Before you even consider hiring a personal fitness trainer consider these criteria to find a personal fitness trainer that will guarantee results.
* What is their Personal Trainer Education and Certification?
A national accredited certification through a reputable institute such as the National Personal Training Institute or the American Council on Exercise not some weekend crash course where you pay for a certificate. Even with a personal trainer certification a fitness professional is only as good as the results they get with their clients.
A solid academic background with a minimum of a bachelor’s in Exercise Science or related field will ensure a personal fitness trainer has the proper knowledge and background to produce a results driven program that will deliver exactly what you need to get results fast.
* Are you paying for sessions or results?
The standard view of a personal training is you pay for sessions and you workout. Are you paying for sessions or the results from an effective and fat burning fitness program? Any number of people can lead you through a workout session. They need to be more than a rep counter at your sessions, they need to be a coach that will show you all the critical elements to achieve your health and fitness goals.
You should receive nutritional strategies, motivational strategies and continuous accountability through email and phone. You should receive continuous guidance and support through every step of your quest for fitness. Look for a personal fitness trainer that will not just give you sessions, but provide a detailed plan of action week by week to guarantee your results and fitness success.
* Do they have a proven system for results?
A highly successful personal fitness trainer should do more than just take your money – they should have a proven system for delivering results with every single client. A system that addresses each component of the fitness puzzle. A method for coaching you through and ensuring you actually stick with the program, checking up on you each week to make sure you stick with the program for your own success.
* What is their guarantee? (or do they even have a guarantee)
What ? A personal fitness trainer guarantee? Yes! You invest into your body with a trainer you better make sure you will actually get something in return. A highly driven and successful fitness trainer will not blink an eye at offering a guarantee. After all if they deliver results there should be no worry about a guarantee.
Having a written and marketed guarantee proves you won’t be throwing away your hard earned $$ or your precious time. Never work with a personal fitness trainer unless they offer a 100% Money-Back Guarantee.
* Will they help you to make fitness a way of life for your future?
What you need is really a Fitness Coach not a Personal Trainer. Personal training is the service of guiding you through a workout, fitness coaching is the service of guiding you through getting you a fit body (more than just a workout). Having a personal fitness trainer with you every step of the way will help you to avoid the confusion and misleading info out there and find out how to maintain fitness as a way of life not a temporary condition.
* What experience to they have in the fitness industry?
A highly dedicated and motivated personal fitness trainer will be dedicated to fitness as a career. You don’t want someone who has fitness as just a hobby, who thinks hanging out at the gym is a social event. Look for a personal fitness trainer who dedicates them self to continuous learning and continuous improvement. Who has proven credibility through writing, speaking and credentials.
Do they have published articles? Are they relied upon by the media? Do they give presentations to public groups? Have they been interviewed as a credible source for fitness information? These are things to consider to help determine if they are actually serious about fitness, which means results for you.
* Do they address every area needed to get you results? (not just training sessions)
Look for someone that addresses more than just working out. Look for someone that shows you how to include proper eating habits, motivational strategies to keep you going with your fitness program, and gives you a detailed plan of action to get you to that body you desire in the shortest amount of time possible. If you don’t address each area you going to end up sunk with wasted time and $$.
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