One of the most important things when committing to fitness is your search for trainers. The first thing you always need to check for is their qualifications.
When searching for trainers, make sure they have taken their education through a recognized national organization. This will ensure that they have gone through proper learning and know what they are talking about.
The worst thing you can do when searching for trainers is hire someone who the membership sales people put you with when you first walk into the gym. Do not be afraid to ask questions. You are paying very good money for these workout sessions so you need to have someone who knows about your goals in particular. It will do you no good to work with an individual who specializes in bodybuilding if you are trying to get in shape to do a running race. You are much smarter to look for someone who has participated in or is very knowledgeable about your individual fitness goal.
Another thing to keep in mind is your availability. You need to make sure this person is going to be able to see you at a time that is convenient. If you work a 9-5 job and they are only at the gym until 4 that is going to make scheduling particularly difficult. Ask what their availability is like before you hire them, making sure that they will have plenty of openings for you so you can pick a time each week that works for you.
Finally the last thing to consider is their personality. You need to work with someone you can get along with. If you are the type who needs support and encouragement then having a professional who screams as a way to get you motivated is not going to work.
Being smart about choosing the individual to work with is one of the best things you can do to ensure you achieve fitness success!