Personal Trainers and Fitness
6 AnswersFirst and foremost your trainer should be certified or training to be certified, by a reputable organization like NSCA, ACSM or NASM. The majority of trainers probably have some sort of 4 year undergraduate degree or associates degree. There are a lot of cheap and easy certifications to acquire but they do not offer the education and continuing education that the above organizations offer.
2 AnswersAmy Colgan-Niemeyer, NASM Elite Trainer , Fitness, answered
I agree with NASM on this, but I also believe that it depends on personality. What type of personality do you have? What type of personality do you click best with? You want someone who is energetic and enthusiastic, but if they go over the top, get in your face, you might be more freaked out than motivated. Same goes for the shy, reserved instructor. That might turn you off depending on your personality. Arrange to speak with the instructor prior to signing up to see what kind of vibes you get. It'll help you decide if the instructor is right for you. Good luck!
1 AnswerUnless you live in the State of Hawaii, certified athletic trainers (ATCs), medical experts in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity, are not mandated by law to be employed by your high school. School district finances are usually to blame why they do not employ full-time athletic trainers. In fact, only 42% of high schools have any access to athletic training services. In 1998, the American Medical Association recommended that a certified athletic trainer be part of the athletic medical team of any school that mounts a sports program. Many states have now passed laws that dictate the care student athletes receive before returning to play from a concussion and implementing heat illness prevention programs, but do not mandate that these services be performed by an athletic trainer. As state and national attention continues to increase on awareness, education, and prevention of catastrophic injuries in youth sports, hopefully more school districts will make the commitment to athlete safety and hire a certified athletic trainer. Also, as a student or parent, it is your right to propose to your town school board that an athletic trainer is needed for your athletic program.
(This answer provided for NATA by Timothy Hansen, MS, ATC, CSCS.)
7 AnswersJeremiah Forster, NASM Elite Trainer , Fitness, answered
I am just going to give you my personal strategy for following up and not necessarily what I think everyone should do.
I take it as a huge compliment when a client wants to go off on their own because I believe they have learned enough to manage their fitness on their own and I have helped them. So before they go off on their own I talk to them about Exit Strategies.
An exit strategy is a calculated plan for them to be able to maintain their progress over a long period of time. You have to be just as focused to maintain as you do to lose or gain so we look at best practices for maintaining progress. I talk to them about healthy fluctuations, psychology of their mind, learning and periodization. I try to encourage them to continually pick new goals and have elevated levels of motivation and focus throughout the year and most importantly have a strategy and vision in place to maintain.
I personally will try and follow up with clients monthly who do not train with me. I have the attitude that unless they tell me to get lost that they are my client irregardless whether they work with me. I will try and keep in communication, answer questions and hold them to a level of accountability to make sure they stay focused even when they are on their own.
I also make sure that the client is comfortable to ask me questions, even if they are not paying me and also keep the door open to utilize my full services in the future.
Even when many of my clients go off on their own I still will have them do a maintenance coaching plan with me for much less money that is basically set just for accountability. That is how I do it. I just like to teach my clients how to maintain progress long term and I also believe strongly in them being my client for life until they tell me differently even if they are not paying anymore.
1 AnswerNational Academy of Sports Medicine answered
Having a live coach makes working out easier for the following key reasons:Â motivation, education, accountability, and increased results.Â Research has demonstrated that working with a fitness professional or live coach will help you effectively change your attitude towards exercise.Â A better attitude toward participating in exercise/physical activity will make it more enjoyable, leading to greater adherence and consistency with your program, which ultimately will lead to greater results and success.Â Education, another benefit of working with a live coach, will make working out easier because he or she will take the guesswork out of your exercise program allowing you to focus on one thing only, execution.Â However, throughout your time working with a live coach, your own education surrounding exercise technique, exercise program design, and proper nutrition based on your goals will increase which will empower you to continue your program confidently on your own.Â Having a live coach to keep you accountable to your goals will make working out easier because with him or her you will have a support system- making it less likely for you to stray from your program as you implement the significant lifestyle changes associated with participating in regular exercise. Last and certainly not least, having a live coach makes working out easier because you will get better results.Â There is substantial evidence to show that supervised training, such as with a live coach/fitness professional, produces up to 400% greater results when compared to unsupervised training. Better results in less time will lead to increased motivation, making it easier to continue working out.
7 AnswersDr. Dede Bonner , Health Education, answered
Avoid someone who has a cookie-cutter approach to exercise. A personal trainer should emphasize establishing a doable and fun routine. Two red flags are a lack of interest in you personally and a lack of questions about your goals.
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