In the present day, the term ‘fitness trainer’ has come into frequent use with the growing health consciousness of people the world over. It may refer to an individual providing private sessions to clients at home or it could also be a person working at a gym or any heath centre.
A fitness trainer helps you exercise and improve your exercising techniques to stay healthy and fit. This may also include advice on lifestyle and food habits. These services have become popular among the general public and are no longer reserved for aristocracy. However, there are several questions to be answered before hiring a fitness trainer. The most basic ones are listed below:
Is he qualified and reliable? – An essential requirement for a fitness trainer is his qualification. When you do come across these, ensure that they are valid and credible. There are countless organizations that declare these fitness trainers as qualified, based on their own standards, so make certain that it is a highly regarded organization.
The ACE (American Council on Exercise), AAFA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), FIA (Fitness Institute Australia), NPTI (National Personal Training Institute), NCSF (National Council on Strength and Fitness) are reputed institutes to name a few. Completion of such certified courses may not assure an advantage, but it promises the understanding of fundamentals. Knowledge of basic skills such as CPR and first aid are undoubtedly mandatory.
Is the fitness trainer fit? – While hiring, the general tendency is to perceive appearance as a major factor. But make sure that you don’t amplify your expectations. Your fitness trainer does not have to be a major hunk to get you in shape. Remember that his role is to mainly guide and mould you. However, do not consider hiring at the other extreme. The general exterior does determine a lot in selection. A pot belly, signs of obesity or any sort of visible unhealthy condition is a definite no-no.
Does the fitness trainer have any references? – Never hire a fitness trainer without previous references. As convincing as he may look or sound or be certified, it is crucial to hear it from his former clients. Any prospective fitness trainer must be able to provide at least two or more references. Talk to them and ask them if they achieved what they aimed for. You can question them about the methods and the commitment level of the trainer. This will help you get a clearer picture about the trainer and also to decide whether or not he would be suitable for you to hire.
What is the usual fee charged and on what basis?- The prices for training are spread over a varied range. Do your background research well and make enquiries. A fitness trainer’s fee is based on his credentials, level of experience, the number & length of sessions and geographical location. Most of them charge hourly rates, but there may be other options as well. He should clearly specify what the training services or package includes. He must take a general overview of your health. This includes any medical history or health problems you may have whereby you may have to restrain from performing some exercises. Fees may range from about $20 an hour for basic trainers to thousands of dollars like the celebrity ones.
Can I work with him comfortably?- Finally and most importantly, you must be comfortable working with the fitness trainer. Always trust your instincts and analyze whether you will be able to work calmly with that person. Talk to him and find out more about his personality. Discuss your health goals with him and find out how he intends to carry out the training. Do not hire somebody whom you think you cannot trust as you will have to invest your health in them.
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