A friend was describing her personal training sessions to me the other day, and she said, “ there’s a fine line between coaching and abuse” The whole idea is to find someone who you like, and who likes you to be your teacher and motivator. Your trainer should teach you to exercise safely and effectively when you’re alone and motivate you to love exercise by making it fun. And if you love exercise, you can get and stay fit for a lifetime.
Certification by a national certifying organization and experience are also key. Make sure your trainer is certified and has several years of experience.Meet the person, and make sure you click. If you’re not sure, keep looking.
Don’t be shy about asking to see her/his personal training certification. Ask for client references too, (and call them).
Here are some of the top certifying bodies in the USA:
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
Finding the right trainer can be a daunting task but when it’s right, its music.
By the way, this training partnership is a two way street. No trainer wants to be treated like a servant or even an employee. Treat your trainer as you’d like to be treated and you may make a lifelong friend.
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