the results you have always dreamed of!

Rick Gusler is a certified personal trainer and diet nutritionist who serves his clients through Gusler Body Sculpting Fitness Center in central Denver. To schedule a free consultation, or to learn more about the Gusler method of body sculpting, spin yoga, or Rick's Boot Camp, please contact him at 303.860.7131 or online at

Gusler Body Sculpting Fitness Center, LLC
459 Acoma Street · Denver, Colorado 80204 · 303-860-7131
Hours: Monday-Friday: 6am-8pm · Saturday: Closed · Sunday: Closed