With the New Year quickly approaching alot of us will be making our "New Year's Resolution" to get Healthier....I hope! If you are going to hire a personal trainer there are some things you will want to be aware of, so I thought I would help you out and give you the low down on what to look for and what is important when choosing a well rounded trainer.
A personal trainer can provide the motivation and instruction you need to start and maintain a weight training program. Since a standard qualification for personal trainers does not exist, it is important that you consider your options carefully before hiring a trainer.
Once you find a personal trainer you like, you should arrange a trial session to get to know the trainer better before committing to a long-term program.
Try to avoid basing your decision on the trainer's appearance, as this is not a good indicator of how well the trainer can teach or motivate you.
In addition to motivating and instructing you, a trainer should be able to provide a customized program that includes the five components of good health: strength training, weight management, cardiovascular exercise, basic nutrition and flexibility training.
Find a personal Trainer When you join a gym, you may automatically receive a free introductory session with a personal trainer. You can also find a personal trainer by asking friends, checking fitness clubs in your area or contacting professional organizations, such as some of the associations listed below.
Qualifications You should make sure your personal trainer's certifications are current and are from recognized professional associations. Trainers need to upgrade their skills about once a year to maintain certification.
Accredited professional associations include:
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Cost and Availability Hiring a personal trainer can be costly, but you may be able to save if you shop around. Generally, more experienced trainers will have higher rates than newly certified trainers. Trainers usually charge a fee per session, but you may be able to negotiate a reduced rate for a package or for semi-private sessions if you sign up with a friend. To avoid future problems, make sure all fees, cancellation and billing policies are clearly set out in writing. Also ensure the trainer will be available at the times you want to exercise.
Certified in CPR and First Aid Though rare, accidents can happen while exercising with a trainer, so you need to make sure your trainer is certified in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid and can handle emergencies.
Check References One of the best ways to learn about a trainer is to talk to his or her clients. You can ask questions about the trainer's strengths and weaknesses and find out if the trainer is dependable, knowledgeable and professional.
Your First Meeting Most trainers will set up a first meeting to get acquainted with you. During this meeting, the trainer should discuss your exercise and health history, your present fitness level and your goals. You may need to perform several fitness tests to give the trainer a better idea of your fitness level so he or she can customize a program for you.
Experience You should consider the type and amount of experience a trainer has and whether the trainer's experience is relevant to your needs. If you have previous injuries or special needs, you should choose a trainer whose experience and style of training best suit you.
Liability Insurance You should make sure the trainer has liability insurance, which will cover the trainer if you get injured while exercising with the trainer and decide to take legal action.
Track Progress before starting a training program, a trainer should help you determine your short-term and long-term goals and establish a way to keep track of your progress.
Warning Signs There are several warning signs that a trainer may not be a good choice. A trainer who is unwilling to supply references, proof of qualifications or liability insurance probably has something to hide. Be wary of a trainer who is unaware of current developments in the field of exercise or who acknowledges only his or her own style of training. You should stay away from a trainer who makes unrealistic promises, tries to push you beyond you capacity or offers to sell you diet pills that could potentially harm you.
Personality A trainer's personality can affect your level of motivation and enjoyment when exercising. You should choose a trainer who is easy to talk to, is interested in your goals and who will motivate you through positive reinforcement. A trainer should never make you feel uncomfortable or incompetent. You may also want to consider whether you feel more comfortable with a male or female trainer.