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As the wellness revolution takes hold, the demand for personal trainers has escalated in Pakistan. In addition to being very fashionable, hiring a personal trainer, be it one who comes to your home or one at your gym, can bring about remarkable results if you are trying to get into shape.

It is best to be thorough when choosing a trainer, especially if you are a woman and are opting to have the trainer come to your house.

Here are some factors to consider before hiring a personal trainer:

1.  Test and then select. It is impossible to judge a trainer unless you have actually interacted with them during a workout, so ask for trial sessions before making the final decision. Referrals from friends or family are an ideal starting point.

2. Appearances can be deceptive. A person who looks like a model in a fitness magazine may not know the first thing about helping you achieve your goals. Ask potential trainers to explain their training philosophy; how do they assess, train and motivate clients? Make sure your trainer has the knowledge to conceptualise an exercise regimen that is customised to suit your fitness level, body’s requirements and confidence level.

3.  Beware of gossips. An important factor when considering a personal trainer is comfort level. Personal training can be an intimate relationship. Your trainer knows your measurements, weight and food fears. If you hear the trainer talk about their other clients, rest assured you will be discussed as well.

4.  Prices. Personal trainers who go to their clients’ homes usually charge between
Rs 12,000-25,000 per month. This usually includes three one-hour sessions a week. Several gyms have trainers who can give you tips, although their approach is not as personalised.

– Fauzia Kerai Khan

First published in the Health Advertiser Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on April 8, 2012.

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