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Tips For Choosing a Personal Trainer

Whatever you goal, whether it’s fat loss, to increase muscle or improve your nutrition, ensure that you seek a certified, and qualified professional.

Certified vs Qualified Personal Trainer

Due to extensive growth in the fitness industry, many private companies have formed to educate Personal Trainers. Whilst some maintain a high level of excellence through complete and continuing education of students, others unfortunately are in the business of making money by selling programs. As someone in search of a qualified fitness trainer, you need to look for trainers with certifications from educational facilities that maintain their reputation of excellence in producing certified and qualified trainers. Quality educational facilities should offer workshops of suitable length, provide quality educational materials, offer additional certification in other area, provide training in running a personal training business, and have a Code of Ethics for graduates to abide by.

Personal Trainer Qualifications

Personal trainers should have current: Certification from a recognised educational institution, such as Certificate IV as a minimum, insurance that covers all locations in which they train clients, and CPR and First-Aid certificates. Once you’ve located a trainer with certification from a reputable educational facility, it’s time to evaluate the individual trainer. Can you see yourself working with him/her? Can they teach you skills related to your goals? Unfortunately not all are good at communicating their information and skills.

Personal Trainer Professionalism

Ensure that the trainer is focused on your specific needs and medical history, and that they keep accurate records of your progress. Observe them on the job to ensure that they are attentive. Trainers should also be punctual and well-groomed. A qualified trainer should be able to provide well written policies that outline your working relationship, up-front. Get references from your prospective trainer, and don’t be afraid to check these.

Select The Right Personal Trainer 

Once you’ve chosen an appropriate personal trainer, you’re on your way to achieving your goals. Whist it may take a little time and effort to locate the right trainer, your effort will be rewarded. In summary, search for a professional that has been trained by a respected institution, has current qualifications, insurance, as well as CPR and First Aid, and manages their business in a professional manner. Check references. Your diligence at this stage will ensure that you have a rewarding working relationship, whereby  your goals will become closer to reality and your potential for injury is minimised. Seek a trainer with expertise and experience in your area of interest such as bodybuilding. Chances are, if a personal trainer has competed in, and trains for bodybuilding, and you are interested in that area, that this personal trainer can better meet your requirements.

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