6 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Personal Trainer

So you want to hire a personal trainer, but you’re not sure where to start looking or what kinds of questions to ask?


Don’t worry, the experts here at Ideal Physiques, Arizona’s Top Personal Training Company, are here to help you find the best trainer for your health and fitness journey.


When doing your research to find the best trainer for you, Team Ideal Physiques recommends you should ask these six questions to make sure you feel comfortable investing in your trainer.


1. Can you tell me about your education, experience and areas of specialization?


You should want to work with an expert and feel comfortable investing in someone you are confident can help you reach your goals.


Do not hesitate to ask the trainer about his or her years of experience, credentials and certifications, and any areas they might specialize in.


If your goal is to increase endurance and flexibility, make sure your trainer knows how to incorporate exercises that will allow you to achieve those goals. 


Similarly, if you’re recovering from an injury, it’s important your trainer understands how to modify your workouts and help you reach your goals safely. 


2. What’s included in your services? 


When looking for the best trainer for you, make sure you ask what is included in his or her services.


Will you get nutrition coaching as well as in-person training? What about weekly or day-to-day communication? 


Once you find out everything that is offered within your training program, you can decipher if this trainer will meet all of your needs and provide support and coaching for everything you’re looking for.


3. Do you have any references?


It’s normal to feel nervous about asking someone to back up their experience, but shake that off!


Whether you’re looking for in-person training or a digital coach, you want the best trainer you can find, so it’s always important to ask for references.


Feel free to ask the trainer for names and testimonials of other clients he or she has worked with that are similar to you and share similar fitness goals. This way, you know that your trainer has a clear understanding of your unique challenges and needs.


If you want to take your research one step further, check out the trainer’s reviews online and reach out to someone who has left a review!


You can personally ask them all about their experience working with their trainer, what the trainer’s strengths and weaknesses are, and communication preferences he or she has.


4. How much do you charge?


While we all want to save money, be cautious if a trainer is charging you extremely low rates. If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


The last thing you want to do is put your health in the hands of someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.


Keep in mind that rates can vary depending on location, length of sessions, the trainer’s credentials and specializations, and years of experience and expertise.


If a trainer is only charging $20-30 for a 60-minute session, proceed with caution as rates this low could be a sign of a trainer with very little experience or education.


5. Tell me about your cancellation policy and communication style.


Whoever you hire to help you with your fitness goals should be an open book throughout your experience working together.


From pricing to cancellation policies to communication, ask them anything that comes to mind! If you notice they are hesitant to answer your questions or they give you half-answered responses, this will only lead you to more confusion down the line.


Full transparency is important throughout your entire working relationship.


6. Will you be able to work around my schedule? 


The last question we recommend you ask your trainer is about the compatibility of the relationship itself. 


Do you want to workout in the morning or evening? Make sure you tell them what your schedule is so they can accommodate. 


More importantly, do you feel a comfortable energy with this person? You should be able to pick up on this after your first time meeting, and definitely after your first training session.


If something feels off, talk to them about it directly. If you don’t even feel comfortable bringing it up, it’s time to find a different trainer!




It’s so important to find a trainer that you enjoy working with. Physical fitness is a lifestyle commitment, so if you want to find someone who can help you achieve your long term goals, you’re going to be working with them for awhile. Make sure it’s a match!