Hiring a personal trainer can be a smart choice for your health, but it is essential to find out if that trainer is properly certified. You only have one body, and an unqualified trainer could coach you into dangerous or harmful situations that could affect you for the rest of your life. Here are some tips for making sure you choose a properly certified personal trainer.
Understand the Certifications
Be sure to research what each certification means, as well as what the industry standard is for personal trainers. A certification is simply proof from a fitness organization that a person has passed an exam showing competency based on their organization's criteria. If the organization has rigorous standards, then great! If not, your health and safety are at risk. When vetting personal trainers, ask for copies of each certification they claim to have, and then verify the rigor and reputation of the certifying organization.
Some of the most reputable fitness organizations include the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), International Sports Science Association, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Verify Certifications and Experience
Once you have found a trainer you are considering, it's a good idea to verify their certification with the organization itself. Any reputable certifying organization will be able to give you accurate and up-to-date information about one of their trainer's credentials. Check their website for contact information.
If your trainer of choice works with a local gym, ask gym management to show you proof of the trainer's certification and request a copy.
Even if you get proof that a trainer is certified by some organization, do your best to verify that the certifying group is a reputable fitness organization. The last thing you want is a personal trainer certified by a fly-by-night operation. Your health and wellness is on the line here.
Ask About the Trainer's Insurance
Experienced trainers are well aware that liability insurance is a must. Make sure your trainer holds a liability policy to protect you in case of injury caused by activity under his or her training. Ask to see proof of their coverage, and if they do not have any, move on to the next trainer.
Contact Us for Help
If you believe you have been injured by an unqualified personal trainer, Smiley & Smiley LLP is here to help. Contact us today for a consultation. We are here to help.