By Dylan Du Plessis
Congratulations! You’ve decided to take the next step on your fitness journey and work with a professional who can help you reach your health and wellness goals. Not only does having the support of a personal trainer/transformation specialist keep you more motivated and accountable when it comes to weekly workouts, but he or she can also play a role in helping you maximize your time at the gym, prevent injury and see more consistent results.
But there’s a fine line between making a sound investment in your future fitness success and simply throwing money out the window on something that doesn’t work. The difference?Knowing how to choose the right person or Fitness facility that will help you set the correct goals to achieve your desired results.
Therefore, it’s crucial to do your due diligence as you go about choosing a trainer/gym; all it takes is a little legwork to determine whether or not someone will be a good fit for your needs. After all, it’s called “personal” training for a reason -working closely together creates a bond that will throughout the process.
Still stumped? Take into consideration the following criteria the next time you’re selecting a personal trainer/transformation specialist or Gym.
Credentials. No ifs, ands or butts, a trainer/gym should be able to show you a fitness certification in their particular area of expertise. To become certified, personal trainers/ specialists must pass an exam through accredited organizations such as The American Council on Exercise (ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). This ensures they’ve met certain standards of professionalism and competence from a trustworthy organization.
Experience. Practice makes (near) perfect, so a trainer/specialist who has been around the block a few times has likely tested and perfected his/ her process for providing the best cues to help you get the most out of every single rep. So unless you’re okay with playing guinea pig, it might be best to resist the urge to cut a deal with a freshly-certified trainer in favor of one who has some previous experience.