O.k. so you're ready to get back into the gym but you're feeling a little lost. You need a personal trainer, but how do you find a good one??
Just head into the gym or type "personal trainer" into google, eni meni mini mo, and hey presto you've found the one for you. Right??....WRONG!!!
I feel this habit comes from choosing doctors or physios. I could be wrong on this one but I feel that most people think "they all went to school for this so what difference does it make?". And with doctors or physios that holds more truth because they are regulated. Now don't get me wrong, there is still a big discrepancy in the quality of the practitioner when it comes to regulated forms of treatment but at the end of the day they all have a minimum standard. They all know the basics.
Personal trainers however, all that goes out the window...because we are not regulated.
It amazes me that no one is talking about this. It's like the dirty little secret of the training industry. There is no one governing body, there is no minimum standard, there is no nothing.
And the result...
Some certification just require you to pass a written test. That's right, you sign up, they send you a manual which you scan read, sit the exam and now you're a personal trainer!! No hands on learning, no "this movement is bad, this movement is good", NOTHING!! What anyone actually learns from that is beyond me.
Some "specialist" certifications require you to come in for 2 weekends (25 hours) as well as the standard manual, sit a written test and now you're a "specialist"???? And, no, I'm not making this up!! This is what the majority of personal trainers hang their hats on. This is what "sets them apart" from you.
Some of the better certifications take 8 months to complete, with work experience. This is still a super basic certification when it comes to leaning how to be a professional trainer, but it's an o.k. starting point.
What boggles my mind though is that 9 times out of 10 that's it in terms of education. Trainers don't continue learning. Everything they know comes from that manual or weekend course they took years ago!!
But that's not even what really pisses me off. What really makes me mad is when these trainers charge enormous hourly rates. They've read a manual and now you have to pay $65, $75 or even $85 per session to see these "educated" people!! I'm sorry but these people don't know shit. And what's worse is that often times gyms support this behavior. I've worked in a gym and witnessed first hand trainers who are still completing there certification train clients one-on-one without any guidance or instruction and those poor clients were paying $65 for that hour. THAT'S OVER A DOLLAR PER MINUTE!!
What's really scary about this is that the vast majority of personal trainers fall into category. So how do you find a good one?
Part 2 of this blog will uncover strategies for finding the right trainers. Easy things you can look for, quick questions you can ask and what level of education you should expect from the different price brackets.
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