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29 Oct

Interview process of hiring a personal trainer

We are going to discuss the interview process of hiring a personal trainer.   The decision that should not be taken lightly for it only does it affect your hiring a personal trainer health but also your state of well-being.

Hire a Personal Trainer

Do you want to be happy, healthy, and functionally fit well into your coming years? Are you noticing that it’s increasingly challenging to find the motivation to stay physically active? The good news: you don’t have to do it alone. A qualified Defined Personal Trainer can help you achieve your goals in more ways than you may have considered! Below are my top ten reasons why every person should hire a certified personal fitness trainer.

Reduce injury risk

Ignorance and poor execution are common catalysts for injury. A knowledgeable personal trainer will improve your exercise execution and skill so that you reduce your risk for injury and get the most out of each activity.

Personal trainers are inexpensive

It’s true! Most trainers will charge between $60 and $80 per session and many offer discounts if you buy a package of sessions. And what’s this worth to you?

Let’s say you purchase a four-session package at $70 per hour, which amounts to $280. Say you do one session per week, so your package is good for one month. Now, add up your luxury “feel good” monthly expenses for items such as clothes, shoes, cigarettes, dinners, alcohol, entertainment, etc. Is it more than $280? Most likely! Try cutting down a little (not completely) on some of these expenses and put some of your savings towards your health and future!

Long-term guidance and motivation

As we age, it gets harder to stay motivated towards exercise, so having a trainer guide and motivate you can keep you going. Certified personal trainers can provide structure and do the thinking for you so you can focus on the “doing” rather than the planning. Initially, you may need to see your trainer more often to get on the right track; however, once you have learned what to do and how to do it, you can spread your sessions out to every 3-4 weeks. Consider these sessions your “review, revise and revitalize” check-ups.

Accountability

Your personal fitness trainer is there, waiting for you to show up. You can’t just find excuses not to go to the gym when someone is expecting you! Plus, your trainer reminds you of your reasons for wanting to exercise, and helps you understand why it’s so important even when you feel as though you could talk yourself out of it!

Variety and creativity

Trainers are professionals who are well versed in making exercise “fun” and more interesting by offering a wide variety of creative exercises. Too many of us get bored with our gym routines and start finding reasons not to go. Keep it interesting!

Learn life-long skills

The role of a personal trainer is to provide you with the right knowledge, resources, guidance, training and skills so that you can do “it” for yourself!  He or she is there to support you as you work towards enhancing the quality of your life now and in the future. Let your trainer guide you and teach you how to be your own personal trainer!

Put the “personal” in your training

A skilled trainer will assess your specific needs, injuries, health conditions or training goals (that 10km race you’re dreaming about, for example). The trainer will then develop a personalized plan with clear timelines and short-term achievement goals that will safely and effectively enable you to succeed.

Learn effective and efficient techniques

Spending too much time at the gym with not enough results? Personal trainers can save you plenty of time and energy wasted doing inefficient workouts. They show you how to maximize your efforts and your results.

Lose stubborn fat

It can become increasingly challenging to lose fat as we age. Why? Four main reasons: loss of calorie burning muscle tissue, increase in caloric intake, decreased activity levels, and changes in hormone balance. A trainer can help you build and maintain muscle mass, increase caloric expenditure and refer you to the proper specialists to address any medical issues such as hormonal imbalances that may be impeding your success.

A trainer is a great resource

A good trainer usually has a network of other specialists in the areas of nutrition, naturopathic medicine, massage, and more. Your trainer can refer you to the right specialists for all your non-exercise health needs.

Set the stage for a healthier future

There is little any physician, personal trainer or pill can do for you, other than what you can do for yourself. Being willing to make real long-term changes in your life is an inside job. Hiring a qualified trainer, even temporarily, can set the stage for a healthier, happier and more functionally active future.

We all want to be healthy and happy well into our senior years. Why not let a qualified and certified personal trainer get you started in the right direction and spark your internal drive to continue your health and fitness program on your own with “revitalizing” check-ups every 3 to 4 weeks. After all, while our top ten reasons to hire a trainer are important, the number-one reason will always be your health and vitality!

11 Mar

ACE Certified Code of Ethics

Health and fitness professionals have the unique role of designing programs, performing assessments motivating clients. However, one of the most important roles and reasons for earning a certification is to protect the public from harm.  ACE established an ethical code of conduct for professionals holding any of the four primary NCCA accredited certifications.  It was developed as a guide for health and fitness professionals to uphold ethical and professional standards and practices.

Maintaining professionalism is vital.  It is your responsibility to ensure you maintain the following Code of Ethics principles to adequately represent yourself and the industry.

Provide Safe and Effective Instruction

Complete proper industry-related screening processes for all clients. Use the appropriate and applicable assessment prior to designing and implementing programming. Remember that your role is to help improve and facilitate overall health and wellness in your client, not prescribe.

Provide Equal and Fair Treatment to All Clients

Health and fitness professionals serve diverse groups of individuals. You are obligated to treat each person fairly, without bias.

Stay Up to Date on the Latest Health and Fitness Research and Understand its Practical Application

Your education does not end with your core certification. With the industry continually evolving, it is necessary to remain informed through continuing education and professional development.

Maintain Current CPR Certification and Knowledge of First Aid Services

Most fitness facilities require this prior to and during employment. Health and fitness professionals should be current with the most up-to-date emergency response procedures.

Comply with All Applicable Business Employment and Intellectual Property Laws

Avoid misrepresentation. Maintain integrity and honesty in the services you provide. Disclose and clearly provide the right information to clients.

Maintain Confidentiality of All Client Information

Information disclosed to health and fitness professionals by clients is private. It is of the utmost importance to keep the information secure and confidential at all times.

Refer Clients to More Qualified Health or Medical Professionals When Appropriate

Know where the boundaries lie with regard to your expertise. Remain within your Scope of Practice and refer to appropriate medical professionals when clients’ needs fall outside of your expertise. (See Scope of Practice Guidelines in Chapter 1 of your Certification Manuals.)

Uphold and Enhance Public Appreciation and Trust for the Health and Fitness Industry

Be professional. Your education provides you with the necessary expertise to provide helpful and valid information to the public. Remember that you not only represent yourself, but the health and fitness industry as a whole.

Establish and Maintain Clear Professional Boundaries

Set and maintain appropriate boundaries between you and your clients.