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The Search For The Perfect Personal Trainer
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The Search for the Perfect Personal Trainer

The right personal trainer can help you bust through a plateau, get you started on a program or polish you up for an upcoming event. But, finding the right personal trainer is often the major struggle. There are many things to consider when choosing your trainer, starting with the kind of education that they have and how much knowledge that they might be able to share with you. Certification is available through a number of different agencies including the International Council on Exercise or the National Academy of Sports Medicine. There are also a number of college courses that are geared toward earning both a degree and at least one type of certification.

The personality of the trainer is also important to consider as well. A friend of mine signed up for a package deal of ten training sessions at a local gym. She knew from day one that it was a huge mistake but did not want to waste the money on these sessions. She went for two more and then finally quit. The money was entirely not worth it to her any longer. The problem was a complete difference in personality. My friend is a quiet, unassuming person, too sweet for her own good. The personal trainer in question was a gung-ho, in your face kind of guy. He shouted at my friend and called her "doughy". He didn't explain the moves that he wanted her to do, even though she had told him that she was a raw beginner. He just shouted out names and reps and then went back to staring at himself in the mirror and talking to the younger ladies who were passing by. Complaining to the gym did nothing- they swore by this guy's results.

My friend finally found the right personal trainer at the same gym- a very sweet woman who not only showed her the exercises but did them along side of her, stopping only to correct my friend's form from time to time. Both trainers had the same level of training and the same amount of experience but were night and day personality wise. It is important that you find someone who will help you achieve your goals in a way that is not so horrible that you just never go back.

Mr. Shouter finally did get his though. I won a week of personal training sessions and he was the only one who had time on his schedule. He shouted at me once and said that I was weak. I shouted back at him, pushed him off of his little chair and pinned him to the ground before he could react. I was quickly offered a gift certificate in lieu of the personal training.


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You re right you need to find the right match to get things done the right way

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