It is imperative to be aware of your trainers education, experience, and skill set because your health and safety will depend on it. Here are some questions you should always ask a trainer before beginning an exercise program with them:
1. What organizations are you certified through and are they current?
2. What is your educational background and how long have you been a trainer?
3. Have you worked with clients like me, (i.e. pregnant, special cases) with goals like mine?
4. What has been your success rate and what if any are the reasons a client did not make their goal?
5. Can you get me to my goal and how long will it take?
Getting the answers to these questions will help you be more successful in achieving your fitness goals. It will help you get real answers that will foster a trusting relationship with your trainer which is very important because you are about to spend a lot of time together. Additionally, learning the answers to questions 4 and 5 will aid the two of you in creating goals that are realistic and achievable. Don’t be afraid to ask these questions; remember, it’s your body, your money, and your safety– get informed and be more successful at getting healthy!
Read more about how to build a better relationship with your trainer and to know if your trainer is doing his or her utmost with How To Be An Awesome Personal Trainer; The Top 5 Best Practices!
Here is a quick guide to reputable national organizations that your trainer should belong to:
Founded in 1954, ACSM asserts to be the largest sports and exercise science organization with 20,000 chapter members’ world wide. ACSM is “committed to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise.” Types of certifications offered: Certified Personal Trainer, Health/Fitness Instructor, Exercise Specialist, and Registered Clinical Exercise Psychologist.
Founded in 1978, NSCA asserts to be the “worldwide authority on strength and conditioning.” NSCA is as an international nonprofit educational association with 30,000 members’ world wide with their focus on strength training for athletic performance. NSCA is an educational and training resource with a National Strength & Conditioning Foundation that seeks to increase grants and scholarships for its members. NSCA Certifying Commission certifications offered: Personal Trainer, and Strength & Condition Specialist.
Established in 1983, AFAA is one of the largest fitness educators issuing over 300,000 certifications world wide. “AFAA is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The DETC is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education; and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This meets IHRSA’s 2005 recommendation on accreditation for fitness certification organizations. AFAA is proud to be granted affiliate status with the National Board of Fitness Examiners (NBFE), additional accreditation by Vital Research and membership in the National Organization of Competency Assurance (NOCA).” Certifications offered: Personal Fitness Trainer Certification, Primary Group Exercise Certification, Kickboxing Certification, and Step Certification.
Founded in 1985, ACE is a “nonprofit organization committed to enriching quality of life through safe and effective physical activity.” ACE has 50,000 certified fitness professionals world wide. Accredited in 2003 by the Institute for Credential Excellence (ICE, formerly NOCA & NCCA). ACE also has an outstanding youth program that offers FREE curriculum to teachers. The certifications offered: Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant, and Clinical Exercise Specialist.
Established in 1987, NASM has more than 100,000 members’ world wide. Institute for Credential Excellence (ICE, formerly NOCA & NCCA) accredited, NASM asserts to be the leader in certifications and continuing education. As of August 2007, “University of North Carolina (UNC) is the official research and academic partner of the organization, creating the NASM Research Institute.” As well, NASM has intimate relationships with the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) providing resource and program consultation for its medical staff. Certifications offered: Personal Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist, and Corrective Exercise Specialist.
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