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12/28/18 8:23 P

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I once considered becoming certified, and found that most of the fitness certifying organizations have offices and even websites. You can Google them. Ask whether a particular individual has certification from them. However, it's not all that simple either: there is no one standard certification and no one clear criteria for what constitutes being qualified. What are the points that are vital to YOU that a trainer or therapist or instructor have? First aid? Anatomy? Special interests in particular concerns?

I love being active, so I have taken a lot of classes and joined a lot of different workout programs over the years. Some of the best instructors were not yet certified, or were just newly certified. And I personally think that some certifications are basically bosh. I listen to my body, and pay attention to how well someone listens to class members; how common-sensical what they say is; and of course, if I have problems with something I ask before or after class. TBH I have never had a truly BAD experience, so maybe that's helped me to feel confident about choosing a new class or program.

Hope you are able to get the information that will make you enjoy getting active again!



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11/18/18 10:54 P

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Go to your Library and check out videos, DVD's...then you can read what's on the cover first.....

On the Gym thing.... depending on your insurance, and age group, many insurance companies are including Health and Fitness benefits. Things like Fit and Silver, Silver Sneakers are FREE at my YMCA. The Y also has an application program for essentially "membership scholarships"---which are income adjusted. Also, Kaiser Permanente has a "home exercise" option where you can choose approved dvd's which they mail to you. Its worth a look or call to your insurance company!!
All the best,
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Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 11/18/2018 (22:56)
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11/17/18 4:09 P

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I don't like to use programs because likewise I don't want to be locked into something that either doesn't work or that I don't like.

Personally, I feel that the best approach is fitness DVDs, specifically Leslie Sanson Walk at Home DVDs. They are a great exercise incorporating strength training and cardio at the same time and you just have to buy the DVDs. There are also many videos of it on youtube where you could follow along with one and see if you like it.Then you can buy the DVDs. This would allow you great flexibility of when to exercise and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

Good luck :)



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9/24/18 9:59 A

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9/24/18 12:31 A

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You can go here to find out "about" them (click on "about" if it's not already there) and then pay the $15 if you insist or just go to youtube and subscribe to their channel for free or just watch the huge number of videos they already have posted (also free):


www.fitnessblender.com/page/about-fitness-
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9/14/18 6:08 A

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Also, if you have favorite videos or see one that you might like, you can see if the instructor has a website. Often, the instructor will list his or her certifications on their site, usually in the "About" section.

Here are some examples. (I picked three people off the top of my head.):

jessicasmithtv.com/jessica-smith/

walkathome.com/about-us/

www.jillianmichaels.com/about

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9/13/18 11:25 P

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I'm not sure that there's a way to find that info, especially since there are various certification companies out there. If you are interested in a program though, you should be able to email or call the company before purchasing to see if they will give you that information. They should at least be able to give you the name of the person in the video and you can try doing a web search to see if you can find out more about them.

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9/13/18 7:57 P

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Hi everyone,

There may be no answer to this, but I have to try.

I'm basically in a place where I am starting over for what feels like the hundredth time...it's been a good three or four years since I have exercised regularly, and I've lost quite a bit of ground in the meantime.

I don't have access to a gym and can't afford a trainer to the extent that I need one...and I really don't know what else I can do. I have this quirk problem: I'm uncomfortable committing to a program without being able to verify that the instructor on screen is nationally certified first. Laugh if you must, but this matters to me.

I'm finding most sites aren't providing this information without committing first, so I feel like I'm playing Russian roulette. Does anyone know of any sites or trainers (this would include YouTube if we must) that can be verified ahead of time? I don't think lowering my standards is a good idea otherwise...

David


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