Lots of good tips in this article for people searching for a qualified fitness professional to work with. To sum up: do your homework; don’t expect miracles; stay alert for lousy advice and unqualified instructors; and, plan to do some work. No trainer can make you do what you need to do. That’s your job.

To get the most out of your personal training sessions and workout classes, it helps to be a good client who knows how things work. Plus, it’s always nice to be nice and make things easier for your instructors.