Questions You Should Ask Personal Trainers, Before You Hire One!


by Phil Beckett

There are a number of issues you need to discuss with all of the personal trainers you meet with to know if the personal trainers are qualified and likely to meet your individual needs before you spend any of your money.

Make sure your goals and objectives are very clear and make sure each of the personal trainers you interview really understand your goals and objectives.

Ask each of the personal trainers the following questions (if you can think of more then ask them because there's no such thing as a silly question):

  1. Why did you choose a career in personal fitness training?

    All legitimate personal trainers ought to have a passion for health and fitness and enjoy helping other individuals reach their health, fitness and weight loss goals.
     
  2. Do you have liability insurance?

    All personal trainers must protect their clients by insuring themselves and their services against personal injury and property loss in case you get injured while working out them.
     
  3. Are you certified in CPR and first aid?

    Emergencies during exercise sessions are very rare but all personal trainers must know the proper procedures to follow precisely, in all types of emergency situations, should one arise during your time with them.
     
  4. Do you need me to get a physical, health screening or some type of release from my doctor?

    All of the personal trainers you're interviewing must be made aware of any medical conditions or current and past injuries that you may have. Certain conditions can affect your ability to perform particular exercises.

    The personal trainers should be told all relevant details of your past medical history, including any medication you may be on.

    If you are under a doctor's care for whatever reason your personal trainer will discuss any exercise concerns with your physician.
     
  5. Do you keep up with current research and maintain contact with other health professionals such as: physicians, dietitians, physical therapists, other personal trainers and other types of health & fitness professionals?

    All personal trainers need to update their knowledge on an on- going basis through various seminars, workshops, annual exams, etc., so that they are able to provide you with the latest, safe and effective information.

    All good quality personal trainers will have reputable sources for information pertaining to your specific questions and concerns.
     
  6. Can you supply me with references from previous clients and other health & fitness specialists who are aware of the extent of your education and capabilities?

    Personal trainers are hired for numerous different reasons so it's very important to find someone who has experience in the type of training and help you are looking for.

    All good personal trainers will have satisfied customers and will gladly give you their contact information.

    Calling these former clients will go a long way to help you decide whether or not the personal trainer has the expertise to help you reach your specific goals.

    You just need to give a couple former clients a call. If they weren't satisfied they'll tell you right away and the reasons for it.
     
  7. What is the full cost per session and are there any package deals?

    Most professional personal trainers with a high degree of expertise are usually compensated as such. The majority of personal trainers charge anywhere from $20 to $100 per hour- long session.

    Make sure you ask if there are any additional fees and if the rate includes the use of a local health club because these are usually extra expenses.
     
  8. Do you provide clear-cut policies on cancellations, billing and so on in writing?

    It's a good idea to find out up-front all policies they may have: extra fees, contracts, cancellations, billing procedures, etc. and make sure they are clearly stated in writing to help avoid any misunderstandings or confusion.

The previous questions, that you should ask to all the personal trainers you meet with, will help you evaluate their credentials and determine whether their expertise is appropriate to your needs.



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About the Author

Phil Beckett is the author of The New Women's Guide To Successful Weight Loss & Fitness. He's helped thousands of women with their weight loss & fitness goals over the past 14 years. Visit http://www.womens-health-fitness.com to contact Phil.



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