Many of us want to go to the gym to burn all those calories of the holiday season. To start, on your arrival, you can contact a personal trainer or Study at your own pace course. Here are eight important questions to ask before making your choice to retain your services.
1. Are you certified?
Unfortunately, not all coaches qualify through a certification such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
To obtain certification, a personal trainer must take courses, take standardized exams, and receive training in CPR and first aid.
2. Are you specialized?
The needs of a 20-year-old healthy woman differ from a 75-year-old woman with osteoporosis. Coaches must understand these nuances; if they specialize, they are better placed to meet these special needs.
3. How long have you been in the field?
Our learning in our own field is growing over time; physical exercise is no exception. The more coaches take workshops, courses, and network in their environment, the more they learn more. Look for a professional with at least two years of experience.
4. Can I call your old customers for a reference?
We routinely check the references of those we hire, so why not those of a personal trainer? The fact that a coach willingly agrees to provide references shows the support and appreciation of his clients.
5. Can I try before buying?
Many coaches offer an ex gratia session before their clients retain their services, a great way to try before committing to a package of several hundred dollars. This is commonplace, so your request should not surprise them.
6. Do you continue your training?
Has the potential coach been certified 20 or more years ago? In this case, he must be aware of new trends in physical exercise rather than the past generation. Continuing education is an essential aspect of the personal trainer profession. CPR and First Aid training must also be updated on a regular basis.
7. How long can I reach my goals?
A coach should give you a realistic time frame and not quick fixes guaranteed. Being fit takes time! Your expectations will be realistic if you start with some knowledge. The coach’s assessment of the achievement of your goals should be consistent with your expectations.
8. Are you insured?
Everyone is safe, and independent coaches must sign up. Some sports centers provide coaches who work full time. If you get hurt, you’ll know you’re covered.