Personal Training: How To Select The Right Trainer

Personal Training
Personal Training

Personal Fitness Trainers can help you accomplish your physical fitness goals by assessing your current fitness, creating safe and effective personalized workouts, monitoring your progress, requiring accountability and continually providing modifications to your personalized workout program.

From my earlier articles, you know when to hire a Personal Trainer and what a Personal Trainer can do for you.

But, how do you find the right trainer?

Get recommendations from people you trust and then meet with your Personal Trainer prospect(s). Here’s what you’re looking for . . .

1. Certification

There are no national or state licensing boards for Personal Trainers, but a number of reputable organizations train and certify Trainers. The leading certifying organizations are: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), American Council on Exercise (ACE) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Personal trainers should also have current certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, and automated external defibrillation (AED).

2. Relevant Experience

This is probably the most important qualification. You want someone who has experience – with what you are trying to accomplish. If you are a competitive athlete looking for sport specific training, you will probably want a different Personal Trainer than a recovering couch potato trying to get back in shape.

3. Ability To Communicate

All the certifications and experience in the world won’t help you if the Trainer can’t communicate what she knows effectively.

4. Rapport

Do you feel comfortable with the Trainer? Does she listen to you? Does she show genuine interest in you and your goals?

5. Reasonable Business Practices

The Trainer should specify the services she will provide, her charge, her cancellation policy (24 hours notice is common) and the length of the contract. She should also have liability insurance, just in case.

6. References

A reputable trainer should be able to give you names and phone numbers of current and past clients to call as references. Call the references and see if they were pleased with their exercise programs and if the trainer was professional and reliable.

Follow this advice choosing your trainer and I’m sure it will work out well for you. If I’m wrong, and you don’t get the results you want, here’s another approach . . .

Personal Training
Personal Training

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