Unlike lawyers, doctors or other health care practitioners, there's no universal standard required for personal trainers. And there are so many substandard, online personal training certifications available, just about anyone can call themselves a trainer these days.
The lack of a universal standard and the abundance of easy-access certifications makes it difficult for folks to find a knowledgeable, experienced personal trainer who has a high-level of expertise. The personal trainer you hire will be responsible for creating a workout program to help you reach your fitness goals while preventing injuries.
Most people hire a personal trainer because they are in need of help to reach their health and fitness goals such as motivation to lose weight, gain more energy, feel better overall, get stronger, gain more muscle, sleep better, correct muscular imbalances, and often times to help with back pain from a sedentary lifestyle.
To reach these kinds of goals, it's not enough to simply workout more with random exercises that anyone can throw at you, it's important to exercise right with a balanced program designed specifically for you.
Here are four critical questions to ask to help you choose the right person.
What types of certifications do you have?
The certifications that are most recognized are American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), C.H.E.K Institute (Exercise Coach), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Of course, a bachelor of science in a health-related field such as athletic training, sciences, health, nursing, physical therapy and other health related science degree is desirable as well. This shows an overall education based in science and health.