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Find a Trainer

Find a trainer that can be instrumental in helping you get back in shape.  Trainers may use the names: athletic trainer, personal trainer, fitness trainer etc. depending on their qualifications.  When you consider that your health is money, the cost of a trainer becomes less expensive and can be more cost effective than making costly mistakes, especially at the outset.

Because working with a trainer can become expensive, make sure you find a trainer that will help you succeed with your back in shape goals.  When you look for a trainer, make sure to find one with qualifications, recommendations, liability insurance, specialized training for your special needs and one whose personality helps to motivate you on your path to getting back in shape.

How do you choose and find a trainer?

1. A trainer who has passed the National Board of Fitness Examiners, or other nationally recognized  certification will be happy to show you their credentials.  Find a Trainer with the NBFE*.

2. Ask if your trainer has liability insurance.

3. You should ask for recommendations.  If you have a special health concern, look for trainers certified with specialized training such as an American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Find an American College of Sports Medicine  exercise specialist  by certification.  

4. Make sure that your trainer understands your goals and tailors a program to your specific wants and needs. And if your trainer is not meeting your needs, feel free to tell them that you are going to try another trainer. A real professional understands that a different trainer may be a better fit for you and may even have recommendations.

5.  For athletic and sports specific testing and training primarily in a team setting, CSCS or Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists are trained to improve athletic performance.  In a gym or fitness club, where you receive 1-on-1 training, your trainer may have a NSCA-CPT credential. (National Strength and Conditioning Association - Certified Personal Trainer)

 *The following are provisional affilliates of the NBFE:

Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (AAPTE)
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)

American Fitness Professionals and Associates (AFPA)
International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC)
National Endurance and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)

National Exercise Trainer Association (NETA) 
Professional Fitness Instructor Training (PFIT) 
World Instructor Training Schools (WITS)
International Association of Resistance Trainers (IART) 
U.S. Career Institute

National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT)
National Strength Professionals Association (NSPA) 
American Aerobic Association International - International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI - ISMA)
Health and Fitness Professionals Association (HFPA)


ACEfitness Article: How to Choose the Right Personal Trainer 

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