There's a lot to consider when you're making the decision to get a personal trainer or if you're in the search for a gym that's right for you.
In terms of a gym, you should keep in mind the old adage that realtors tout: location, location, location. If you pick a gym that's an hour's drive away, it's not likely that you'll go consistently.
You'll also want to consider cost. Be on the lookout for hidden fees or "promotional" prices that expire after a few months.
The culture of the gym might be something else you'll want to think about. Do you like loud, blaring music? Or do you prefer a more private, quiet gym? Do you feel comfortable in the weight room next to big, bulky guys?
Finally, hours of operation should fit your schedule. If you can't work out until later at night or you like to go very early in the morning, you might want an option that's open 24-hours a day.
When looking for a trainer, the most important thing to consider is if they are certified.
Second, you'll want to make sure you pick a trainer that you "fit" with. Only you know just what you're looking for in a trainer, so talk to others and get to know what each trainer is all about and how he or she can benefit your style of working out.
Even if you do your research, what if you don't like your trainer after a few sessions? What are your options?
While it may be uncomfortable, it's perfectly OK to "break up" with your trainer.
Listen in as Jim white, RD, discusses how to find the best fitness trainer that's just right for YOU.