Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Men's Health

Font Size

Finding a Personal Trainer

How to get the best match between your personal trainer and your fitness goals

Guy or gal?

A big question for some guys is whether or not they’ll be comfortable with a female certified personal trainer. While only a minority of male clients specifically ask for male trainers, trainers say that there are some reasons — primarily psychological — why a male trainer might be a better fit for a man.

Sometimes it’s a mindset issue. “I think men want to be challenged,” says Brian Schiff, who owns The Fitness Edge, a private fitness studio in Columbus, Ohio. “Some of the battles you fight with men are that they feel they don’t need any exercise help. So you need innovative ways to reach them.”

Some guys feel having another man training them removes any potential distractions, and a few have admitted to trainers that their wives would “freak out” if they had a woman working them into shape. But for the most part, personal trainers say that sex shouldn’t matter when it comes to finding the best trainer.

“Don’t pigeonhole yourself,” Florez says. “Female trainers are as good motivators as male trainers, so don’t discriminate by sex.” He notes that over the years of running his business, his most popular and best trainers have tended to be women.

Nor should you necessarily seek out a male trainer if you have men’s health issues. “There’s no reason a female trainer can’t understand things related to male health. It’s more important to find someone you can connect with,” says Jonathan Ross, the personal training director at the Sport Fit — Total Fitness Club in Bowie, Maryland.

Where and how to look for a personal trainer

If you have a good gym, that’s likely the best place to find a personal trainer. Trainers who work out of commercial health clubs tend also to have lower rates than those who have private studios. So get a list of your gym’s trainers and break the list down into specialties. For instance, one could be more of a weight trainer, and another might be more of a physical therapist for injured clients. Then read their biographies to get a sense of their history.

Today on WebMD

man coughing
Men shouldn’t ignore.
man swinging in hammock
And how to get out it.
shaving tools
On your shaving skills.
muscular man flexing
Four facts that matter.
Food Men 10 Foods Boost Male Health
Thoughtful man sitting on bed
Man taking blood pressure
doctor holding syringe
Condom Quiz
man running
older couple in bed