What to Look for in a Trainer

2 Aug

I’m occasionally asked by relatives and friends, who don’t live within a reasonable proximity of my facility, what they should look for in a trainer.  Naturally, I have somewhat of a bias.  Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), the field of Strength and Conditioning is not regulated.  This means that anyone can hang a shingle and claim to be a personal trainer or strength coach.  And, like any other profession, there are some very knowledgeable and reputable trainers and some, uh… not so good.  The internet age has certainly facilitated this phenomenon, enabling anyone to search Strength and Conditioning videos and implement what they see, without really understanding any of the foundational exercise science or practical application.

Here’s a short list of selection criteria for a Strength Coach/Trainer:

  • Educational Background (should include Exercise Science and Physiology)
  • Accredited Certification (through an organization like the NSCA)
  • First-Aid, CPR, AED Certification (better safe than sorry)
  • Personal Liability Insurance (it’s expensive, but protects both trainer and client)
  • Experience, Expertise (knowledgeable, reputable, credible)

I hope that’s helpful.  The list is not all-inclusive, nor is it intended to be absolute; just a starting point.


Your thoughts?

6 Responses to “What to Look for in a Trainer”

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  3. a November 1, 2012 at 7:18 PM #

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