The Athlete

How to Choose Personal Trainers to Meet Your Needs

Personal trainers can help us reach our fitness and muscle strength by providing an exercise regime suited to our need. They provide the motivation to carry on and help us frame a diet plan to achieve maximum results.

Hiring a personal trainer in bygone days was a luxury that only the rich could pay for. However, times have changed and now days anyone with spare income can afford to employ one. A qualified trainer can devise a training program that takes into account not only the health-training program, but the nutritional aspect as well.

It is very important that one should select a personal trainer properly. Someone who is not an expert trainer may devise a training program, which may have disastrous results.

Primarily, personal trainers should have bachelors, masters or doctorate in kinesiology, exercise science, physical education, exercise physiology, and sports management from an accredited university or institution. Certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), American Council on Exercise (ACE), International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), may be worth considering. One must check that the trainer took an examination and did not appear for one at home. Trainers having a Registered Dietitian certificate from the American Dietetic Association or having a Registered Dietetic Technician credentials from an accredited institution should be good enough for providing basic dieting suggestions.

Personal trainers have their own training plans and that may be different from what the ACSM recommends, but the product should be a healthy and well-toned body. Therefore, the workouts and nutritional aspects during the training is what matters most.

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