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Picking a Certified Fitness Trainer


You've decided to go with a certified fitness trainer and now you must pick someone who can design a fitness plan and help you reach your fitness goals. There are a number of things to consider when choosing a certified fitness trainer that will help you end up with a trainer who best fits your personal situation.

Look for Certified Fitness Trainers

In order to choose a great certified fitness trainer, you need to gather the names of a number of trainers so you can compare their qualifications.

  • Check local gyms and fitness centers. Get the names of trainers at fitness centers and gyms in the neighborhood. Make sure that anyone you get for your list is certified. By looking at facilities near your home, you know that getting to the trainer won't be difficult. Many fitness centers don't allow unaffiliated trainers, so getting names from gyms and other facilities is a great idea.
  • Get names from local ads. This adds an unknown element to the search of where you would work out if you choose a certified fitness trainer from a local ad. Some trainers have their own gym, which could be convenient as well.

Check the Credentials of Every Certified Fitness Trainer

While certification indicates that a personal trainer has passed an exam testing his or her general knowledge in the areas of fitness and exercise, it's important to know that there is a huge difference between the many organizations that certify personal trainers. Use the Internet to check the certification to find out what kind of exam was required and whether the group required a high school or college degree to proceed with the certification process.

Interview Each Certified Fitness Trainer

In addition to asking questions about qualifications and experience, an interview gives you the chance to get a feel for the trainer and decide if he or she seems like the type of person you would like to work with several days a week. Consider some or all of the following questions:

  • Do you have professional liability insurance? While some gyms do hire their own personal trainers, it's more common that trainers simply use the facility as part of an arrangement in which both the gym and trainer benefits. A professional trainer should have no problem showing you proof of liability insurance.
  • Can you provide current and former references? The key here is not just the certified personal trainer isn't hesitant to produce a list, but that you go through the list and contact the clients. The main question is whether they would recommend the trainer to other people.
  • What is your experience? A basic question but one that can help you decide between trainers with fairly similar qualifications.
  • What kind of workout plan do you recommend for me? The trainer should have an idea of your goals already. The plan will give the trainer a chance to show his or her knowledge and explain why the exercises and routines are included. In the meantime, you can decide if that kind of workouts sounds like something you'd like to do.
  • Costs, canceled classes, discounts. Be sure to ask more than just the cost for the program or per class. Ask if the certified personal trainer offers any discounts and ask about policies for missed appointments.

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