Most of us don’t possess the self-discipline required to obtain a Greco-Roman physique. A personal trainer is an expensive investment, costing an average of $28 an hour, but essential to reach the goal. Whether you’re looking to lose weight or run the 5K, you must do the research and chose wisely.
Experiences with a Personal Trainer greatly vary. Some Trainers offer the attention to detail you might find at a five-star hotel. “I carry their water and get them a towel if they need one” states a Trainer in the CNN article Five Things to Look for in a Personal Trainer. However, not every athlete has reported a good experience. It’s not uncommon to encounter a clash of personalities in the gym or a Trainer who’s dispassionate about your goals.
A clash of titans isn’t the exercise experience you want! Although seeking a personal trainer shouldn’t be akin to dating, you must find a personality match. According to the article Five Things to Look for in a Personal Trainer by CNN, there are online tools to assist you in locating a personality match, much like online dating. The American Council on Exercise provides this tool to locate a fitness specialist in your region. Additionally, this resource lets you know if your Trainer is ACE certified. The American Council on Exercise is a nationally recognized certification for Personal Trainers, but not the only program that certifies Trainers.
Not every athlete is a Trainer. A juxtaposition of knowledge, personality and patience forges a Trainer. According to CNN, Trainers must possess a certification in their area of expertise. The American Council of Exercise (ACE), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) are nationally recognized for certifying Personal Trainers. Each certification covers Nutrition, Functional Anatomy, Training/Exercise Procedure and Weight Management. Do you want a Trainer who is a college grad and keeps up with the most recent scientific advances in Health, such as V02 intake or are you looking for a Tai Chi Shifu?
The Trainer’s philosophy must be congruent with your own attitude towards exercise. According to the HuffingtonPost, these subtle differences can ruin the experience of training. Do the Trainer’s beliefs, regarding an exercise regiment, derive from esoteric thought such China’s Kung Fu, or from modern Kinesthetics? Will most work be completed in the gym, or outside? Does the exercise regiment consist of Isometrics (building muscle without motion), or free-weights? The Trainers philosophy should assist you in reaching your fitness goals.
It’s important to seek a Trainer who shares your interest. For example, you’re competing in the Discus, a trainer who shares an interest in the sport will know the related nuances and have more passion for your goals.
Your goals and ideals for a gym play a role in locating the perfect Trainer. It’s a good idea to interview the Trainer, ask questions about his/her attitudes towards exercise and compare them with your own. Additionally, tour the gym, and ask your self ‘am I comfortable exercising here?’ Make note of available services and if these services compare with your ideas for a gym.