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How to Find a Qualified Personal Trainer

You’ve decided you want to change your body for the better and now you have to discover how to find a qualified personal trainer.


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  1. Location. You want to work with a personal trainer who either comes to your home or work, or who has a studio that is near your home or work. Let’s face it. Many people will use any excuse not to exercise, and having to drive too far could easily be one of them. If you choose an online trainer, location obviously shouldn’t be a determining factor.
  2. Credentials. There are probably hundreds of personal training certifications available, but only a few are reputable based on the requirements needed to earn the credential. Taking one or two online courses are not sufficient! The American Council on Exercise (ACE), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) are among the well-respected and accepted.
  3. Referrals. Do any of your family members, friends, or co-workers work with a trainer or take a group class such as Metabolic Explosion Training that is taught by a certified trainer?
  4. Philosophy. You want a trainer whose philosophy is similar to yours. For instance, if the trainer believes that you need to drink a blender full of raw eggs every morning, punch a side of raw beef, and run the streets to the theme of Rocky, and you aren’t comfortable with this, then you should find another trainer!
  5. Experience. Does the trainer have experience working with people who have similar goals to yours? If you want to become a competitive bodybuilder, and the trainer has only been working with pre-teens and teenagers to help them improve their basketball skills and endurance, this trainer might not be the one to help you achieve your goal.
  6. Good Listener. A trainer needs to listen to what you are saying and not assume what you want.
  7. Rates. Ask about the different programs and how they can help you achieve your goals.
  8. Insurance. Make sure the trainer carries professional liability insurance.
  9. References. Trainers should be willing to provide with you references. You can also look on the trainer’s website for testimonials.



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