How to Find the Best Personal Trainer for You

In recent years, the personal training profession has skyrocketed. You can walk in to just about any gym and find it packed with personal trainers ecstatically awaiting for your business. At the same time, we have all heard horror stories about friends or family hiring trainers that pushed too hard, talked too much, or caused injury.  So how do you find that perfect trainer who is going to be safe, effective, and help you to ultimately reach your goals?? The Golden Door fitness team has come up with three tips to help you out.

1) Communication: talking vs. listening

The reason we hire a personal trainer is to guide us towards our fitness goals. Ultimately, they are YOUR goals. Make sure the fitness professional you hire does not create a set of his/her own goals for you.  If you are paying someone to help you improve your running ability, make sure they are enthusiastic about cardio, and not just handing you weights.

2) Â Resume: Before hiring a trainer, ask to see their resume and certifications

It is so important to find a personal trainer that did not earn their certifications over a quick week workshop . Remember you are putting your health and well-being in their hands.

 

Look for these credits in their resume:

a.  A college degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology, sports medicine, or any fitness related field is the immensely important because it ensures at least 4 years of training.

b.  These are some of the highly accredited certification programs to look for:

      1. NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
      2. ACSM  (American College of Sports Medicine)
      3. ACE Â Ã‚ Ã‚  (American Council on Exercise)
      4. NSCA  (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
      5. ISSA Â  (International Sports Science Association)

 

3) Â Reliability and Professionalism

After spending many hours working together, undoubtedly you will become very friendly with your trainer. Just make sure that they never forget that this is a business relationship. Holding them accountable for showing up on time for sessions, making sure that talking isn’t taking the place of repetitions and ensuring that you have their undivided attention at all times during your session is a great way to preserve professionalism and improve results.