Personal trainers can be great for boosting your progress on your fitness journey. Whether it’s jump starting a new regime, or refining your current plans, personal trainers can be a brilliant help. But how important are qualifications in a personal trainer? Do they signal sure fire success, or just a “nice-to-have”?
Personal trainers need at least a Level 3 Personal Training Certificate from an accredited provider. In order to gain this qualification, they will already need to have a Level 2 Gym Instructor Certificate – the two are not the same.
If you are embarrassed to ask to see a personal trainers qualifications, you can easily look them up on the Registry of Exercise Professionals. If you can’t find them, that should be a red flag.
Most trainers based from gyms will already have had to declare their qualifications to be allowed to operate from the premises.
Any sensible personal trainer should have first aid qualifications and liability insurance. After all, their job is to get you fit in a safe way. These two things show a consideration for if things do go wrong or you have an accident while in their care.
Focus On What You Need
Look for a personal trainer that has proven experience and success in the fields you are looking to work on. Are you looking to get back into the gym after an injury? Is your main aim losing weight or gaining muscle? Do you want someone with nutritional qualifications to help with your nutrition as well as exercise?
Different trainers will have different areas of expertise. A little research before you decide on a trainer can fast-track your success.
A great indicator of a personal trainer that can give you exactly what you are looking for is their past clients. If your trainer has recommendations from people around your age who have achieved your goals, chances are that you will achieve the same with their guidance.
Use Your Trial Workout Wisely
Many trainers offer a free, discounted or no-obligation workout to first-time clients. This is a great opportunity to suss out whether they are the trainer for you. They should ask you plenty of questions about your fitness goals and lifestyle. After all, if the workout is not tailored to your needs, you may as well download a workout online.
What If An Unqualified Trainer Is Cheaper?
An unqualified trainer is not a trainer. Without the appropriate skills and knowledge, you are putting yourself at risk. At best, you may not get as good results as with someone certified. At worst, your workout could result in injury. Being pushed too far in a workout that isn’t right for you can be very harmful. You wouldn’t let someone unqualified offer you medication, or even cut your hair. So don’t make that mistake with a personal trainer.
Choose somebody qualified, experienced who is willing to create a bespoke plan to help you smash your targets. With the right trainer, you’ll be motivated, confident and at your best fitness levels.