Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Find the Right Fitness Professional For You

It seems that new fitness facilities, studios and “body” boutiques, are opening up on every street corner. But before you rush out and stop by for “complimentary” free session, here’s what you should look for when evaluating the best fitness professional to help you achieved your health and fitness goals.

A personal trainer or fitness professional should have a 4 year college degree in exercise science, and hold current certification(s) through reputable fitness organizations (such as the American College of Sports Medicine or National Strength and Conditioning Association). Most states do not require either, which is unfortunate. You wouldn’t want your accountant filing your tax return unless she studied accounting in college (and preferably was a CPA), and you surely wouldn’t want a doctor performing surgery that didn’t have a medical license to practice. When it comes to your health and fitness, you want to make sure you find someone who is qualified, and that starts with education.

Next, make sure to ask your potential fitness professional about her experience, especially in relation to your goals. There are as many different health and fitness related goals as there are people looking to make positive changes. It’s essentially that the professional you hire has a track record of successfully helping others with similar goals. Ask for a client list that you can call to discover how she’s helped former and current clients with reaching their desired health and fitness outcomes.

And finally, make sure you choose a trainer with whom you feel comfortable and whether their personality is a good match with yours. Above all, trust your instincts. Hiring someone with superior training knowledge is worthless if you don’t feel comfortable. You need to trust, respect and feel at ease with them.

Whether you want to look stunning on your wedding day, shed pregnancy pounds, recover from an injury, run a marathon, or just make some sustainable changes to your current health and fitness, working with a the right fitness profession will surely help you get there. Just make sure you do a little investigation before you get started to find the right professional for you!

Here’s to your optimal health and fitness,

Brian Calkins

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