Choosing a Personal Trainer. Is your trainer really who they say they are?
Posted Aug 22 2012 4:23pm
With so many people claiming to be Personal Trainers how do you know if you’re choosing the right one? Statistically 45% of people who claim to be Certified Personal Trainers aren’t and even some claiming to have degrees in Exercise Science and or Kinesiology may not either. Here are some helpful hints to help you choose the right one for you:
· Certifications – Some people claim to be Personal Trainers because they’ve workout and have big muscles. This type of trainer can lack important knowledge about the body that a Certified Personal Trainers or someone with a degree will have. Now on the other hand some trainers may have received their certifications from some not-so-reputable sources (Bob’s Crazy Fitness Extreme Academy) simply by passing an online test. When checking certifications look for certifications recognized by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) they are the most highly recognized certifications in the industry. Certifications to look for include: NASM, NSCA, ACSM and ACE. An easy way to check certifications and get info about a trainer is to use IDEA Health and Fitness Association, who has put together the largest directory for fitness professionals anywhere. All you have to do is log on, input your city and state along with the kind of fitness professional you’re looking for to check their certifications. Best of all its Free!
· Things you should know about a trainer - Ask how much experience they have and what they charge to train. Some trainers have years of experience, while others may just be starting out. Those just starting out can be good trainers, but may still be learning; this may work in your favor as many trainers just starting may charge less per session than someone with a lot of experience. Generally the more experience, education and certifications a trainer has the more training with them may cost. Determine the level of experience you’ll need based on your health conditions, limitations and goals not just cost. Some trainers may be ill equipped to train some people.
· Compatibility - Many people don’t think to consider whether they are compatible with a Trainer before purchasing sessions. Don’t be afraid to ask your trainer what their specialty/specialties are and make sure the two of you are compatible.
· Professionalism - A trainer that is always on their phone texting, talking to others around them while you are working out, or someone who’s consistently late to your sessions (Bob’s Crazy Fitness Extreme Academy trainers), is NOT a professional trainer. A professional trainer focuses on you during the entire workout.
When all is said and done it may be a difficult decision to invest the dollars for what may be perceived as a purely aesthetic investment. But I assure you the return will be one of the most valuable investments you can make in your health.