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How to Choose the Right Personal Trainer

Certification is the first thing to look for… A personal trainer should be certified because that’s your assurance you’re working with a trainer who has the knowledge to provide you with a safe and effective workout. Not just any certification will do. You want a personal trainer who has been certified by a nationally recognized certifying organization, like ACE, which happens to be the largest non-profit fitness-certifying organization in the world.

Ask for references…
Ask the trainer for the names and phone numbers of other clients with goals similar to yours. Call to see if they were pleased with their workouts, if the trainer was punctual and prepared, and if they felt their individual needs were addressed. The best personal trainer to hire is the one others give high marks to.

Look for a personal trainer who is able to assist you with your special needs…
A personal trainer should always have you fill out a health history questionnaire to determine your needs or limitations. If you have a medical condition or a past injury, a personal trainer should design a session that takes these into account. If you’re under a doctor’s care, a personal trainer should discuss any exercise concerns with your doctor, and should ask for a health screening or release from your doctor.

Choose a personal trainer who accommodates your needs…
A personal trainer should be able to design moves that help you get the most out of your workout – whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an advanced fitness participant. And you certainly should not feel acute pain during or after it.

Look for a personal trainer who is interested in you…
A good instructor will want everyone to feel welcome. Making you feel welcome means the instructor should try to learn your name, make eye contact during the session, and most important, put your workout before his or hers.

Make sure the emphasis is on personal accomplishment…
A good personal trainer will emphasize personal accomplishment and won’t create a competitive environment. The session should focus on improving or maintaining your health, not just on looking better.

Select a good teacher…
A good teacher will explain the benefits of each exercise and demonstrate how to do the exercise.

A good personal trainer will also demonstrate modifications for intermediate and advanced movements and explain if you should avoid an exercise if you have an existing injury. A big part of being a good instructor is the ability to be a good teacher.

Be sure you’re having fun…
The right instructor will be dedicated to helping you enjoy the session, committed to making your workout the best it can be and will be able to translate his or her enthusiasm into a fun class. Remember, the only way you will stay with a program of regular exercise is if you look forward to attending the session.

And speaking of FUN… if you’ve got kids, check out the PhysiCore Phundamental Youth/ Junior Training Program.

Check the intensity of the exercise and the way the personal trainer relates to you…
For an effective workout, you must exercise at a certain intensity during session. The personal trainer should have you take your heart rate or teach you how to rate your level of exertion using the perceived exertion scale.

The final decision is yours…
Choosing a personal trainer is a very personal decision. PhysiCore personal trainers are here to help.