Personal training has become more accessible to more people. Back in the days, you only hear about personal training as part of the lifestyle of the rich and the famous; but now, even a regular employee or a housewife can sign up for personal training.

Warnings have been given in terms of getting the right person for the job. There has been great emphasis placed on certifications. And while the level stated on the paper may give you proof that you have hired a legitimate personal trainer, Clint Hawkins of Fruita Community Center, Colorado says that there is a risk of finding false security on certifications.

In Australia, personal trainers are required to get certification and insurance from Fitness Australia or Kinnect.

In Australia, personal trainers are required to get certification and insurance from Fitness Australia or Kinnect.

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“All these famous, wealthy people have personal trainers, so I thought, ‘why not me?'” says Turano.

Turano turned to the Fruita Community Center and did her own interviewing when it came to selecting her personal trainer.

“I wanted to know what kind of training he had; I wanted to know what kind of people and clients he worked with. I mean, I’m not your basic athlete that wants to go run a marathon; I just needed to get strong,” said Turano.

What To Look For In Personal Training Coaches

Here are some of the things that you need to consider when enrolling for personal training with a fitness coach:


Do not be fooled into thinking that a health-related college degree is unnecessary to be a personal training coach. To be able to acquire certification for the field, it is usually required by the certification board.

At the very least, enrol for exercise science. Other health-related courses that are certifiable are anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition classes – all of which are helpful and useful to you in your field.

Certifications should not be your basis of the expertise of your personal trainer but you must require it. Know where they got it. Tests done online and un-proctored are usually unreliable.

In Australia, personal trainers are required to get certification and insurance from Fitness Australia or Kinnect; And to be able to maintain membership, they must continue to enrol for CECs or Continuing Education Credits such as health conditions, and lifestyle and rehabilitation.

2. Experience

It’s important that your personal trainer has had experiences in handling different cases as people don’t always do the same set of exercises because of their varied needs. They need to be able to assess your physical needs correctly and be able to design an appropriate fitness plan suitable for your needs and goals.

According to Clint Hawkins, the continuing education courses they’ve taken up should give you a hint on how much they know about what they’re doing and the vastness of their experience in the field. Some can do more than others while others can meet some of your needs that can’t be met by others.

3. Exemplary Character

Your personal training coach doesn’t need to be over-friendly with you but he shouldn’t be intimidating for you, either. Communication is essential in any fitness program.

If he’s been working with other people for some time, someone’s bound to put in a good word for him. He must be reliable and must have a good track record with his clients.

One way to find out about your fitness coach is to inquire who his other clients are and how long he’s worked with them.  The length of time he’s been working with them should give you a clue on his work ethics.  Nobody sticks with unreliablepersonal trainers for a long time.

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