Choose a Fitness Trainer

If you’ve decided to become more active but want some extra help, working with a fitness trainer may be just the thing. A trainer can help you choose exercises that are right for you and show you how to do them safely.

One of the best ways to find a personal trainer is to get a referral from someone you know who has a great trainer. Ask your friends and family or your health care provider. You also can check with a local health club or senior center. Once you have a couple of names, here are a few questions to help you pick the right person. If you can answer YES to most of these questions, you’re probably on the right track.

Some Sample Questions to Ask:

CheckDoes the trainer have a passion for working with older adults?

CheckDoes the trainer have education or experience in exercise science, aging, and program design?

CheckIs the trainer certified by an accredited organization?

CheckIs the trainer experienced in working with people of your age and/or with your medical condition?


Download the tip sheet on the right to get a full list of questions.