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5 Things to look for in a Personal Trainer

Spotting a quality personal trainer can be tricky.  Let’s look at how to find a good personal trainer in Salem Oregon.

Now that January is almost over, the gyms are starting to return to normal capacity. Many of those who had started out with so much resolve are finding that they’re actually ok with how they look. Then, there are those who are simply finding that motivating themselves is the most challenging part. The desire to change is strong, but for many people accountability is key and often times a “workout buddy”  proves unreliable.

A personal trainer offers a reliable source of motivation. Since someone is waiting for you, finding excuses to sleep in isn’t as easy. Your personal trainer can supply a wealth of knowledge and ensure that you get the most out of each workout, which in turn delivers faster results. Sounds pretty good eh? But before you hire your sister’s ex boyfriend who you ran into at the local dive bar, consider these five things:

Five things to look for in a personal trainer

  1. Professional - Does the trainer carry themselves well?  Do they exude confidence?  Are they professional when dealing with you at all times?  Professionalism is key.

  2. Educated - Do they have a certification?  Do they have experience?  This is a tricky one. Not all certified trainers are great and not all great trainers have certifications, BUT all the good ones have experience one way or another.

  3. Personality - Does your trainer have fun and push you in ways that are innovative?  Are you bored after the second session? Do they make you feel confident in your own abilities? When looking for a personal trainer in Salem, Oregon, choose one that isn’t afraid to be themselves and have fun.

  4. Motivated - Do they push you?  Do they push themselves?  Does your trainer look like someone you want to emulate?  Do they have a vision for you?  This is one of the most important aspects of a personal trainer.  Without a motivating coach, you might not get very far when the going gets tough.

  5. Legalities - Does your trainer offer an initial consultation, /fitness assessment/measurements, and body fat testing?  Do they have legal paperwork for you to sign before beginning?  These peripheral aspects speak volumes of a trainer’s legitimacy.

So basically these things can be boiled down to the question, “is my trainer able, confident, and willing?”


Mike Walsh Personal Trainer Salem, Oregon

Mike Walsh is a Marine Veteran and Personal Trainer in Salem Oregon who currently operates at his gym Northwest Forge. He has experience training athletes, expecting mothers, actors preparing for a role, those trying to lose weight, and weight lifters.  He has been coaching individuals who seek to live a healthier lifestyle for over eight years. In addition to personal training, MIke offers clients dietary plans to help achieve goals and leads a Boot Camp on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Forge. If you would like a consultation, feel free to contact Mike and be sure to visit the Northwest Forge Facebook to keep up to date with special events and news.