Hiring a personal trainer can be one of the best decision you make to better your health and fitness. I have done several posts on what to look for when searching for a fitness professional and thought this would be another post worth repeating.
Finding a personal trainer can be very overwhelming. With so many different people out there claiming to be "experts", it is often hard to distinguish the professionals from the posers.
To help you with this process, here are the top 5 questions that you should ask when looking for the right trainer.
# 1 Are They Qualified?You want to ensure that your trainer is educated with an extensive fitness background and has been certified through a reputable organization such as: the Canadian Professional Trainers Network and The Canadian Association for Fitness Professionals (in Canada) and/or the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (in the USA).
# 2 What is Their Experience and Area of Expertise? Ask the potential trainer how many years they have been working in the industry, where they have worked, what kind of clients they have trained, and if they focus in any specialty areas (women's fitness, weight loss, nutrition, sports conditioning etc.).
#3 What Are Their Business Policies?
Find out if they have liability insurance. This is very important, especially if they will be training you in your own home (or theirs). You also want to learn their fees, what is included in their services and cancellation policies. Try to get this all in writing.
# 4 Have YOU Done Your Homework?
Research the areas of fitness and nutrition that are important to you and be ready with questions to ask the trainer. If you know anyone who has worked with a trainer before, talk to them about their experiences.
# 5 Do They Offer A Free Consultation?
Any legitimate trainer will meet with you at least once free of charge to talk to you about your goals and expectations. This is a great opportunity for you "feel" the trainer out and see if you will be a good fit for each other.
Here are some other posts about personal trainers:
When to Break Up with Your Personal Trainer
When Clients Become Friends
Confessions of a Personal Trainer
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