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Is there a specific certification to be a personal trainer? Do you ask to see pictures of their current clients? How can you tell if they're good?

Fri. Dec 11, 8:33am

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I would say the best way to tell is try and watch the trainers in your gym and the clients they are working with. See how hard they are pushing the client, is the client sweating, or are they just sitting talk to eachother as the expensive minutes go by?

I kind of tracked down my trainer for about a month before I hired him. I saw that he himself was in shape and his clients were really into the workout. He pushed me to the limit and i made significant improvements on my body!

Good luck!

Friday, December 11, 2009, 9:24 AM

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As far as certifications go, the ACSM-HFS* certification is supposed to be the gold standard in the industry. It actually requires a 2 year Associates Degree in a related field before the person can take the exam. There are many certifications out there but no others require any education whatsoever.

Ask the personal trainer for references. Find out which trainers in your gym have lots of experience. What are your specific goals? Many gyms have websites that detail each trainers background, education and specialties.


*American College of Sports Medicine- Health/Fitness Specialist

Friday, December 11, 2009, 1:42 PM

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I completely agree with 9:24. I did the same thing. Funny how some clients of trainers can carry on a conversation while doing every exercise.

When you are on a machine or doing lunges (etc), you should be focused on what you are doing. I can't do that and talk.

See if the trainer is correcting their form and really watching them instead of looking at their notebook or around the gym.

Good luck! Good trainers are out there, but you have to really look.

Friday, December 11, 2009, 2:31 PM

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Yeah watch out for the guy that is texting while his client is doing their crunches. Watch the trainers that give there clients advice on form, etc. Also if you are trying someone and you make progress, great. If you have no motivation and they are not pushing you, move on. Sometimes it just has to do with personalities too. Also you could ask the front desk at the gym who books up. That may not be everything, but people usually stick with someone good, so its an indication of quality.

Thursday, December 31, 2009, 9:44 PM

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You can't which is the major problem. Don't hire one until you only need to tone, not lose weight. they'll only help you build muscle which will just make you bigger until you up the cardio and get your eating under control.

Friday, January 01, 2010, 12:57 PM

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