Choosing a Certified Personal Trainer

 

 

When considering fitness coaching or picking a personal trainer, you should start with your personal goals and the type of coaching that would motivate you to success.  Are you a person driven by a military boot camp approach or are you a holistic person who seeks similar traits in a trainer?  After considering your temperament, goals, expectations, and price range, there are some ways to find a personal trainer DC.  You can use the internet, referral by a friend or associate, and much more.  Once you find a few Washington DC Personal trainers that interest you, you should consider the following points when meeting personal trainersDC and make your decision. 

 

  • Do not be afraid to ask questions about anything that you are unsure of or that concerns you.  A qualified personal trainer will be able to communicate their training techniques and expectations from clients effectively.  If not, that may be a sign that he or she is not the person you are looking to hire as your personal trainer.  

 

  • Ask about the personal trainer’s credentials and qualifications.  You can use the National Organization of Credentialing Association’s (NOCA) website (www.noca.org) to get an idea of legitimate certifying agencies and some of the credentials you would like in a trainer.  Maybe you would like a personal trainer specifically trained to work with previous injuries such as an NASM-CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist) or address your needs in other ways.  NOCA’s website is only one of many that may help you in your process of choosing a trainer. 

 

  • Choose a well-balanced trainer that has knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) that address both your nutritional and physical needs.  During your first meeting with a potential DC trainer, discuss your needs and allow them to share their techniques with you.   

 

  • Ultimately, choosing a personal trainer will empower you to meet your goals, and I hope that you choose someone you are comfortable with and motivated by their skill set.