How to Choose a Personal Trainer
Choosing the right personal trainer for your individual needs can make or break your fitness program. Not only will the trainer help you reach your goals by designing a safe and effective workout program, this person will serve as your personal cheerleader and educator.
Ask your doctors and physical therapists for their recommendations, ask friends, and check your local phone directory for centers with trainers knowledgeable about arthritis, osteoporosis or other special conditions you may have.
Ask each candidate these questions:
- Are you certified by a nationally recognized organization, such as the International Sport Sciences Association, American Council on Exercise, American College of Sports Medicine or the National Strength and Conditioning Association?
- Do you have a background that includes exercise physiology, sports medicine, health and wellness, physical education or anatomy and physiology?
- What training or experience do you have in working with people with specific special condition (if applicable)?
- Can you provide references from clients with similar special condition?
- Do you network with other health professionals?
- What do you charge and what services are included?
- Do you have Instructor General Liability Insurance?
You also want to evaluate the following:
- How clearly the trainer communicates instructions;
- How responsive he or she is to what you say and do;
- How motivated the trainer makes you feel;
- How you feel after your session.
Remember, you are making an investment in yourself and your health when hiring a Personal Trainer. You want to hire one that will help you become a better version of you!