Talk to the Trainer
You are hiring a professional. Talk to the trainer. This is the “Interview” time. Have all your questions ready before you meet the trainer. Trust your gut feeling. Does this trainer seem genuinely interested in helping you? Walk away if you are not comfortable.
Ask About Experience and Area of Expertise
Find out how long the trainer has been in the field. What is his/her experience in dealing with goals / conditions similar to yours?
Find Out How Much the Trainer Charges
Many factors influence the rates. The length of the session, experience, area of expertise, and location can all be factors of how much a fitness program can cost.
A college degree in the field of exercise science or nutrition improves the knowledge and credibility that a trainer has in developing your program. Many successful trainers might not hold a college degree, but are certified by an accredited fitness certification agency. Among the top certifications:
American College of Sports Medicine
American Council on Exercise
National Academy of Sports Medicine
Aerobics & Fitness Association of America
American Academy of Personal Training
International Fitness Professional Association
National Strength & Conditioning Association
And many more…
Not having one of these certifications does not necessarily mean that the trainer lacks the proper training. A personal trainer should hold a current certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) to give you the assurance that you are working with a professional who has the knowledge and the skills to provide you with a safe and effective workout.
Liability Insurance and Business Policies
If the trainer you are thinking of hiring is independent (not part of a fitness facility) then you should find out if the trainer carries a professional liability insurance. A good trainer should also have clear business policies on billing and cancellation.
Current CPR / AED
A good trainer should know what to do in case of an emergency. Ask if he/she is holding a current certificate in CPR and First Aid. Also find out if the trainer has the knowledge on how to use an Automated External Defibrillator.
Happy and Healthy 2013!
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