Experienced personal trainers can inspire and motivate their clients to take fitness seriously while also providing support as men and women make the sometimes intimidating transition from sedentary lifestyles to more active ways of life.
“While the right personal trainer can make a world of difference, a mismatch between client and personal trainer can prove both ineffective and costly,” says Justin Draper, owner of Jada Blitz training. Justin says finding the right personal trainer doesn’t need to be an expensive exercise in trial and error. He offers the following helpful hints for those looking to hire a personal trainer who can help them reach their fitness goals.
- Inquire about certification and education. Numerous organizations certify personal trainers, and these certifications help men and women rest easy in the knowledge that their trainers are fully qualified to instruct them about fitness and plan exercise regimens. Organizations such as the National Academy for Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise are two of the most trusted and reliable certification organizations, but additional organizations also certify trainers. In addition to requesting prospective trainers’ certification credentials, ask about their educational history and if they have continued their education even after graduating, which may indicate their commitment to providing their clients with up-to-date information regarding physical fitness.
- Ask for recommendations. Another way to find a personal trainer is to ask friends, family, coworkers, or neighbors for recommendations. You might already know someone who achieved great results with a particular trainer, and he or she can provide you with an accurate idea of what it’s like to exercise under the guidance of that trainer. If you are already an athlete but feel a trainer might help you take your fitness to the next level, ask others who compete in your sport if they recommend someone, as they might be able to recommend a trainer who specializes in helping athletes in your particular sport.
- Disclose any limitations or conditions you might have. Personal trainers aren’t mind readers, so it’s important to disclose any medical conditions or limitations you might have regarding physical activity. Some trainers may specialize in working with special needs athletes. However, a trainer does not necessarily need experience working with special needs athletes to mesh with such clients.
- Don’t rush your decision. Both trainer and client are happier when they make a connection. Allow yourself ample time to find the right trainer that you feel comfortable with. Many gyms offer free personal training sessions to new members so take advantage of any such offerings when looking for trainers.
Justin says, “Personal trainers are a great asset to men and women looking to get in shape, and the right trainer can be just what such men and women need to make their fitness goals a reality.” He encourages people to contact him directly at 568.9057 to learn about the many training options available at Jada Blitz, including $15 semi-private training sessions, and ongoing fitness support and encouragement, even while away from the gym. Learn more at www.jadablitztraining.com.