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The 9 Most Unanswered Questions about Training

Choosing a Good Personal Trainer

Gone are the days when personal trainers were only for the rich and famous. If you are not motivated enough to work out on your own, but you like variety, except you don’t know how to make your own program, or if your goals for training are very specific, you may benefit from working with a personal trainer. But how do you choose one, considering the huge number of these fitness pros nowadays?

What to Look For

One of the most important issues to look into is the trainer’s credentials. You want to hire someone who has a reputable certification and a degree in exercise and fitness preferably. Three reputable certification bodies that let you to search for local trainers are the National Strength & Conditioning Association, the American Council on Exercise, and the IDEA Health and Fitness Association.
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The Aerobics & Fitness Association of America and the American College of Sports Medicine are two other good certifications, but they do not offer a web search tool) on their websites. These sites are helpful in general because they come with information regarding the trainer’s qualifications, which are certainly important when you’re trying to decide whom to hire. Aside from fitness/exercise certification and formal education, the trainer you select must also be certified in CPR and First Aid.
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Interviewing a Trainer

Remember that this trainer will be working for you. Hence, as in a job interview, you should ask the following questions during your initial meeting:

> What credentials do you hold, and how many years have you spent in the fitness industry as a personal trainer?

> What are the motivational techniques you often use on your clients so they can reach their goals?

> After learning about my specific fitness goals, what type of workout plan will you create for me?

> Can you give me two or three client references?

> What are your available hours?

If a trainer won’t commit to a schedule that’s convenient for you, obviously, you’ll have to find another one who will.

> What fitness tests (blood pressure screening, strength and stability, etc.) do you perform, and how often should I take them?

> What is your policy on cancellations?

Trainers usually have to be notified at least 24 to 48 hours in advance of a cancellation if you want the payment to be canceled as well.