What to Look for in a Fitness Trainer - dummies

What to Look for in a Fitness Trainer

Part of Weight Training For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

Any personal trainer can help you get fit, but to get the most value from the fees you pay, you need to find a fitness trainer who motivates you to work hard and achieve results. When interviewing personal trainers, we suggest you look for these assets:

  • Certification: Your trainer should have credentials from one of the professional organisations in Australia or New Zealand. Look for certifications from:

    • Australian Institute of Fitness

    • Fitness Institute Australia (FIA)

    • New Zealand Institute of Sport

    • A TAFE or University

  • A personality that’s compatible with yours: Do you prefer a cheerleader or a drill sergeant?

  • Good teaching skills: Your trainer may have a PhD in physiology and be more congenial than Rosie O’Donnell, but can he or she teach you to do a push-up?

  • Personal attention: A trainer shouldn’t give the same program to a 65-year-old woman and a professional hockey player.