Success in finding a personal trainer.Advice from fitness expert Joan Price.
"Personal trainer." Do these words make you shudder with an image of a sweaty, sadistic gym rat barking orders in your ear and forcing you to do pushups until your tears stain the mat?
Let go of that outdated image. A personal trainer can help you make fitness gains more effectively and quickly than if you were working out on your own
|Pick a Trainer who you know will motivate you.|
|Choose a trainer who listens to you and your goals.|
|Check a trainer's certification and education. They should know about injury prevention and exercise science.|
|Check out a trainer's certification on the web.|
|Your trainer should come across as professional|
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Rather than a strict taskmaster, a good personal trainer will be your cheerleader, motivating you to stick to your program and patiently moving you past personal roadblocks.
More than a financial investment, working with a personal trainer is an investment of your time and self-esteem, so it's important to choose one who's right for you.
A professional trainer should have a four-year degree in a fitness-related field, or be certified by a major organization, such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Council on Exercise (ACE), or the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
There are plenty of good certifications, but there are others with lower requirements, such as taking a weekend workshop or a brief correspondence course. It isn't enough that a trainer is "certified." Find out which certification and what it means.
If the trainer has a certification that you don't recognize, ask what she or he had to do to get it, and look it up on the Web.
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