How exciting, you’ve decided to get fit! This is a big step and one to be very proud of… Step 2 is finding the best fitness specialist that can help you in achieving your specific fitness goals. With nearly a decade of experience in the fitness and wellness industry, I’ve seen it all- from the good to the not so good practices that this industry has to offer. In this article, I will guide you through a checklist of critical factors to consider when selecting the best personal trainers in San Diego. While I reference San Diego, which is the home-base of my organization (Strive Personal Training Studios, Inc.) and by far one of the most saturated and competitive fitness markets in the world, you should note that this checklist below can be applied anywhere, not just for personal trainers in San Diego…. With nearly 300,000 personal trainers practicing in the United States and that number projected to increase by 24% in 2020, clients will need to do a little bit more research to ensure their personal trainer is in fact the best fit for their needs.

So let’s get started! When looking for the best personal trainers in San Diego, you should have a clear understanding of your specific objectives. Generally speaking, are you trying to lose weight? Prepare for an upcoming marathon? Get off blood-pressure meds? Need motivation and inspiration to simply start working out? All of these are valid reasons to seek professional guidance, especially if your track-record isn’t so great… So once you’ve established a general sense of your goals, start the search using the guidelines below!

Are they credentialed? What is their educational background?  

Getting a personal trainer is an investment in both time and money. Treat your selection as an interview process, especially since this personal interaction is crucial to the symbiotic online casinos client-trainer recipe for success. Make sure your personal trainer has a certification from a reputable organization and/or degrees in the exercise physiology field. Some examples of these nationally recognized certifications would include: American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). In addition to carrying the necessary certs, does this trainer have a formal education in an academic setting; do they have a degree in exercise-science/physical education/kinesiology? Lastly, make sure that your trainer has a current CPR and First Aid Certification as well.

What type of experience do they have?

In addition to their credentials and education, what level of experience does this personal trainer have? How long have they been practicing? What is their experience in working with individuals that share your similar goals? Do they have success in working with those types of populations? If you have any specific health issues or physical limitations, it may be important to understand their experience in working with those specific types of issues. What is their strategy for preventing and dealing with injuries? How do they customize a workout to work around any unique issues? Specifically, you should know their experience in working with others that share your fitness level, health status, age, interests, and goals.

How is your program designed?

The best personal trainers in San Diego (or the industry for that matter) will start any new-client relationship with a fitness assessment. This assessment is usually free, and gives both parties an opportunity to meet and discuss objectives. During this assessment, a client undergoes various tests, discusses specific goals, and is prescribed an optimal strategy to achieving those goals. The best personal trainers should be able to share what type of workout program they would develop to help you achieve your specific goals. While your trainer may be very passionate about a certain modality of training, they should be familiar with a variety of training styles and understand the advantages and drawbacks of each. Key questions to ask during this assessment would be:

  1. How do they design client programs? Is each client unique or do they follow a general approach for everyone?
  2. How often do they track progress? What key fitness parameters will they be measuring?
  3. How often will they change the workout routine? Routines can get stale and results can start to plateau, so how do they mitigate these situations?
  4. What kind of motivational techniques do you implement to help clients stay motivated?
  5. What is your communication strategy? How do we reach you if we have any questions outside of sessions?
  6. What type of workouts do you provide when not actually present? (For example, Strive trainers provide their clients with a new routine on a monthly-basis that they complete outside of their regular training sessions)
  7. How will you work around my specific needs? (Injuries, health issues, physical limitations, etc.)
  8. How does scheduling work? (Strive provides clients with an interface that they can access thru their mobile devices to view schedules, receive reminders, and cancel appointments)
  9. What is their cancellation policy?
  10. Do you provide nutritional guidance? Nutritional tracking tools?
  11. Do you have any current clients I could contact as references? Any success stories?


Personal trainers wear many hats throughout each day, and it is hard to decipher the good ones from the elite! It is easy to be fooled by a fit and healthy human preaching to others, but does their audio match their visual? Finding the right fit takes time but will result in a lasting and successful partnership. Good luck- and of course I had to throw this in… If you are interested in a San Diego personal trainer, contact Strive today for a complimentary (FREE) fitness assessment so we can assess your fitness/health goals, measure your key fitness parameters, and prescribe you with an optimal solution to achieving them.

Also, feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or specific needs regarding personal training thru email at I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction!

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