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How To Choose A Quality Personal Training

How To Choose A Quality Personal Training




Does the trainer have a background in exercise physiology, anatomy, and injury prevention and monitoring of exercise intensity, as evidenced by a degree in a related medical or physical science field or certification through a nationally recognized organization (ACE, ACSM, or reputable equivalent)?


To design a safe, effective workout, a personal trainer needs a good grounding in exercise technique.  A personal training or exercise certification indicates that the personal trainer has at least the basic knowledge in areas necessary to conduct a quality session. Fitness Now is an ACE certified facility.


Does the trainer have experience in fitness training, and does he or she keep current with research association membership journals and education events?


You want to make sure you can rely on your trainer as a fitness, exercise and lifestyle resource.  Because the exercise industry is changing all the time, Fitness Now trainers update their knowledge regularly to provide you with timely and comprehensive information.  Membership in a professional fitness association like IDEA  is one way you can tell that a personal trainer is staying current.  


Is the trainer certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid?


Safety training enables a personal trainer to know what to do in case of an emergency in your session.


Does the trainer require a health screening or release from you doctor?


Many medical conditions and/or past injuries can affect your participation in a training session.  Fitness Now trainers will design a session that takes these into account yet still provides you with an effective workout, If you are under a Doctor’s care for certain condition, a professional trainer will discuss any exercise concerns with your doctor.


Can the trainer provide you with references from other clients or established Industry professionals familiar with the trainer’s knowledge and abilities?


People go to trainers for a variety of reasons:  Weight loss, cardiovascular improvement, triathlon training rehabilitation, general toning, pre/post-natal fitness and mover. Fitness Now trainers have experience in the type of training you want.  Calling references can help you determine if the trainer has the expertise to provide you with the workout you want.


Will the trainer keep a record of your workouts with a tracking system and update your medical history periodically?  We, at Fitness Now, will help you establish realistic short-term and long-term goals and assess your progress to help motivate you.  Areas in which your trainer might track your progress include weight; percent body fat, body measurement, cardiovascular improvement, strength and stamina.  By updating your medical history from time to time, your trainer will be able to adjust your workouts, if needed, to reflect any changed conditions.

Does the trainer have liability insurance?


In case you are hurt or injured through negligence on the trainer’s part, it is important to get all policies in writing.


Is the trainer within your budget?


Trainers charge a broad range of fees depending on length of workout, location and trainers experience.  You can expect to pay between $20 and $100 an hour.  Some trainers offer reduced fees if you buy a package of session. Is the trainer available when you want to work out?  The trainers at Fitness Now can accommodate your schedule.  If you will need to change appointment times later, ask if different times are open.


Does the trainer ask questions about your lifestyle?


Personal training is effective because it is personally designed for you, incorporating your individual tastes.  Fitness Now trainers don’t give all clients the same” cookie cutout” workout.  He or she will take into account the demands of your job, your hobbies and other activities you participate in.


Does the trainer help you set see and realistic goals, without promising unattainable results?


A professional trainer knows that overall wellness means more than just exercise.  Fitness Now trainers will provide information about smart eating; stress management and medical care or refer you other professionals who can help you.


Has the trainer-cultivated a network of professionals, such as physicians, nutrition specialist, physical therapist and other fitness leaders?


A professional trainer knows that overall wellness means more than just exercise.  Fitness Now trainers will provide information about smart eating stress management and medical care of refer you to sources for specialized questions and referrals in order to provide you with optimal service for your needs.


Does the trainer exhibit good listening skills and communicate well?


Fitness Now trainers listen to what you want and are able to design a program that addresses your needs.  Likewise, if a trainer can’t communicate effectively, you won’t be able to understand what to do.  Also, your trainer should motivate you by positive, not negative, reinforcement.  A Fitness Now professional will present you with a program packet.

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