The forum you are on is not a company, but a professional association. If you are looking for a trainer you might well find one on this site, but you will want to look through the list of trainers by location….. remember that it is not possible from your question to know where you are, and there are people on this site from all over the country, and outside of it. If you are having trouble navigating the site I would suggest calling the helpful people at IDEA at the number at the top of the page and asking them to help you figure out how to do this.
Most of the trainers you will talk to they prefer to get paid in advance. Of course there are some who charge their clients after a certain number of sessions have been performed. The reason trainers like to get paid in advance is that their time is as valuable as their client’s. And when this option is the preferred method of compensation there is usually a cancelation policy in place as well (usually 24 hours).
You can search online for trainers in your area and see what kind of payment requirements they have in place. If you approach a company that has a number of trainers under them, you can request a different trainer if you wish. They all have policies which you can read and sign if you agree to hire them. Check for testimonials, Yelp reviews, etc. before hiring a trainer or a personal training company to make sure this is the right fit for you.
As Ariadne said, IDEA is not a personal training company but you can search under the “fitnessconnect” section for trainers near you. I hope this helps.
it appears that you are signing up with a company and have a trainer assigned to you. This is how most companies (and individual trainers) do business as you have seen from the responses of my colleagues. I also ask for an initial pre-payment for a package of 3 sessions and an assessment. Payment is due for that when I first meet the client. My rationale is that an assessment is a lot of work to compile, and I want to protect myself from spending about 3 hours of my time for nothing. After that, though, I bill clients on a monthly basis for the number of sessions that they had with me. I have only one rate and do not give discounted packages.