A bad personal trainer can put in need of surgery, while a good one can set you up to be strong and flexible into old age. Take these tips and you’ll make the healthiest choice in the gym.
LOOK FOR FOCUS. Keep an eye on how distracted the personal trainers in your gym are – if they spend more time looking around or chatting, choose a different trainer, one who pays attention to their client’s needs.
TEST THE TRAINERS. Ask for advice about an exercise or machines. Ask questions such as: Why should I do it this way? What muscles are affected? A good trainer will know – and be willing to share – the answers.
CHECK CREDENTIALS. Your trainer should have current certification from ACSM, NASM, ACE, NSCA or another reputable organization, and should also be certified in CPR.
ASK WHAT CLASSES THE TRAINER HAS TAKEN RECENTLY. Recertification requires ongoing study and you want a trainer who’s on top of new developments.
GO FOR THE TRAINER WITH THE BEST BODY. Go for the trainer whose clients have enviable forms.
FALL FOR THE HARD SELL. Any trainer who’s chasing you around the gym belongs in sales and not on the floor.
IMPULSE BUY. You’ll end up with buyer’s remorse and a backache. Take your time. Make sure you like what you see before you try it, and try it before you sign the contract.
BE SHY. Ask gym members what they think of their trainers. They’ll tell you.
CW: Lost 102.2 lbs (Nov. 11)
GW: 120.0 lbs (N/A)
"The beauty of the Gospel message is not that we shall not suffer, but rather that regardless of the level and intensity of our suffering, God is always there by our side, and will always give us the strength to stand and not fail. In fact I would go as far as to say that the most effective witness to the lost, is the life of a suffering Christian, that overflows with joy, peace and love, rather than bitterness and self-pity.
| Pounds lost: 44.8