Today is the 3rd post of 5 things to look for in hiring a personal trainer. The last two posts covered education , professional paperwork, and tracking . Today I'll include what to look for when it comes to your prospective trainer's experience.
3) Professional Experience
In this growing industry, there are going to be trainers at all experience levels. However, because there are no regulations, someone can get a certification over a weekend and call themselves a certified trainer on Monday.
As I covered in part 1, the first thing you should look for is a solid education. An solid educational program begins the experience a trainer will need to be worth hiring.
Next, look for a trainer whose had at least three years experience in a sports club, studio, private studio or as an independent contractor. Many times these types of places will also have internship programs where trainers gain valuable experience before even touching a client.
When it comes to the trainer helping you to achieve your goals, they should not only be able to explain how it will be done but show you results they've had in the past. If you're looking for a weight loss trainer ask to see past results they helped other clients achieve.
For specific areas like sports performance and/or specialties like chronic disease fitness look for trainers with five to ten years in experience. These trainers have probably trained not only a broad range of people but have pointed their expertise into serving a specific population.
Last but not least, all trainers should have some competence on the nutritional side. They should be able to provide you insight and help develop behavioral changes to improve your nutrition. If nutrition is something that you need to improve along with your training, look for trainers who are certified by organizations like Precision Nutrition.
Hiring a trainer with no experience could be a big waste of time and money. It's nice to give people a chance, but the chances are it will be at your own expense. Look for great knowledge, professionalism, and experience before hiring your personal trainer.