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How to Evaluate Personal Trainers

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

A post on evaluating Personal Trainers

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When seeking a personal trainer, it is necessary for the public to educate themselves on how to interview the right person for the job. While there are many certified personal trainers out there, only a select few of them are truly competent. You should always ask and verify where their certification is from and what their credentials are. There are different types and levels of training certifications, only a handful of them are good. Most tests are multiple choice questions that are moderately difficult and some others require some essay or program design but are usually easy. What you need to look for is the continuing education courses the trainers have taken. It is the seminars and practical workshops that make a trainer better.

It is difficult for the public to decipher a good trainer from a bad one. In many cases, even the worst trainer knows more about physical fitness than the average person. Below are some fundamental questions that should be asked before making your choice. They are designed to save you from choosing a bad apple.

Questions you should ask:

* What certifications do they hold?
* Do they attend workshops and seminars? Which ones?
* How long have they been a trainer?
* How thorough was your evaluation? Did they do a medical history and test flexibility, core strength, muscle strength and endurance?
* Are they familiar with functional training (training according to daily activities or a specific goal)?
* Have they explained the importance of flexibility?
* Do they stress how important it is to properly brace the core and preserve the lumbar spine?
* Do they know what P.N.F(Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) stretching is?
* Have they explained that function is more important than vanity?
* Can they explain what they are going to do in the routine and how it benefits you?
* Did they explain that cardio alone is an inefficient workout?
* Do they have a basic understanding of nutrition?

If you already have a trainer you can evaluate them:

* Does your trainer understand that a core routine is not a series of floor exercises?
* Are you doing more free weights and medicine balls than machines?
* Do they ever take notes?
* Are you being properly warmed up at the beginning and being stretched at the end?
* Does your trainer change the routine regularly?
* Does you trainer incorporate balance boards, swiss balls, single leg exercises and other challenged environments?
* When training the core (midsection) does your trainer explain how important it is to do dynamic movements as well as isometric exercises and the importance of low back exercises?
* Does your trainer target weak areas?
* If you feel pain in places that you should not like your knees, low back and neck does your trainer change or modify the exercise to a pain free range?
* Do you truly understand what you are doing while you train?
* Are you really getting results?
* Do you do more back exercises than chest and abs?
* Are you setting goals?
* Are you talking about you and your needs?
* Are you getting undivided attention?

If you answered no to any of these questions, then your trainer may be lacking key knowledge that is necessary for you to reach your fitness goals. More importantly, your trainer may be doing you more harm than good. It is simple for a trainer to deceive an unsuspecting client into believing they are knowledgeable. This is due to the general public not being educated about the fitness industry and trusting a gym will provide them with a competent trainer. In most cases, gyms are not always concerned with the quality of the people they are hiring. If a gym thinks a trainer possesses strong sales skills, they will hire them as long as they have some type of certification. A qualified fitness professional will understand at the very least everything listed above. Remember when hiring a trainer to make sure they are a full time professional. Part time does not cut it when it comes to your health. Would you go to a part time Medical Doctor?

Be aware of trainers that are charging low rates. The going rate for a high level trainer is around $70-$90/hr even their entry level trainers are $40-60/hr. There are other trainers that charge way more than the rates just mentioned. In-homes for a high level professional trainer are around $125 and can be more. You may be able to get a really good trainer for $90-$100 depending on travel time, trainers charging much less are either just starting out, not that good or a close friend. You get what you pay for. It is important you research the trainers’ certification and check to make sure they are currently certified by Fitness Australia.

It is important to understand that certifications and degrees certainly help but do not mean everything. You want to know about their clinical experience and the workshops they attend. Ask who they work with and get at least three references to call from current clients. See if they work with any local doctors, all the good trainers work with at least one doctor.

A bad trainer can hurt you – do your research and make sure they are good.

 Scott Williams

CEO, Managing Director

Succeed Personal Development

2 x Time Australian PT Business of the Year

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The Cardio Debate

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

One of our great debates in the fitness industry still rages on:

 ‘You need to do cardio to lose weight’ runners-on-a-tready

 If you’re sceptical that you can get results without doing cardio, then you need to read this…

 My advice (and this works with excess protein intake as well)…

 “Just cut back on the cardio a little bit each week until you realize that doing less doesn’t actually slow your fat loss progress.”

 In fact, if you replace it with harder shorter intervals, I’ll bet you that will get more results than you would sticking to the long distance cardio. Want to see for yourself? If so, then  sign up for a month of Personal Training with one of our Personal Trainers or one of our Boot Camp programs doing short intervals only, and I guarantee your body shape will change or I will give you your money back…

 Most people don’t realize that you can’t expect to get different results by doing the same thing over and over again, but people are afraid of change. They’d rather keep on running for 45 minutes and not lose weight than try something different that pushes them out of their comfort zone a little bit for as little as 20 minutes and see the fat melt away.

 My personal opinion, people stick with cardio because it is easier mentally & physically to go for a jog or use the strider compared to doing real burn fat workouts that can change your body (such as the Succeed burn fat fast workout (due out soon), bodyweight exercises, and interval training).

 Taking the easy way out does NOT work.

 And it’s boring.

 Succeed’s NEW “burn fat fast workout” training program will be available online soon. It will be a complete training program available for purchase online that will transform your body.

I have been trialling this method of training for the past four months and have lost over 8kg of Bodyfat so far…. and I haven’t ran longer than 25 minutes in any session.

Still got a bit to go.. here is my target – vince-del-monte

 Stay tuned!

 Scott Williams

Succeed Personal Training

Need a Lower Intensity Exercise Regime?

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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Well here at Succeed we are always looking at ways to cater for everybody when it comes to fitness.

We all understand that we need to do something and that it is never to late for any body to start exercising.

Remember we live on average an extra 15 – 25 years than our ancestors, so it it vital we stay fit, healthy and active.

So we have joined forces with Heartmoves and one of our wonderful trainers in Karell Daly who has completed her course as a Heartmoves Instructor here in Canberra.

What is Heartmoves I hear you say?

Heartmoves is a gentle low to moderate intensity program suitable for anyone who hasn’t exercised in a while, or anyone with pre or existing chronic disease that needs to begin an exercise program.

This exercise program can help:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Improve cholestrol
  • Manage weight
  • Manage diabetes
  • Improve quality of life

Exercise includes a focus on strength, flexibility, fitness and co-ordination in a fun non intimidating environment.

 Join Heartmoves and Succeed to increase physical activity, maintain a healthy lifestyle , continue your exercise after rehabilitation, or just to meet new people.

 Heartmoves classes can be adapted for anyone from the young to the older adult.

 For more information on the Heartmoves Program please click the photo:

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Location: Chisolm Community Centre, 15-19 Halley St, Chisolm

Day: Thursday

Time: 6 – 7pm

Cost: $10 per session

For more information, or if you wish to join in at anytime please do not hesitate to contact us.

Scott Williams

CEO, Managing Director Succeed