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The advantage of hiring a professional trainer

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Many people decide to join a health club or exercise studio or take on a boot camp to lose weight, get fit or get in shape. After some time, it’s not unusual that they reach a plateau and no longer see changes so get flustered not knowing what is going on. Others opt for weightlifting but don’t know where to start. Most gyms will provide one free session with a professional trainer, but after that, members are on their own. The reality is that one session with a trainer is not enough and going on your own isn’t the answer because you don’t know the techniques and details necessary to achieve your goals.

How can we fix that? You need training sessions customized to your needs. How do we manage that? Hire a trainer! But how do we select a trainer? Here is my check list to help you.

CERTIFICATION – Make sure that your trainer is certified by a recognized association in the USA.

  • CPR – Make sure that your trainer’s CPR certification is up-to-date, as mandated by law.

LIABILITY INSURANCE – Ask your trainer for proof of liability insurance; all trainers should have it.

EXPERIENCE – Find out how long s/he has been working as a personal trainer, about her/his credentials and background, and ask for references.

CONTINUING EDUCATION – A professional trainer needs to take continuing education classes to maintain certification, learn new techniques and stay abreast of industry developments.

HEALTH PROFILE – Yours! Your trainer should request your health profile (usually in the form of a questionnaire) and clearance from your doctor—if necessary.

NUTRITION – If your trainer does not have a background in nutrition, s/he should be working with a nutritionist. Exercise and healthy eating work together to help you reach your goals. That requires that you make smart food choices.

LISTENING – A good trainer will listen to you, to your needs and tailor your training accordingly.

PASSION – It is very important that your trainer be passionate, motivates you and holds you accountable for your success.

Another thing you should look for in a trainer, as part of their character, is an up lifting energetic attitude to push you when think you have reached your limit.

Your trainer should encourage you to take group classes also, especially other types of activities that, when combined with your training, will enhance the results. And, just like in any type of relationship, good communication is a must for a successful client-trainer partnership.

A personal trainer can be expensive, but it is money well invested when you find the right trainer who will help you to reach your goals.

By Juçara Santos

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