Should You Choose a Personal Trainer Based on Looks?

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Does the way your trainer looks affect your impression of them? Or vice versa? Find out the best criteria for YOU.
Air Date: 4/16/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dick Cotton
Richard Cotton new resizedAs the national director of certification programs, Cotton oversees ACSM's strategic development of certification programs and projects and will further ACSM's reputation as the Gold Standard in certification. Since 1975, ACSM has certified more than 25,000 health and fitness professionals. Cotton served as a regional certification director for the College since 1984.

Dick Cotton has worked in the health and fitness industry for 30 years and holds ACSM Preventive and Rehabilitative Program Director and ACSM Exercise Specialist certifications

Cotton is also a personal wellness coach, assessing individual health and fitness needs and helping his clients to develop goals and objectives for achieving optimum fitness. Prior to joining ACSM, Cotton served as chief exercise physiologist for, a Web site dedicated to improving fitness for individuals and corporations. For the American Council on Exercise, he was chief exercise physiologist and vice president for publications.

Cotton holds a master's degree in physical education/exercise physiology from San Diego State University. He is a frequent expert source for the media, having contributed to many publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post
Should You Choose a Personal Trainer Based on Looks?
Would you work with a personal trainer who carries a little extra weight?

Or would you only work with a trainer that has a perfect body?

Has your trainer ever struggled with weight as you have?

Does he or she understand the needs you have, and the best way to work you out?

The trainer you choose needs to fit your needs and your struggles. It's not a simple formula, either. Not every trainer will be able to understand what you're going through, or be able to help you reach your goals.

Special guest Dick Cotton shares some advice on how to pick a trainer that will help you get the best results - whether your goal is improving your fitness level, strength, or even just eating better.