Are they qualified? Your personal trainer has to be nationally accredited. How knowledgeable they are will result in how affective their training is and how quickly you can achieve your fitness goals. Below is a list of some of the most common certifications:
NASM – National Academy of Sports Medicine
ACSM – American College of Sports Medicine
ACE – American Council on Exercise
CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
2. Area of Specialization
Do they specialize in weight loss, athletic performance, senior fitness, or rehabilitation, just to name a few. Choose a personal trainer that specializes in the fitness goals and areas you want to achieve success in.
How many clients has your trainer coached? What type of clients do they usually work with? How long have they been training for? These are all good questions to ask to better see if you and your trainer are a good fit. Ask for references. There’s no one better to tell you if this trainer is good or bad than someone who either has or is working with them.
Are you looking for a trainer that is energetic, enthusiastic and optimistic? These are things to think about when interviewing someone to be your personal trainer. Setting the right atmosphere will promote your success in achieving your fitness goals.
5. Style of Coaching
Is the training style similar to a drill sergeant or are they soft spoken? Finding a trainer that coaches you the way you want to be coached will make the experience more fun and enjoyable and increase your chances of having success.