How Do I Find a Good Personal Trainer?

 

Great! You’ve made the decision to make a change in your life and be more proactive about your health. You know you’ll need a personal trainer to help you in the process, but now you have to find the right trainer to work with. Where should you begin? And what should you look for? A Personal Trainer should be certified through a recognized fitness organization and have the required education to help you achieve your fitness goals.

 

Personal Trainer skills to consider:

 

Experience
Your Personal Trainer should have several years of experience and even more importantly, that experience should be in relation to your fitness goals.

 

Education
As mentioned above, a Personal Trainer should be certified through one of the reputable fitness organizations such as NASM, ISSA or ACSM. Their certification should also be current.

 

CPR and/or First Aid
The Personal Trainer you hire should possess a certification in CPR and/or first aid. Most Personal Trainers will tell you upfront what certifications they have, if not, feel free to inquire.

 

Professionalism
Your Personal Trainer should be well groomed, fit, and be on time and ready to go at your scheduled appointment time. He/she should also do a thorough assessment of your health and goals prior to starting your program, and then continue to track your progress over time.

 

Personality
You may not consider this at first, but you will be spending time with this person while working closely on your fitness goals, so it will be important that you and your Personal Trainer are compatible. You want someone who listens to you, pays attention to your needs, provides constructive criticism when necessary, and honestly assesses your health and progress.

As far as certification goes, there is a difference between Personal Trainers that are just certified and those that are certified and qualified to train. You want to consider both the experience the Personal Trainer has, and the type of certification he/she has received.

 

Legitimate Personal Training Certification Companies:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
    • Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
    • American Fitness Professional and Associates (AFPA)
    • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
    • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
    • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
    • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Hybrid Athletic Club is a full-service athletic gym with expertise in personal training, group fitness, and individual workout programs. We are located just south of Hwy PD in Fitchburg, WI. You can find out more about our programs or feel free to take a look at our upcoming calendar online at www.hybridfitness.org. We also have a connected commissary and meal plan service called Fit Fresh Cuisine that can help with diet consulting and prepared meal options for weight loss and healthy lifestyle kickoffs. Find out more at www.fitfreshcuisine.com.