Five Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Trainer

By Kim Watters, Fitness Manager

nordicwalk_1Hiring a personal trainer is just that, it’s personal. You will be spending a lot of one-on-one time with this person, so look for someone you can respect, trust and genuinely like.

Here are some questions to help you get started.

  1. What certifications do you have?
    Some reputable certification associations include the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and American Council on Exercise (ACE). There is plenty of information online if you choose to research these organizations or any others.
  1. Do you stay up-to-date with what’s new in the fitness industry?
    You will want someone who continues to educate themselves no matter how long they have been a trainer.
  1. What is your training philosophy?
    Look for answers including how they plan to motivate you, and how they assess their clients.
  1. Do you have references from current clients?
    Take the time to contact a few of these clients; talking to just one could be misleading.
  1. Where do you train your clients?
    If you want to train at your gym, at home or outside make sure your trainer can accommodate your needs. Some trainers will expect you to get a membership at their gym and this will be an additional cost to you.

There are a variety of personal trainers available, so whether you want your trainer to be a drill sergeant, nurturer or cheerleader choose wisely. You will depend on them to educate you, motivate you and help you reach your goals.

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