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How to Choose a Personal Trainer
By Chad Tackett
Before simply hiring the first personal trainer listed in our directory, click on the listing of each personal trainer in your hometown. This will take you to their web page where you can learn more about their personal philosophy, education/credentials, experience, and rates. This way you'll know if the personal trainer is qualified and likely to meet your personal needs before you spend your hard earned money. Once you've narrowed down the list, you should talk with the trainer, make sure your goals and objectives are very clear, and see if the trainer is best-suited to help you. Call or meet with the trainer and ask the following questions:
1. Why did you become a personal trainer?
2. Do you keep current with research?
3. Can you supply client references?
4. Do you have liability insurance?
5. Are you certified in CPR and first
6. Are you available on the days and
times I've selected?
7. What are your fees?
8. What are your training/business policies?
1. Did the trainer ask me questions about myself and my lifestyle?
2. Does the trainer promote an integrated program that includes all five components of optimal health (strength training, weight management, cardiovascular exercise, nutrition, and flexibility training)?
3. Did the trainer have good listening skills and communicate well?
4. Am I comfortable with the trainer's gender?
5. Will I get along with this trainer and look forward to working with him/her?
I really hope this helps you choose the
fitness professional that can best meet your needs and that you have the
opportunity to enjoy all the many wonderful benefits of a healthy, active
|- Bio: Chad Tackett has degrees in Exercise and Heath Science and Nutrition, is a Certified Personal Trainer, and is a regular guest lecturer to both professional and lay audiences on the principles of effective exercise and good nutrition.|
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