Even so, a personal trainer should set a good example for clients, Hill says.
A trainer should practice what they preach by leading a healthy lifestyle and exercising regularly,” she says.
And be sure the personal trainer you enlist has the experience and knowledge to help with your specific situation. For example, if you are an older adult with osteoarthritis in your knees and you’d like a personal trainer to help you lose a few pounds, a trainer with extensive experience in collegiate athletics probably isn’t the best fit.
“There are several specializations out there,” Hill says. “An exercise program for an older person can be different than a college athlete, so finding a trainer that specializes in your goals would be your best option.”