Tips for choos­ing a per­sonal trainer

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - Edmonton - An­drea ross/ metro

Greg Har­vey from Fit ’N’ Well Per­sonal Train­ing Inc. was one of the first cer­ti­fied per­sonal train­ers to grad­u­ate from NAIT’s per­sonal fit­ness train­ing pro­gram when it first started 15 years ago.

Har­vey said per­sonal train­ers should also have first aid and CPR train­ing along­side proper school­ing in fit­ness train­ing.

Check out Har­vey’s three top tips for choos­ing a per­sonal trainer:

Check their cre­den­tials:

Make sure they have spe­cific cour­ses geared to­ward per­sonal train­ing. “If it took a week­end or two week­ends, even a month ( to get cer­ti­fied), that’s prob­a­bly not enough,” he said.

Find some­one who prac­tises what they preach:

Look for a trainer who ex­er­cises regularly and can re­late to what they are teach­ing. “They don’t have to be Miss Olympia,” he said. “But if they can’t do it, how can they sug­gest you do it?”

Choose some­one who is pro­fes­sional, con­sis­tent and mo­ti­vat­ing:

You can tell if some­one is work­ing as a trainer just for the money, ac­cord­ing to Har­vey. “It doesn’t mat­ter if they have the best physique in the world. If they aren’t mo­ti­vat­ing and gen­uinely there for you, I would ar­gue they aren’t the right choice for you,” Har­vey said.

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