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Tracking Down A Personal Trainer

December 5, 2011, 6:08 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Tracking Down A Personal Trainer
SIOUX FALLS, SD - With all the cookies and candies, it can be difficult to lose weight during the holiday season. That's why now is one of the most popular times of the year for people to seek help from personal trainers.

Finding the right personal trainer can be difficult and there are things you should consider before committing to one.

Melissa Okerlund sought the help of a personal trainer first to lose weight, then to regain strength after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for cancer.

"I had several surgeries, so he's helped me build up my core," Okerlund said.

But choosing the right personal trainer can be difficult, especially with no regulations on who can call themselves a trainer.

"There's no state regulation. If you wanted to become a trainer and put a sign up in your garage and invite your friends over, you could do it," Corey Howard of Results Personal Training said.

Howard says one of the main things you should look for when hiring a personal trainer is that they know how to exercise safely.

"The last thing you want is to go to the gym and start losing weight, and then they didn't teach you the proper form, and now you're injured," Howard said.

Howard also says you should look into the trainer's education: who did they learn from? You should also ask for testimonials.

"The testimonials should be relevant to what you're trying to achieve. In other words, if you want to lose 10 pounds, you don't want to sign up with somebody who only trains defensive linemen in football," Howard said.

That is exactly what Okerlund did and she's happy with her progress so far.

"I also went on Corey's website for results and read about his licensing and what he's done and felt like it was a good fit for me," Okerlund said.

And the right fit has led to an increased level of fitness.

Howard says you should also check out what, if any, certifications a personal trainer has.

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