Choose a personal trainer with the heart of a teacher. With that being said, there are a few other things to look for in your fitness trainer. With many people online 'influencing' you, it's tough to know who is legit and who isn't. Other than getting scammed, you could get hurt or worse can be given bad nutritional advice and end up worse off than when you started.
How do you choose a personal trainer?
It’s really simple. Number one, when you choose a personal trainer, look for their certification. A legit personal trainer needs to have an accredited certification. This certification must be a nationally accredited certification or they can have a bachelor's degree or Masters.
Choose a personal trainer who is insured
The other thing is if you're going to the big box gym, like the corporate gym, all those trainers are going to be insured by the corporation.
If you are going the independent trainer way, you’re going to need to make sure that they are insured. That way, f you get hurt while you're working with that independent trainer you’re not going to be liable. (I’m not a lawyer, but if you get hurt and it was not your fault, etc).
Choose a personal trainer with CPR/AED Certifications
The other thing is to make sure that they have a CPR certification. In case of an emergency, you want to know that your trainer's got you while the paramedics arrive.
Joint Pain Sufferers:
This is very important; if you have chronic pain or joint issues find a trainer that can help. There are many types of personal trainers out there. Everyone's philosophy is different. For that reason, make sure to work with a personal trainer that has experience with joint pain. If your doctor is helping you manage your joint pain, get your trainer involved with your joint pain management plan. The last thing you want is to work with a trainer that operates in a no-nonsense boot camp style, when who you need is someone that specializes in joint movement.
Once I choose a personal trainer, how frequently should I see a trainer?
Well, if you want to help me out to make my ends meet, see me like 4 times per week. Just kidding. Once you choose a personal trainer, you want to come maybe 2 to 3 times per week. It depends on what you are trying to achieve.
It also depends on where you are now fitness level wise. Is it, “ok, here I am, I have never worked out before. Am I going to do cardiovascular? Or, am I going to do some strength training? On my own, will I have the accountability that I will need?” If the answer is no, go with the trainer 3 to 4 times a week.
Choose a personal trainer who is nationally accredited. He or she can be certified from NASM, ACE, ISSA, NACA. Or, they can have a bachelors or masters degree. Also, the personal trainer should have CPR certification, those usually last 2 years. Finally, choose a personal trainer who is insured.
Rafael has been in the health and fitness industry since 2006. He is certified by the NASM & insured.
Areas of Expertise
Joint Pain Relief, Post-Rehab Personal Training, Posture Correction, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Strength Training, Core and Balance, Flexibility and Mobility, Muscle Gain, Posture, TRX, Functional Training, Myofascial Release, Cardiovascular Conditioning, Injury Prevention, Stress Reduction, Corrective Exercise, Golf