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2/14/08 11:32 A

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Another thing that we health professionals need to be aware of is the more knowledge YOU have about fitness make sure you chose a trainer that compares. I have taken a few classes in exercise science and am a massage therapist for sports plus I have done athletic training and etc etc..... Everyonce in a while I run into a trainer who knows enough to pass the test but when I need a challenge they look at me like I am crazy! Also, if you have injuries make sure that they are aware of those injuries and are not afraid to work with them. I think everyone needs a personal trainer! : ) But maybe I am biased! LOL

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2/14/08 9:12 A

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I completely agree. You really need someone that you connect with. If you don't respond well to someone that is a "drill sergeant" and would prefer someone that is going to "cheer" you on, make sure you know what type of trainer you're getting. It can make or break your success.

You also want someone that is going to teach you what you need to know to be able to eventually be able to do your workouts on your own. I think some trainers make you rely on them to heavily and when you venture out on your own without them, you fail.

I prefer to be looked at like a coach or teacher. I give others the skills and knowledge they need to eventually do it without me.

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2/13/08 7:35 P

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great information...........thanks for the post..............lita

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2/13/08 4:11 P

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I agree 100% with that post. I am currently in school and completing my internship right now as a personal trainer. I have learned SO MUCH so far and its only been about a month. It is very important to get to know your trainer or find one that has a good reputation. And doing the research about the trainer's background is important too. Certfication is important, but I STRONGLY suggest finding someone with a degree in exercise science as well. Unless the trainer without a degree comes higly recommended, they do not necessarily know what they are doing as a trainer. The certification is not too difficult to pass but when someone has a degree they learn the WHY and how to do things properly::proper form, and how to assess injuries and how to prevent them, little things, but clearly very important things.

Anyways, having a personal trainer I believe is very important because they have your best interests at heart and work very hard (WITH YOU) to help you to acheive whatever it is that you as a client would like.

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2/13/08 3:07 P

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An article I thought some might find useful:

How to Pick a Personal Trainer
by Louise Rafkin,2341

Our expert tips for the best way to find your exercise muse.

Looking for a quick motivational boost to get you started on a new weight-loss or workout plan? Why not splurge on a personal trainer? Find your perfect match with these five top tips from Rachel Tufunga, a personal trainer at Mavericks Gym in Emeryville, California, who was recently named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the Bay Area’s best.

Follow the bodies.
Spot a body to die for in Pilates class or at the coffee shop? Ask her for her trainer’s number.

It’s crucial to find a trainer whose voice and style you respond to (drill sergeant? chirpy cheerleader?), so sneak a peek at several while they’re with clients.

Do a background check.
To be sure you find a trainer who truly knows his or her stuff, look for someone who’s certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and/or National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Take a test drive.
Buy a single session before committing to an entire package. “You need to be sure you’ve found someone who understands you and will do whatever it takes to get you where you want to be,” Tufunga says.

Make the choice yourself.
Never—we repeat, never—let the gym staff assign you a trainer. That practically guarantees you’ll get the guy no one else wants in the name of spreading the clients out. (And there’s probably a good reason he’s not in demand, if you know what we mean.)

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