It can be difficult to find a qualified personal trainer, especially in large, competitive markets. While you may ask for recommendations from friends or search local advertisements, it may still be hard to determine his or her credentials. As a personal training client, finding a good personal trainer is a wise investment when working towards a healthy lifestyle, but no one wants to waste their hard earned dollars. In order to find a personal trainer who best suits your requirements, there are a few things you can do:
Check their education and certification. A quality personal trainer should hold a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology or Kinesiology and/or possess certification from a well-recognized body, such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). An advanced degree indicates that the personal trainer is capable of taking initiative to develop programs and understand methods of research and investigation. Through certification, the personal trainer shows that he or she is keeping current with trends in the fitness industry. They will also have met the necessary safety and efficiency standards.
Give them a trial run. Your personal trainer should pay close attention to your movements, correct your errors, maintain safety and watch for the signs of overexertion. A qualified personal trainer will also scan the gym or workout area for any external dangers, in order to prevent you from experiencing any undue harm while training.
Determine their programming ability. Programming may consist of cardiovascular endurance, weight control, strength training, flexibility and sports specificity (coordination, speed, and skill acquisition). A good personal trainer should adjusts the combination according to your daily life activities, goals and needs.
Ensure that they understand evaluation. If necessary, a personal trainer may recommend an evaluation of your current fitness statistics. These details may include aerobic capacity or maximum oxygen uptake, body composition, posture, blood pressure, and more. By understanding your capabilities, your personal trainer is able to better understand your needs and help you achieve your goals. An evaluation may further provide an estimate as to how long it will take to reach those goals. A quality personal trainer recognizes risk factors, signs and symptoms that could result in a medical recommendation.
Watch for signs of effective communication. If your personal trainer fails to pay attention to your wants and needs, you may not achieve the results you are working so hard towards. Lack of communication may also cause you to misunderstand a technique or exercise, opening the door to a potential injury. Your personal trainer should motivate you using positive reinforcement and refrain from ever making you feel inadequate or incompetent. However, poor communication skills should be confused with a personal trainer who uses discipline to keep you on track.
Research prior experience. A personal trainer with experience will deliver results in an effective and friendly manner. While there is no sure way to identify an appropriate level of experience, a good personal trainer will have little trouble making you feel welcome, energized, and confident. A personal client who has not been working in the field for very long may have picked up the routines so quickly that you still receive the attention and results you are seeking. If you have a question that he or she can’t answer, an honest personal trainer will admit to it and steer you in the right direction – or find the answer for you by contacting a more experienced personal trainer.
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