How often should I see a personal trainer?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Start heavy on instruction with a personal trainer, with a number of sessions in a row, and then taper off. A good trainer will focus closely on technique, so you learn how to do each exercise properly. See the trainer several times in the first two weeks. Having a number of sessions close together reinforces what you learn, and you won't forget as easily. After the first two weeks, go for a refresher once a week for a month and then monthly after that, or as needed.
How often you should see a personal trainer depends on your goals, your current fitness levels and your economics. People see a personal trainer anywhere from a few times a month to several times a week. The more benefit you feel you get from seeing the trainer the more you should see him or her so long as your budget can afford it.

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