So you’ve gotten to the point in your weight loss, that you are in need of that little extra push to keep going. Or maybe your already in the best shape of your life, and you feel the need to kick it up that extra notch. Whatever your own reason may be, you’ve decided it’s time to hire a personal trainer. Once you have reached this decision there are several criteria which you should check into when making this very important life changing decision.
First and foremost you need to be assured that your trainer has NCCA- accredited certification. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has 26-years of experience accrediting allied health professions such as registered dietitians, nurses, athletic trainers, and occupational therapists. . For a complete list of the NCCA-accredited certification agencies, visit www.noca.org and click on the NCCA link. Never be afraid to ask to see a copy of a personal trainer’s certification to ensure that it is current. You can always contact a certification agency to verify a trainer’s status.
Next your should determine your goals, your needs, and your budget.
Frequency — Are you merely looking for a one-time consultation about your exercise program, or do you want to establish a long-term working relationship? For a modest fee, many personal trainers will perform a fitness assessment and design a workout regimen tailored to your needs.
Location — Where do you want to work out? Many personal trainers will come to your home. Or, if you prefer, you can meet your personal trainer at a studio or health club nearby.
Budget — Personal training rates range from $20 to $100 per hour-long session, with the majority charging between $25 and $50. If that sounds high, remember, you are making an investment in your most important possession—your health. In addition, discounts are often available for multi-session purchases, for higher frequency (three times a week instead of two), and for training multiple clients at the same time.
Ask how many years of experience a personal trainer has working with clients, particularly those with your needs or limitations. Does he/ she have expertise in a certain area of fitness or prefer to work with certain types of clients, for example — sports conditioning, pre-natal fitness or post-rehabilitation? If you have a medical condition or a past injury, a personal trainer should design a session that accounts for this. If you are receiving care for a medical or orthopedic condition, a personal trainer should obtain your consent to discuss exercise guidelines and contraindications with your healthcare provider. Your personal trainer should also ask the doctor for medical clearance.
One of the best ways you can research certain personal trainers, is to talk to their other clients. Ask the trainer for references of people who have previously trained with them, or are currently training. Ask these other clients about the experience and whether or not they would use the trainer again, if their goals were reached, and if the sessions were enjoyable. Most of all you need to get to know your prospective trainer as this is an individual you are going to be spending a lot of one on one time with. You don’t want to make the decision on a trainer, and then find out that your personalities don’t coincide, and you would have better spent your money elsewhere. The most knowledgeable and experienced personal trainer who fits your style is the one to hire — because that is the professional who will help you achieve the best results.